Barney has lots of friends. No, not the purple, cartoon Barney but the ethically-challenged, cartoonish Barney, as in Frank. The inimitable Michelle Malkin calls them “Barney Frank’s Friends with Benefits” and they sure do benefit from their, umm, relationship with the homosexual congressman from Massachusetts’ 4th cd.
Rep. Frank adds a whole new dimension to the term “teflon man.” He seems to get away with more things–ethical, moral, and borderline criminal things–than any individual in Washington principally because he is homosexual and his peers dare not touch him, literally or figuratively speaking. Representing a district which includes uber-liberal bastions, the University of Dartmouth and Hillary Clinton’s alma mater, Wellesley College, doesn’t hurt, either; they consistently and blindly send him back to Congress whatever he does, or doesn’t do.
The most powerful homosexual in D.C., thanks to the House seniority system and to his position as former Chairman and now ranking Democrat on the Financial Services Committee, another of Frank’s machinations has come home to roost. I would say it bit him on the arse but that image could unduly arouse Barney.
Even the Boston Herald took a potshot at Barney in its story headlined, “Barney Frank Knocked on His Fannie,” which details the latest scandal to hit the newswires, Barney’s greasing the skids into a lucrative job for his long-time “companion,” (gay lover), Herb Moses, back in 1991.
The unabashed and proud Barney, who is rarely abashed or humble under any circumstances, freely admitted his greasing which was complicated by the fact that the job Moses landed in was with the FNMA, the Federal National Mortgage Association, better known as Fannie Mae, a government-sponsored enterprise chartered by congress engaged in the secondary mortgage market.
Rep. Frank in his capacity of member of the House Banking Committee was involved with overseeing the nation’s financial services industry, including Fannie Mae, but saw nothing improper in setting Moses up in a plum Fannie job. As he said, “If it is (a conflict of interest), then much of Washington is involved (in conflicts). It is a common thing in Washington for members of Congress to have spouses work for the federal government. There is no rule against it at all.”
In effect, as Malkin points out, Barney was playing the Everyone Does It card which he followed with playing the Everyone Knew It card, which is a lie.
Of course, too, perhaps much to his chagrin, Moses wasn’t Frank’s spouse although they were shacking up at the time. However, his dismissal of the news report as “nonsense” was anything but and the conflict of interest, which he concealed for 20 years, was palpable. As a Republican spokesman noted, “The fact that Barney Frank didn’t see this as a conflict of interest is alarming by itself, but it’s so deceitful that it really shows voters that he’s not looking out for them in Washington.” (http://bit.ly/mFGKWH)
Known as a brilliant politician–what Democrat isn’t?–Barney has done some very stupid things from consorting with a male prostitute, Steven Gobie, for whom he generously provided his D.C. basement as a homosexual brothel, to facilitating the financial collapse of 2008 in conjunction with his good Dem buddy, Sen. Chris Dodd.
(For a more thorough review of Barney’s exploits, please see “Who or What Is Barney Frank?” http://bit.ly/inju3q)
On the other hand, Barney’s net worth that year of economic turmoil had grown to an impressive $972,150 so maybe he’s smarter than he looks since he made out like a bandit.
Either way, dumb as a post or smart as a fox, Barney Frank will undoubtedly skate right through his latest mess and be returned to congress for another term or two or ten by the brilliant folk of Dartmouth, Wellesley, and the rest of the 4th cd, as well he should. After all, he’s funnier than that purple Barney and that should count for something, no?