Barney Frank: I want the temp job in the US Senate

posted at 9:41 am on January 4, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

After an initial demurral on the question, Barney Frank has changed his mind about taking a temp job across the corridor on Capitol Hill.  Joe Scarborough asked the retiring Rep. Frank whether he’d consider accepting a temporary appointment to fill John Kerry’s Senate seat while Massachusetts arranges a special election, and Frank not only says he’d like to do it, he tells the Morning Joe panel that he’s already applied for the job:

“A month ago, or a few weeks ago, I said I wasn’t interested,” Frank said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “It was kind of like you’re about to graduate, and they said: ‘You gotta go to summer school.’ But [the fiscal cliff deal] now means that February, March and April are going to be among the most important months in American financial history.”

He added, “I’ve told the governor I would now like, frankly, to do that [serve as interim senator].”

Frank said he wouldn’t run for Kerry’s seat in a special election, which would likely take place this summer.

As I wrote before, this makes a lot of sense — at least from Deval Patrick’s perspective.  He may have a lot of backers that he needs to please, but none of them will have the ability to hit the ground running for a three-month gig like Frank.  The longtime Capitol Hill fixture has personal clout and media reach already, while a state-based pol would likely get overlooked.  Frank is fully briefed on the big issues on debt and spending, which means less work for Harry Reid and Democratic leadership.  With a commitment not to run in the special election, that should cement Frank’s bid for the appointment.

That may give Scott Brown a boost, too.  Frank will almost certainly be a voice for the hard Left on the spending debate, and he’ll demand even more taxes.  His visibility will give Brown some ammunition against the Democrats in the spring, where he’ll contrast Frank’s public demands for more taxes with his own spending-reduction approach, which may appeal more to voters even in Massachusetts after three months of the new round of tax hikes passed this week.


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Revolving doors.

nobar on January 4, 2013 at 9:43 AM

And in the evening, rather than curling up with a good book, curling up with one of the pages.

Drained Brain on January 4, 2013 at 9:45 AM

It’s not like it is going to be a game-changer in the Senate. They don’t do anything anyway. But before we get to this point, the Senate has to confirm Kerry as SecState. I hope the GOP holds true to its threats and puts a hold on the nomination until the pig-in-a-pantsuit stops hiding behind faux medical conditions and testifies under oath. Yes, I said it. Hillary Clinton’s only medical problem is a case of the Benghazis.

Happy Nomad on January 4, 2013 at 9:45 AM

Can’t stay away from that sweeeet, sweeeet, pork.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KE4FX1wWJdY

blatantblue on January 4, 2013 at 9:46 AM

It’s not “John Kerry’s seat.” No elected official owns those seats. They are there to serve; they are not crowned, knighted, or inducted.

Galtian on January 4, 2013 at 9:47 AM

Isn’t this “rich”

Ugh

CoffeeLover on January 4, 2013 at 9:48 AM

If you hate your own nation the democrat party is for you.

Speakup on January 4, 2013 at 9:48 AM

…Franks already tired of humping his mate…he needs to get out and hump us?

KOOLAID2 on January 4, 2013 at 9:49 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73CzXJsIatk

Mr. Frank Farts on Maddow

corujodp on January 4, 2013 at 9:51 AM

It’s hard to stay high-minded during a discussion of Barney Frank’s interest in John Kerry’s seat.

Drained Brain on January 4, 2013 at 9:52 AM

Scott Brown won’t win this election. The voters of Massachusetts have proven for decades that they will elected ANYTHING as long as it has a D next to its name. Barney Frank is perfect. Especially considering Hugo Chavez won’t be available.

SAMinVA on January 4, 2013 at 9:53 AM

With a commitment not to run in the special election, that should cement Frank’s bid for the appointment.

Why should this assurance be given any credibility?

“A month ago, or a few weeks ago, I said I wasn’t interested,” Frank said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

He’s already changed his mind in weeks/months on the temp job. I’d give it 60/40 odds that, if he is given the “temp” seat, within a month or two he comes up with additional rationales (e.g., the “fiscal cliff” & financial debate he cites for his current change of mind…) to say “know what? I think I will run for the 6-year term…”

cs89 on January 4, 2013 at 9:54 AM

…Franks already tired of humping his mate…he needs to get out and hump us?

KOOLAID2 on January 4, 2013 at 9:49 AM

dude……..i just ate breakfast.

GhoulAid on January 4, 2013 at 9:54 AM

I’ve told the governor I would now like, frankly, to do that

Pun intended?

