Barney Frank Gets A Spanking|
October 3, 2008
Say what you will about Bill O'Reilly, but he's the only person who finally did
what millions of conservatives have yearned to do. On the O'Reilly Factor last night,
host Bill O'Reilly gave Rep. Barney Frank a very public spanking for "presiding
over the largest financial failure of our time."
With his characteristic bulldog style, times ten, O'Reilly quoted Frank's July,
2008 statement that, despite a few problems, Fannie-Mae had a 'solid' future.' O'Reilly
got increasingly agitated as he outlined how thousands of Americans took Frank at
his word, only to lose big as Fannie Mae tanked shortly thereafter.
Barney Frank, consummate politician that he is, handled himself quite well, casting
himself as having fought for greater regulation and reform of Fannie Mae. Rep. Frank
was genuinely perplexed that Americans weren't judging him on his good intentions
instead of the disastrous results of his actions, or lack of actions.
Frank held his own, using the proven tactic of attacking the messenger instead of
responding to the actual issue. With a straight face, he accused Bill O'Reilly of
not listening. "I didn't say Fannie Mae was a good investment," Frank stated. With
that, O'Reilly went nuclear.
"Oh, stop the BS. Stop the crap," O'Reilly yelled, emphasizing his irritation with
huge finger jabs. 'You're a coward." Living up to the moniker 'No Spin Zone,' O'Reilly
went further, stating, "At least Christopher Cox was man enough to admit failure.
Come on, be a man. Come on, you coward. You blame everyone else. You're a coward!"
Frank again tried to switch the issue to O'Reilly's lack of manners. On this point,
he was somewhat correct. The confrontation indeed turned into a shout-fest, with
both sides maneuvering for control of the issue. Bill O'Reilly won. Barney Frank
Though this debate didn't conform to the civilized rules of debate by virtue of
finger pointing, shouting and accusations, it nevertheless was long overdue. The
point O'Reilly managed to convey was the utter lack of accountability assigned to
the very people who were supposed to be in charge of financial oversight. Namely,
Rep. Barney Frank and Sen. Chris Dodd - the very politicians who now jockey for
face time after having appointed themselves the experts in charge of solving this
vexing problem. After being directly responsible for causing it.
Hypocrisy is nothing new in politics, but with millions of Americans now paying
the price for Barney Frank's decisions, his very public spanking was long overdue.
Kudos to Bill O'Reilly and shame on Barney Frank for not 'being a man.'
Nancy Morgan is a columnist and news editor for
She lives in South Carolina.
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