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C'mon, Andy. Don't you think Barney Frank deserves a little more from you than a snarky putdown?
Here's the context. Sullivan is responding to Frank's article in HuffPo. I quote the text [DCOW] of Sullivan's riposte in its entirety:
My friend Congressman Frank doesn't want to say "goodbye to all that." Presumably, that's why he's backing Clinton.
[Rimshot. Laughter. Try the veal!]
Andy, I'd say this post isn't up to your usual fine standard.
One, it's not on point. Your post misrepresents the serious point Frank is making. Here's what Frank, well-known hater of ponies, wrote in HuffPo:
[FRANK] I agree that it would have been better not to have had to fight over some of the issues that occupied us in the nineties. But there would have been only one way to avoid them — and that would have been to give up. More importantly, the only way I can think of to avoid “refighting the same fights we had in the 1990’s”, to quote Senator Obama, is to let our opponents win these fights without a struggle.
How can we say "goodbye" to the 90s when they won't go away? That's the point at issue, Andy, and "presumably" obfuscates it. No, not "presumably." Nothing "presumably" about it.
Two, it's insulting to Frank. Andy, it's not like Frank's fighting our (and your) battles out of whimsy, or because he's been eating radishes, or out of personal pique. It's because the battles still need to be fought.
Andy, I'm sure if you'd taken a moment to think before pressing Submit, you would have remembered this speech from Frank on the House floor. Here's the video: Read below the fold...