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With Frank leaving, Mass. Dems ponder bleak future
SFGate.com ^ | 11/29/11 | Steve LeBlanc - Associated Press

Posted on 11/29/2011 2:45:56 PM PST by NormsRevenge

BOSTON (AP) -- Rep. Barney Frank's decision to step down at the end of his term is the latest jolt to the bruised ego of the Massachusetts Democratic Party, which once counted Kennedys, House speakers and a president among its ranks.

Instead, some of the state's best-known political figures are now Republicans, among them Sen. Scott Brown and presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

"For a long time, Massachusetts Democrats have felt they played a special role in the national Democratic Party," said Tufts University political science professor Jeffrey Berry. "I think that has gone at this point. There is no one in Congress from Massachusetts who has that stature now."

Frank has long been a liberal lightning rod and is the highest-profile member of the state's all-Democratic House delegation. His announcement follows the decision of another Massachusetts representative, John Olver, a member of the House Appropriations panel, not to seek re-election.

Add to those impending departures the death of Sen. Edward Kennedy in 2009 and the state's loss of a House seat in the most recent redistricting process, and some Democrats in Massachusetts are wondering whether the glory days are behind them.

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Part of the decline is due to inexorable demographic changes that are working against the relatively small Northeastern state.

While Southern and Southwestern states have experienced population booms, Massachusetts has seen anemic growth, leading to the loss of one of its 10 seats in Congress.

The prospect of running in a newly redrawn district with 325,000 new constituents, ..

"One of the advantages to me of not running for office is that I don't even have to pretend to be nice to people I don't like," the famously acerbic Frank said.

There was a time not so long ago when Massachusetts Democrats held outsized political sway in Washington.

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


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: barneyfrank; bleak; future; leaving; massdems; ponder

1 posted on 11/29/2011 2:46:03 PM PST by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge
There was a time not so long ago when Massachusetts Democrats held outsized political sway in Washington.

and

While Southern and Southwestern states have experienced population booms, Massachusetts has seen anemic growth, leading to the loss of one of its 10 seats in Congress.

Gee, ya think there might be a connection?

2 posted on 11/29/2011 2:48:55 PM PST by Oatka (This is the USA, assimilate or evaporate.)
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To: NormsRevenge

They still have John “Do you know I served in Vietnam” Kerry.


3 posted on 11/29/2011 2:51:58 PM PST by proudpapa
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To: NormsRevenge

“Instead, some of the state’s best-known political figures are now Republicans, among them Sen. Scott Brown and presidential candidate Mitt Romney.”

RINOs, more like, but that’s the best you’re going to do in The People’s Republic of Taxachusetts.


4 posted on 11/29/2011 2:53:00 PM PST by tgusa (gun control: deep breath, sight alignment, squeeze the trigger .......)
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To: NormsRevenge

I heard on WLS-AM that now that he’s leaving, his seat is wide open and that he’s been hit in the face by more balls than a major league baseball player.


5 posted on 11/29/2011 2:53:18 PM PST by aruanan
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To: NormsRevenge

He’s not really going anywhere. He’ll still be screwing us without the coverage of the media as a lobbyist.


6 posted on 11/29/2011 2:56:27 PM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: proudpapa

Don’t you know that John Kerry was a war hero? He served with valor at the Battle of Chu Mai Dong which was just south of Kum Quat Yam on the Mugu Gai Pan River.


7 posted on 11/29/2011 2:56:50 PM PST by MeganC (No way in Hell am I voting for Mitt Romney. Not now, not ever. Deal with it.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Maybe psychotic, Progressive Democrats will not be returning to Congress in large numbers.

(One can only hope they move to Cuba.)

IMHO


8 posted on 11/29/2011 2:56:53 PM PST by ripley
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To: NormsRevenge
Mass. Dems Ponder Bleak Future

The future's fantastic I thought. Nancy Pelosi has said she expects to get her speaker's gavel back in January 2013. She knows what she's talking about, doesn't she?

9 posted on 11/29/2011 2:58:07 PM PST by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: NormsRevenge
Don't worry, Mass lefties! Elizabeth Warren will charm those independents with her oh-so convincing facade that she is your average (six-figure salaried, Hahvard-lawyering, socialism-licking, Obama appointee) soccer mom. Why, she taught those nice Occupy Wall Street folks everything she knew (which apprarently did not extend to the utility of toilet paper)!


