We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Two reasons - (1) it is a very gerrymandered district covering a largely liberal part of Massachuetts with the exeption of Wrentham (leans Democrat) and Taunton (leans Republican) with the rest of the district being heavily Democratic.
(2) There has never been a formal, credible challenge to Frank until Bielat - he's never had to campaign. Now that he is in one, he's completely ass over teakettle not knowing what to do. And he's been himself - which is obnoxious.
Lastly, Frank is not the most lovable individual in the world - he's managed to piss off almost everybody including those in his own party with his smart mouth and overly large and demanding personality.
Beyond which, if I were to attempt to determine who was the single person most responsible for the mortgage credit crisis, it would be Barney Frank. His role in supporting the fraud at Frannie and Freddie and his continued pressuring of "Wall Street" to give loans to people who were unable to make payments eclipses all the other actors (of which there are many).
The only way that Frank is not deliberately one of the most damaging human beings to ever infest government, is that he simply made a math error in his appraisal of the housing credit markets.
As if he had no idea of the disaster being built in the basement at AIG with the CDS. The subprime crash was like falling out of an airplane --the fall doesn't do the damage --it's the sudden stop that does ya.
The CDS revelation --and what it did to LEH, or better said, the chance it gave the com munist mob sters we'd just elected (in 2006 and the admin they then spent two years setting up) to bust out LEH (ten times the size of the Enron bust out) and thus freeze world credit -- was the sudden stop.
But Frank, going back to the Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000, worked and still works hand in glove with the very very writers of the legislation that allowed the CDS buildup to hide.
--it's like he locked his family in the house and bur ned it down, and now asks for leni ency on the mur der charge on the grounds that an arso nist can't be expected to not to mur der his family.
I live in MA, but not that district. In my district the fight is about Jeff Perry (R), on Thursday morning there were 8 pieces of anti-Perry mail which is only slightly more than usual this month. Not one of the trash-bound flyer's wanted to talk about Jeff's stand on the issues or what he has said about what he will do if he gets to congress, its all about a incident that occurred twenty years ago when he was a police officer.
There was an illegal strip search of a teen-age girl by a officer under his command. He wasn't present in the room and didn't know about it at the time. And this is the best (or worst) that they can come up with. But the polls say that the massive negative campaign is working.
John - You provided a great illustration for the point I was set to make.
Massachusetts liberals don't like Democrats all that much. But their hatred for Republicans, and especially conservatives, is so fierce that they will do anything to keep them out. Their only campaign tactic is to tell you how evil their opponents are.
It's an extreme version of my observation that Democrats always say they will fight for you, while Republicans say they will work for you.
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--i've noticed that too --always with the fighting for this and the fighting for that, the democrats.
(hey, speaking Yiddish when i start?)
But anyhoo, the reason, i believe, that they always have to fight, is that generally speaking they are trying to steal your property, and you are fighting to hang onto it.