by Max Brantley
Sad news — the surprise coming retirement of U.S. Rep. Barney Frank. Smart, funny, uncowed by bigots and other blusterers. Give him a cable TV show.
UPDATE: He went out swinging at Republicans, Newt and more. (Talking Points Memo.)
He held nothing back in his criticism of the state of the House under Republican rule.”
“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,” he said, “and that leaves very little room to work things out.