January 14, 2010

Barney Frank gets mad

Aw, poor baby. He gets upset with a Washington Times reporter for asking a few questions:

REPORTER: Congressman, excuse me, let’s switch gears for a moment and turn to the Massachusetts Senate race that’s going on right now … particularly Scott Brown’s comment that it’s not Mr. Kennedy’s seat or it’s not the Democrat’s seat.

BARNEY FRANK: Of course not. Whoever said it was? It’s the people’s seat. Of course it is.

REPORTER: What about the assertion that …

BARNEY FRANK: We’re the ones who say … I was all for an election, so what is there [unintelligible].

REPORTER: What about the assertion that if Mr. Brown were to win that Massachusetts would find a way not to certify the election?

BARNEY FRANK: That is the stupidest thing I’ve been asked in a long time. Who do you work for?

REPORTER: Washington Times.

BARNEY FRANK: I’m not surprised. That is insane, the suggestion could only come from a demented right wing source. There isn’t the slightest possibility of it happening—a way of doing it. That is conspiracy theory at its most contemptible.

First, "whoever said the seat was Kennedy's"? How about CNN, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Time, the Washington Post, the New York Times, and MoveOn.org?

Second, why is the suggestion that Mass. would find a way to not to certify a Brown win "demented?" After all, the freakin' state quickly changed the rules by which a successor could fill a vacancy shortly after Ted Kennedy died, right? Oh, and then there was the idea that should Scott Brown win the US Senate election, his swearing in would be "stalled" to allow interim senator Paul Kirk to cast the deciding vote on health care.

The U.S. Senate ultimately will schedule the swearing-in of Kirk’s successor, but not until the state certifies the election.

Friday, a spokesman for Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin, who is overseeing the election but did not respond to a call seeking comment, said certification of the Jan. 19 election by the Governor’s Council would take a while.

“Because it’s a federal election,” spokesman Brian McNiff said. “We’d have to wait 10 days for absentee and military ballots to come in.”

Another source told the Herald that Galvin’s office has said the election won’t be certified until Feb. 20 - well after the president’s address.

Since the U.S. Senate doesn’t meet again in formal session until Jan. 20, Bay State voters will have made their decision before a vote on health-care reform could be held. But Kirk and Galvin’s office said Friday a victorious Brown would be left in limbo.

In contrast, Rep. Niki Tsongas (D-Lowell) was sworn in at the U.S. House of Representatives on Oct. 18, 2007, just two days after winning a special election to replace Martin Meehan. In that case, Tsongas made it to Capitol Hill in time to override a presidential veto of the expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.

So, tell me why, again, the reporter's question was "insane" and "demented" ... ?

Posted by Hube at January 14, 2010 02:09 PM | TrackBack

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I heard a radio report about this, but couldn't understand the soundbite from Barney. It sounded like he had something in his mouth.

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