The Rogue Tomato on January 4, 2013 at 9:54 AM

He wants to make sure he continues to get the Senior Citizen discount on the Ferry Fare to Fire Island…

Look it up people. The man actually complained when he
did not get this discount a few years back when he and his
lover were heading there for a Butt fest..

ToddPA on January 4, 2013 at 9:57 AM

Why not?

NAMBLA would love to have a champion for their perverted views in the Senate.

sentinelrules on January 4, 2013 at 9:59 AM

Will Fwank get to double-dip his awready-extwavagant pension if he fills the seat? (add any puns you like regarding the question)

What does it take to get rid of these guys? Most retired Congresscritters become lobbyists; we’re never rid of them. Former critter Trent Lott helped get some of the tax credits into the fiscal disaster, back in August. The agreement was dusted off and thrown in at the last minute.

These people are pesty, like a dog fed too long at the table and now needs to be put in the yard.

Liam on January 4, 2013 at 10:01 AM

Not weally understanding the pwoblem here.

Axe on January 4, 2013 at 10:02 AM

Isn’t one of the new D senators an LGBT member?

CoffeeLover on January 4, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Hey Barney, when you get to the Senate, could you explain to Harry Reid what a budget is?

Rovin on January 4, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Just shut up and go back to the bath house…

PatriotRider on January 4, 2013 at 10:07 AM

“What a revoltin’ development this is!”-Chester A. Riley

Mr. Arrogant on January 4, 2013 at 10:11 AM

But [the fiscal cliff deal] now means that February, March and April are going to be among the most important months in American financial history.”

Which is precisely why you shouldn’t be allowed within 50 miles of the Capital while it’s being worked on.

jnelchef on January 4, 2013 at 10:13 AM

My phrase of the day.

Sloppy Seconds.

Bmore on January 4, 2013 at 10:15 AM

Precisely the sort of elected “representative” from the East coast that makes me unsympathetic to any tragedies that occur in that region. His open, vitriolic contempt for people like me sometimes makes me wish for dissolution of this imperfect union.

M240H on January 4, 2013 at 10:16 AM

Arrgh me matey! Would he not be the first butt-pirate in the Senate? Yo ho ho!!

RandallinHerndon on January 4, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Isn’t one of the new D senators an LGBT member?

CoffeeLover on January 4, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Tammy Baldwin D, WI … I’m so proud.

/bitter sarc

M240H on January 4, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Sloppy Seconds.

Bmore on January 4, 2013 at 10:15 AM

*violent shudder*

Axe on January 4, 2013 at 10:18 AM

The only difference between Barney and a refrigerator is that a refrigerator doesn’t fart when you pull the meat out of it.

RFA on January 4, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Barney is a dinosaur from our with tax- imagination
And when he’s tall so fat
He’s what we call a dinosaur sensation aberration
Barney’s friends are big gay and small
They come from lots of places
After school and in jail they meet to play
And sing with after bribing happy faces
Barney shows us lots of things
Like how to play pretend
ABC’s, and 123′s
And how to that the housing market will be a friend
Barney comes to play with pay for us
Whenever we may dont need him
Barney can be your friend a Kennedy too
If you just make-believe him!

Valkyriepundit on January 4, 2013 at 10:20 AM

The only difference between Barney and a refrigerator is that a refrigerator doesn’t fart when you pull the meat out of it.

RFA on January 4, 2013 at 10:19 AM

I’ll never look at my refrigerators the same again. Thanks.

RandallinHerndon on January 4, 2013 at 10:21 AM

Axe on January 4, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Lol! ; ) You must admit, a very flexible phrase, can be used in describing much of what has been going on. On many different topics.

Bmore on January 4, 2013 at 10:22 AM

The only difference between Barney and a refrigerator is that a refrigerator doesn’t fart when you pull the meat out of it.

RFA on January 4, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Unlike Bawney, I’m not touching that one with a ten-foot pole.

Liam on January 4, 2013 at 10:22 AM

It’s like Christmas in January!!!

juanito on January 4, 2013 at 10:23 AM

Arrgh me matey! Would he not be the first butt-pirate in the Senate? Yo ho ho!!

RandallinHerndon on January 4, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Tammy Baldwin is replacing Herb Kohl. He is gay, but never had the integrity to publicly announce it. And, of course, as a Democrat he was never outed by Democrats.

M240H on January 4, 2013 at 10:26 AM

He’s baaaaaaack. Just when you thought he was gone. These Democrats are like dog p–p. You just can’t get it completely off your shoe.

