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« on: November 28, 2011, 10:06:03 am »
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http://politicalwire.com/archives/2011/11/28/frank_will_not_run_again.html

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« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2011, 10:06:52 am »
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Well at least something good will come from this election cycle.
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« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2011, 10:08:40 am »
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Didn't some western Massachusetts guy want to preserve the Olver district so he can run it in?

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« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2011, 10:13:21 am »
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He's over 70 and has been a congresscritter for three decades, so, you know.
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« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2011, 10:36:28 am »
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Disagreed with him about everything but always respected his willingness to step into the ring and fight for his beliefs
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« Reply #5 on: November 28, 2011, 10:41:11 am »
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Didn't some western Massachusetts guy want to preserve the Olver district so he can run it in?

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There was no way to preserve two districts west of Worcester with current population trends, with or without Olver. Stanley Rosenberg acknowledged that when they unveiled the map.
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« Reply #6 on: November 28, 2011, 12:00:34 pm »
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Sort of the Jesse Jackson of gay people. Done a lot of good. Didn't always set a good example though. All in all, FF. Prolly time for somebody new anyway. Or maybe they can just magically fix the lines and not get anybody new. Whatev.
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« Reply #7 on: November 28, 2011, 01:04:47 pm »
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Goodbye to a true FF.
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« Reply #8 on: November 28, 2011, 01:07:21 pm »
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Hmmm, good guy but I was expecting him to be a Congressman-for-life.
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« Reply #9 on: November 28, 2011, 01:17:23 pm »
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Congressman Mark Pacheco, I guess?
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« Reply #10 on: November 28, 2011, 02:02:41 pm »
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Didn't some western Massachusetts guy want to preserve the Olver district so he can run it in?

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There was no way to preserve two districts west of Worcester with current population trends, with or without Olver. Stanley Rosenberg acknowledged that when they unveiled the map.


Is that map final or can they redraw the Boston-area seats to make more geographic sense and give New Bedford and Fall River their own district without almost stretching to Boston?
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« Reply #11 on: November 28, 2011, 02:10:40 pm »
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Is that map final or can they redraw the Boston-area seats to make more geographic sense and give New Bedford and Fall River their own district without almost stretching to Boston?

The map is final. New Bedford was put in with the Cape and Islands in the current configuration, which makes sense, even if the 4th as otherwise conceived is still off.
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« Reply #12 on: November 28, 2011, 02:14:51 pm »
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Good riddance.
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« Reply #13 on: November 28, 2011, 02:45:05 pm »
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Farewell, Congressman.

My favorite memory of him.
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« Reply #14 on: November 28, 2011, 10:24:57 pm »
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Barney Frank has been great. One of the best in Congress. I am sorry to see him leave, but I wish him the best in retirement.
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« Reply #15 on: November 28, 2011, 10:47:11 pm »
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Goodbye to a true FF.
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« Reply #16 on: November 28, 2011, 11:19:50 pm »

On the GOP caucus in the House:  "It consists half of people who think like Michele Bachmann and half of people who are afraid of losing a primary to people who think like Michele Bachmann."

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« Reply #17 on: November 28, 2011, 11:22:40 pm »
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Did he really think he couldn't win?
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« Reply #18 on: November 28, 2011, 11:25:44 pm »
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Glad this hypocritical POS wouldn't be around for another term. The House and Washington politics overall will be a better place without him.
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« Reply #19 on: November 28, 2011, 11:40:40 pm »
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In honor of Barney Frank, let me type up a few paragraphs about him from a book I'm currently reading (The Promise by Johnathan Alter). This exchange happened on September 25, 2008, immediately after the impromptu "summit" that McCain had requested, when Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson approached the Democrats and begged them not to oppose the deal.

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Barney Frank muscled his way past Harry Reid and started yelling. "F-ck you, Hank! F-ck you! Blow up this deal? We didn't blow up this deal! Your guys blew up this deal! You better tell Bachus and the rest of them to get their sh-t together!" When Paulson tried to equivocate, Frank threw in another "F-ck you, Hank!" - his third of the day.

Everyone knew Frank had a temper, but no one had seen anything like this. For a moment it struck Robert Gibbs and Jim Manley that this little scene really could get physical: the pudgy congressman versus the gawky treasury secretary, right here in the White House. As a former Dartmouth football player, Paulson was the favorite, but maybe Frank had a shot.

The only person standing between Frank and Paulson was Barack Obama, who bent his arms and spread his palms to keep the two men apart. "Okay, guys," Obama said, like a teacher preventing a playground brawl.

But Frank wasn't about to back down. "Your problem is with the Republicans who want to torpedo this, not us!" he yelled. You go back and tell the president his problem is with his own f-cking party!"

Love him or hate him, that guy had some balls of steel.
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« Reply #20 on: November 29, 2011, 02:23:12 am »
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R+1.
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« Reply #21 on: November 29, 2011, 03:13:57 am »
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Farewell, excellent congressman! I would like to see more original and brainy people like him instead of "loyal party soldiers" (despite the fact that Frank was always a very liberal Democrat - he always came to his conclusions independent of what other had to say)
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« Reply #22 on: November 29, 2011, 08:47:58 am »
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Barney Frank muscled his way past Harry Reid and started yelling. "F-ck you, Hank! F-ck you! Blow up this deal? We didn't blow up this deal! Your guys blew up this deal! You better tell Bachus and the rest of them to get their sh-t together!" When Paulson tried to equivocate, Frank threw in another "F-ck you, Hank!" - his third of the day.

Everyone knew Frank had a temper, but no one had seen anything like this. For a moment it struck Robert Gibbs and Jim Manley that this little scene really could get physical: the pudgy congressman versus the gawky treasury secretary, right here in the White House. As a former Dartmouth football player, Paulson was the favorite, but maybe Frank had a shot.

The only person standing between Frank and Paulson was Barack Obama, who bent his arms and spread his palms to keep the two men apart. "Okay, guys," Obama said, like a teacher preventing a playground brawl.

But Frank wasn't about to back down. "Your problem is with the Republicans who want to torpedo this, not us!" he yelled. You go back and tell the president his problem is with his own f-cking party!"

Appropriate surname, no?
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« Reply #23 on: November 29, 2011, 09:00:42 am »
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Frank should cohost a MSNBC tv show with Armey.
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« Reply #24 on: November 29, 2011, 11:18:14 am »
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Well at least something good will come from this election cycle.

Good riddance.

Glad this hypocritical POS wouldn't be around for another term. The House and Washington politics overall will be a better place without him.

Any particular reason, gentlemen?
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