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Gay rights champ Rep. Barney Frank lashes out at critics
San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/12/7 | Carolyn Lochhead

Posted on 10/12/2007 8:03:21 AM PDT by SmithL

Washington -- The leading champion of gay rights in Congress ripped into what he called self-defeating ideological purists on the left who are unhappy with the Democrat-led Congress over issues such as the Iraq war and dropping transgender people from a job discrimination bill.

Rep. Barney Frank, a Massachusetts Democrat who is gay, is under ferocious attack from gay rights organizations for his decision to strip transgender people from a long-sought bill to protect gays, lesbians and bisexuals from job discrimination.

Clearly angered by unaccustomed criticism from his most ardent allies, Frank called a press conference Thursday - which coincided with National Coming Out Day - in which he accused gay rights organizations of an all-or-nothing approach that punishes their friends and damages the prospects for future gay-friendly legislation.

Straying well beyond the transgender issue, Frank struck back at a much broader belief among many liberal voters and constituencies that the new Democratic majority on Capitol Hill has failed to deliver as much as expected. He warned activists that they were in danger of a Terry Schiavo-style miscalculation, referring to Republicans who tried to cater to core voters by intervening two years ago in the case of a Florida woman on life support.

"This is a moment of truth as far as I'm concerned for responsible liberals in the Democratic Party," Frank said.

"The question is: Can we govern responsibly?

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: 110th; democratparty; homosexualagenda; lavendermafia; politicallycorrect; sexpositiveagenda; trandgender; widestance
"The question is: Can we govern responsibly?

Thank you for asking.

The answer is still NO!

1 posted on 10/12/2007 8:03:41 AM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL

“Rep. Barney Frank, a Massachusetts Democrat who is gay, is under ferocious attack from gay rights organizations “

CAT FIGHT!!!


2 posted on 10/12/2007 8:08:11 AM PDT by fungoking
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To: SmithL

Whoa, I don’t want Bawny “lashing out” with anything hes got.


3 posted on 10/12/2007 8:09:50 AM PDT by dforest (Duncan Hunter is the best hope we have on both fronts.)
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To: SmithL

I know lunch is approaching in the Eastern Time Zones...but I just have to note the following;

Its fun watching Liberals eat their own.


4 posted on 10/12/2007 8:09:59 AM PDT by Badeye (Free Willie!)
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To: SmithL

"This is a moment of truth as far as I'm concerned for responsible liberals in the Democratic Party," Frank said.

5 posted on 10/12/2007 8:10:41 AM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle ("Ron Paul and his flaming antiwar spam monkeys can Kiss my Ass!!" -- Jim Robinson, 09/30/07)
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To: SmithL

I guess he’s uncomfortable with THAT sort of tongue lashing... don’tcha hate it when your constituents lisp out at you, Bawny?


6 posted on 10/12/2007 8:14:50 AM PDT by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

He should just face it that they don’t make Gays like the Village People anymore. And his little conniption fit won’t change that.


7 posted on 10/12/2007 8:18:25 AM PDT by elhombrelibre (RUN Paul - a man proudly putting al Qaeda's interest ahead of America's.)
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To: SmithL

I don’t want to have to work with a man wearing a dress and lipstick pretending to be a woman. How do you take such a freak seriously?


8 posted on 10/12/2007 8:18:26 AM PDT by LetsRok
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To: SmithL
Barney Frank.

...ol' my boy lollipop.

9 posted on 10/12/2007 8:25:01 AM PDT by Landru (finally made it to the dark side of the moon.)
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To: Landru

Sounds like Barney is taking a wide stance on this issue.


10 posted on 10/12/2007 8:38:30 AM PDT by umgud (Axis of Propaganda; lib academia, lib media, lib entertainment)
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To: umgud

Well, as Ronaldo Maximus Reagan might say, this longtime Freeper and even longer conservative must take issue with whomever is taking Barney to task on this (no, I am not a “gay”): Rep. Frank was being, frank. He is actually just about the smartest guy/gal/gay on The Hill and deserves listening to. Whatever his proclivities, he is a sincere, real person, who does not speak in rhetoric but beliefs and faith. For that, we should listen, not mock, even though we/me disagree.


11 posted on 10/12/2007 8:49:14 AM PDT by Nick Thimmesch
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To: umgud
"Sounds like Barney is taking a wide stance on this issue."

Can't put my finger in it, but something's queer about that statement.
Can'tcha just be gay, um?

Some things are more fun than a human being should be allowed to have.

...y'know? :o)

12 posted on 10/12/2007 8:51:15 AM PDT by Landru (finally made it to the dark side of the moon.)
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To: SmithL

I guess, according to Frank, some deviants are better than others. That’s mighty intolerant of him!


13 posted on 10/12/2007 8:54:24 AM PDT by Master Shake
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To: SmithL
Straying well beyond the transgender issue, Frank struck back at a much broader belief among many liberal voters and constituencies that the new Democratic majority on Capitol Hill has failed to deliver as much as expected.

Learning the hard way to not make promises that you can't keep...

14 posted on 10/12/2007 9:00:56 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner
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To: SmithL
this just proves the old saying, "be careful what you wish for, you just might get it."

enjoying that congressional control, dems?

15 posted on 10/12/2007 10:20:08 AM PDT by smonk
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To: SmithL

“People who then denounce those who take reality into account... make it impossible for us to govern”.

Gotta agree with Rep. Frank on that snippet.


16 posted on 10/12/2007 11:00:35 AM PDT by jblair (Air Force Brat)
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To: SmithL
 
During the House Financial Services Full Committee Hearing on "Recent Events in the Credit and Mortgage Markets and Possible Implications for U.S. Consumers and the Global Economy"Chairman Barney Frank left the hearing in order to attend a meeting in support of legislation that would force American employers to hire homosexuals.   That says a lot about Barney's priorities.  
 
Barney "Fife" Frank.
Financial Services Watchdog
 
This watchdog only has one tooth and
Barney's boyfriend makes him keep it in his pocket

17 posted on 10/12/2007 12:10:50 PM PDT by VxH (One if by Land, Two if by Sea, and Three if by Wire Transfer)
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To: SmithL

“Gay rights champ Rep. Barney Frank lashes out at critics”

Should read

“Gay rights champ Rep.Barney Frank SLAPS back at critics”


18 posted on 10/12/2007 12:19:00 PM PDT by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts and guns made America great.)
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To: Landru

How many licks does it take to get to the center....

19 posted on 10/12/2007 2:13:34 PM PDT by The Iceman Cometh (Democrats In Control! (Where's my friggin' free stuff?))
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To: SmithL
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20 posted on 10/12/2007 2:16:12 PM PDT by Dick Vomer (liberals suck....... but it depends on what your definition of the word "suck" is.,)
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To: The Iceman Cometh
"How many licks does it take to get to the center..."

Shouldn't that be *grabs*??? {see #20}

Oh and one more thing.
While it's true the Liberal-Socialists will kill many of us, they'll make [damned] sure they don't kill us all.

...they want the tax revenue. ;^)

21 posted on 10/12/2007 2:32:56 PM PDT by Landru (finally made it to the dark side of the moon.)
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