BetseyRoss on January 4, 2013 at 10:27 AM

Isn’t one of the new D senators an LGBT member?

CoffeeLover on January 4, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Many variants exist including variations that merely change the order of the letters; LGBT or GLBT are the most common terms and the ones most frequently seen in current usage.[22] Although identical in meaning, “LGBT” may have a more feminist connotation than “GLBT” as it places the “L” (for “lesbian”) first.[22] When not inclusive of transgender people it is sometimes shortened to LGB.[22][25] LGBT may also include additional “Q”s for “queer” or “questioning” (sometimes abbreviated with a question mark and sometimes used to mean anybody not literally L, G, B or T) which can then look like e.g., “LGBTQ” or “LGBTQQ”".[26][27][28]

Other variants may add a “U” for “unsure”; a “C” for “curious”; an “I” for “intersex”; another “T” for “transsexual” or “transvestite”; another “T”, “TS”, or “2″ for “Two‐Spirit” persons; an “A” or “SA” for “straight allies”; or an “A” for “asexual”.[29][30][31][32][33] Some may also add a “P” for “pansexual” or “polyamorous”, an “H” for “HIV-affected”, and/or an “O” for “other”.[22][34]

“SGL” (i.e. “same gender loving”) is sometimes favored among black Americans as a way of distinguishing themselves from what they regard as white-dominated LGBT communities.[37] “MSM” (er.g. “men who have sex with men”) is clinically used to describe men who have sex with other men without referring to their sexual orientation.[38][39]

A phrase introduced in the 2000s, “minority sexual and gender identities” (“MSGI”), as well as the similar “gender and sexual minorities” (“GSM”), used to include all letters and acronyms, has yet to find its way into common usage.[40] The magazine Anything That Moves coined the acronym FABGLITTER (from Fetish such as the BDSM lifestyle community, Allies or poly-Amorous as in Polyamorous couples became more used, Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, Intersexed, Transgender, Transsexual Engendering Revolution or inter-Racial attraction), although this term has not made its way into common usage.[2]

Another acronym that has begun to spread is QUILTBAG, from Queer/Questioning, Undecided, Intersex, Lesbian, Trans, Bisexual, Asexual, Gay. Again, this is not a common term.[41] Similarly, in some areas people are starting to simply use ‘LGBTetc’ or ‘LGBTQetc’ to include everyone.[42][43][44]

The initial A for Allies came from some of the paraphilia or sexual fetishism lifestyles, who are primarily in support of the GLBT community, and sometimes they form an alliance in sociopolitical affairs to further represent the umbrella term GLBTA (Gay Lesbian Bi Trans Alternative or Allies).[citation needed]

. . .

Axe on January 4, 2013 at 10:28 AM

Will Fwank get to double-dip his awready-extwavagant pension if he fills the seat? (add any puns you like regarding the question)

Liam on January 4, 2013 at 10:01 AM

Fowwow da money. (Not touching that other line.)

Fallon on January 4, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Axe on January 4, 2013 at 10:28 AM

Oh, no, the band…………………

Bmore on January 4, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Interesting….six months ago Frank gave the reason he was not running for re-election was he was tired and wanted to spend more time with his family. He insisted that it was not the fact that he would probably lose the election. However, now he is no longer tired? Now he does not want to spend more time with his family? Me thinks this buffon is lying his ass off and has always lied his ass off.

logicman_1998 on January 4, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Frankly, no thanks to Mr. Frank and his frank.

hillsoftx on January 4, 2013 at 10:32 AM

Oh, no, the band…………………

Bmore on January 4, 2013 at 10:29 AM

:) What? I didn’t understand that.

And I’m not scanning all those periods either. :)

I was about to write a brief snarky comment to CoffeeLover about LGBT being too short now, but I couldn’t remember the longer version, so I went looking, and I learned so much I figured I’d just post it.

The band?

Axe on January 4, 2013 at 10:35 AM

Axe on January 4, 2013 at 10:35 AM

SS.

Bmore on January 4, 2013 at 10:36 AM

Aw damn it, Bmore. :)

Axe on January 4, 2013 at 10:37 AM

*not necessary. I scanned. :)

Axe on January 4, 2013 at 10:37 AM

“…February, March and April are going to be among the most important months in American financial history.”

…and since I have screwed up so much American financial history in the past, I want to be sure that I have a part in screwing this up also.

newpine on January 4, 2013 at 10:38 AM

He figures that if the Brittish government has an aging Queen then the American senate should have one too.

tommyboy on January 4, 2013 at 10:46 AM

Just what we need, that fat idiot in the Senate rolling the dice one more time.

