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Barney Frank: Gay Inc.’s Failed Lobbying Effort Is Why Legislation Never Moves Forward

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Saying that Rep. Barney Frank got cranky with an interviewer is no longer a Queerty-approved way of introducing a post. So how about saying Frank is pissed off at whiny gays who aren’t doing enough to lobby their lawmakers and how they need to lay off the president? Oh, that’s cliche too?

“The president is leading,” Frank insists to Michelangelo Signorile. “You don’t wait for the president to go out and lobby. The NRA doesn’t wait for the president to go out and lobby. … You think the president has a magic wand? [Waiting for the president to force a vote] is exactly why we’re going to lose.”

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This is an angry man! Or, says Frank, “frustrated.” Funny, because so are citizens!

“The community does less lobbying than any other group … and sits around and whines because other people aren’t delivering it for us.” Which is as much an attack on Gay Inc. groups like the Human Rights Campaign than, say, commenters on this website wondering whether lawmakers’ heads are indeed irrevocably shoved up their asses. But it is, also, the truth.

So there’s that.