Barney Frank Is Coming To CNBC — Here Are 12 Reminders Of What We’ve Been Missing

File photo shows House Financial Services Committee Chairman Frank listening to US Treasury Secretary Geithner in WashingtonGood news! (Well, for most of us.) Barney Frank is coming back. After taking a year off after his retirement from Congress, Frank has signed on as a talking head for CNBC. It’s the perfect venue for Frank’s razor-sharp wit, which has been sadly missing from the current political scene. Here are 11 of Barney’s most memorable quotes to remind us of what we’ve been missing out on in his absence.

On the difference between race and sexual orientationRace has been much more devastating, but there’s one psychological factor [that’s different]: Very few black kids have ever had to worry about telling their parents that they were black.”

On fears that heterosexuals have of showering with gay men: “Do you think the spray makes it catching?”

On Rep. Dick Armey calling him “Barney Fag”: “I rule out that it was an innocent mispronunciation. I turned to my own expert, my mother, who reports that in 59 years of marriage, no one ever introduced her as Elsie Fag.”

On supporting the “radical gay agenda”: “I do not think that any self-respecting radical in history would have considered advocating people’s rights to get married, join the army, and earn a living as a terribly inspiring revolutionary platform.”

On Log Cabin Republicans: “I’ll be honest: For 20 years now I’ve heard how the Log Cabins are going to make Republicans better, but they’ve only gotten worse. I now understand why they call themselves Log Cabin: their role model is Uncle Tom.”

On being a minority: “I’m used to being in the minority. I’m a left-handed gay Jew. I’ve never felt, automatically, a member of any majority.”

On discussing issues with a woman who said Frank was following Obama’s “Nazi policy”: “Ma’am, trying to have a conversation with you would be like trying to argue with a dining room table. I have no interest in doing it.”

On a potential bumper sticker for Democrats: “We’re not perfect, but they’re nuts.”

On the war in Iraq: “The problem with the war in Iraq is not so much the intelligence as the stupidity.”

On President George W. Bush: “People might cite George Bush as proof that you can be totally impervious to the effects of Harvard and Yale education.”

On conservative values: “Conservatives believe that, from the standpoint of the federal government, life begins at conception and ends at birth”

On his ability to make reporters cry: “Does the First Amendment say something about how you can never say anything nasty to a reporter?”

We can hardly wait to see how Barney adds to the list through his new gig.


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  • Ron Jackson

    Go Barney go!

  • Sammy Schlipshit

    Is there a way to set up an B. Frank alert on the CNBC channel?

    I can’t tolerate watching any of their blowhards but would tune in to listen to Rep. Frank…..he’s the best….

  • Spike

    CNBC should hire Tom Daley!

  • Cam

    Sorry but when he attacked the gay community for DARING to ask for rights, telling the community that having a march and asking for rights meant they were acting like screaming children and that basically the gay community needed to sit down and shut up.

    He said gays needed to lobby him and his buddies in Congress like other special interests like mining and oil.

    At that point he proved that he had no interest in the community outside of what it could do for him. As long as he could tell others in Congress that he could hand them gay support we were fine, but as soon as the community actually started asking for rights he turned on us.

  • Rosanne J. Gunter

    as Gladys responded I am taken by surprise that a person can earn $5949 in 1 month on the computer. you could check here… http://bit.do/fEKa

  • manjoguy

    We have Barney Frank to thank in good part for our financial crisis (i.e., Dodd Frank bill). Do we need to hear any more from him?

  • Cam


    Considering that the economy crashed at the end of the Bush presidency two or so years before the Dodd Frank act I find it interesting that you would try to blame the financial crisis on that.

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