GarandFan on January 4, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Butt sewously, cum on Bawney.

RandallinHerndon on January 4, 2013 at 10:51 AM

Butt sewously, cum on Bawney.

RandallinHerndon on January 4, 2013 at 10:51 AM

That was wrong on so many levels…LOL

Liam on January 4, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Bawney is ready for the job. He’s already got his sh*t packed.

RandallinHerndon on January 4, 2013 at 10:57 AM

It’s a disgrace that one of the principal actors that caused our country’s financial collapse is not only not in jail, but seeking a promotion.

dogsoldier on January 4, 2013 at 11:10 AM

Sure, give that giant slobbering POS yet another crack at mucking up some financial matters.

rayra on January 4, 2013 at 11:12 AM

Ross Perot: “That giant sucking sound you hear is jobs going to….no wait, never mind…Barney Frank is back.”

tommyboy on January 4, 2013 at 11:14 AM

…moderated… because I thought big teets Barney is the ideal candidate for a teet sucking state that should take the “M” away from their name and capitolize their first three letters?

KOOLAID2 on January 4, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Go away Barney. Isn’t there some man meat somewhere in Boston that you need to nibble on?

UltimateBob on January 4, 2013 at 11:51 AM

Bawney Fwank told Guvanuh Patwick he’d like fwankly to be a Senaduh. If he gets the temp job he will wemawkably change his mind and wun faw a full toim. Scott Bwown the Wepubwican and his pickup twuck won’t have a chance.

Theah was nevah a pwoblem wif Fannie aw Fweddie, wight Mistah Fwank?

Steve Z on January 4, 2013 at 11:55 AM

He no longer wants to spend more time with his wife?

Schadenfreude on January 4, 2013 at 11:56 AM

She’s been out of office for almost a day and already misses boning us taxpayers. That’s great. Just great.

Stu Gotts on January 4, 2013 at 11:56 AM

Barney now realizes he has absolutely no marketable skills – yup, the House of Lords is the place for him.

rhombus on January 4, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Great, he becomes a Senator without a vote, but through the back door…

right2bright on January 4, 2013 at 12:15 PM

“but, yeah…”

With Barney there is always a but involved…

right2bright on January 4, 2013 at 12:17 PM

And in the evening, rather than curling up with a good book, curling up with one of the pages.

Drained Brain on January 4, 2013 at 9:45 AM

Witty, but that wasn’t Barney Frank. That was Mark Foley (R-FL). Barney ain’t the only gay former congressman.

I’m just sayin’…

Time Lord on January 4, 2013 at 12:34 PM

It’s not “John Kerry’s seat.” No elected official owns those seats. They are there to serve; they are not crowned, knighted, or inducted.
Galtian on January 4, 2013 at 9:47 AM

I see you haven’t been up for a visit in a while. Come on up next summer and enjoy the beaches and seafood.

The moonbats won’t bite – I promise.

turfmann on January 4, 2013 at 12:41 PM

As I wrote before, this makes a lot of sense — at least from Deval Patrick’s perspective. He may have a lot of backers that he needs to please, but none of them will have the ability to hit the ground running for a three-month gig like Frank. The longtime Capitol Hill fixture has personal clout and media reach already, while a state-based pol would likely get overlooked. Frank is fully briefed on the big issues on debt and spending, which means less work for Harry Reid and Democratic leadership. With a commitment not to run in the special election, that should cement Frank’s bid for the appointment.

Really? Senator Barney Frank? Hasn’t he done enough damage already?

This puts me in mind of a thriller, where the bad guy is finally dead and gone, then suddenly comes back from the dead and has to be killed all over again.

It also puts me in mind of Winston Churchill’s favorite comment about the death of a political foe. “Embalm, cremate, and bury. Take no chances.”

tom on January 4, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Does Fwank suck on his food for he has no tweef??

Sherman1864 on January 4, 2013 at 1:50 PM

He gets a pension bump out of this…

Washington Fancy on January 4, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Go smoke a bowl and spoon with your man-wife…we don’t need you.

trs on January 4, 2013 at 3:42 PM

Bawney did enough damage allowing the Fannie/Freddie fiasco to inflate the housing bubble and lead to the financial meltdown. His kind of help is not wanted.

onlineanalyst on January 4, 2013 at 5:41 PM

When they said John Kerry’s seat was becoming vacant Barney thought they meant something else.

claudius on January 4, 2013 at 8:31 PM