10 posted on 11/29/2011 2:58:47 PM PST by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: NormsRevenge
They write like Barney was somebody to be proud of.

He was never that.

Ed Markey's probably going to get Frank's airtime, if he's up for it.

11 posted on 11/29/2011 3:02:09 PM PST by x
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To: ripley
"(One can only hope they move to Cuba.)"

Or Venezuela.

Their 'rat Utopia is already in practice in multiple countries 'round the world (e.g. ZIMBABWE). You'd think they would get a one way ticket to get to their objective.

12 posted on 11/29/2011 3:03:25 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: NormsRevenge
Instead, some of the state's best-known political figures are now Republicans,

Maybe, the people of Massachusetts are finally starting to grow up. Baby steps, baby steps....

13 posted on 11/29/2011 3:03:25 PM PST by sjmjax (Politicans are like bananas - they start out green, turn yellow, then rot.)
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To: NormsRevenge
"For a long time, Massachusetts Democrats have felt they played a special role in the destruction of America," said Tufts University political science professor Jeffrey Berry. "I think that has gone at this point."

We can only hope!!

14 posted on 11/29/2011 3:05:58 PM PST by DustyMoment (Congress - Another name for white collar criminals!!)
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To: sjmjax
"Maybe, the people of Massachusetts are finally starting to grow up."

'Don't think so.

Bunches of 'em have moved to NH to f'nKerry it up too.

15 posted on 11/29/2011 3:05:58 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: NormsRevenge

Firm progressives are lined up to become the next member to fill his seat.


16 posted on 11/29/2011 3:07:00 PM PST by Notwithstanding
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To: NormsRevenge

Bielat. Tom Wesley. 2 GOPers in the district.

any DEM names come up yet? Expect a nasty DEM primary?


17 posted on 11/29/2011 3:07:22 PM PST by campaignPete R-CT (I will go back to New Hampshire to campaign.)
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To: MeganC
Oh yeah. I know that area. Right near Bang Rang.
19 posted on 11/29/2011 3:22:04 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Oatka

I don’t know what everyone else is saying, but Rush said with Barney leaving, it leaves Frank’s seat wide open.


20 posted on 11/29/2011 3:24:25 PM PST by discipler (How's that 'hope and change' working for 'ya? - RL)
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To: NormsRevenge
"One of the advantages to me of not running for office is that I don't even have to pretend to be nice to people I don't like," the famously acerbic Frank said.

That works both ways, Barney.

When you give up your house seat, you lose a lot of perks, too. If there's any justice in the world, you'll have to stand in line at airport and get groped like a commoner (though that might not bother you much).

You might have to wait for a table at a tony restaurant, and they'll actually expect you to pay the bill, too!

And you'll find there aren't near as many girly men eager to play your nasty games...

Wait a minute, what am I saying? You've probably skimmed millions of dollars over the years, so little has changed.

Hope you don't mind paying for it YOURSELF for a change.

21 posted on 11/29/2011 3:28:32 PM PST by ZOOKER ( Exploring the fine line between cynicism and outright depression)
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To: NormsRevenge

Frank says that he’d like to “do some combination of writing, teaching, and lecturing”

Translation: He’s going to give lectures at the Kennedy School of Government on how to work the system


22 posted on 11/29/2011 3:42:57 PM PST by Strk321
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To: NormsRevenge
Maybe he is getting out of the kitchen because he knows there is some heat due to come down. Hopeful thinking.
23 posted on 11/29/2011 4:05:02 PM PST by Bellflower (Judas Iscariot, first democrat, robber, held the money bag, claimed to care for poor: John 12:4-6)
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To: NormsRevenge
You know you have a problem when Barney Franks is considered “The Grand Old Man” of Massachusetts politics
24 posted on 11/29/2011 4:08:05 PM PST by rdcbn
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To: Strk321
Translation: He’s going to give lectures at the Kennedy School of Government on how to work the system.

If that is the case someone should sit in on his, and/or others like his, classes and record them for public compsumption for educational purpose.

25 posted on 11/29/2011 4:08:10 PM PST by Bellflower (Judas Iscariot, first democrat, robber, held the money bag, claimed to care for poor: John 12:4-6)
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To: Bellflower

Yeah well, gotta train the next generation of grifters.


26 posted on 11/29/2011 4:09:52 PM PST by Strk321
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To: NormsRevenge

Massachusets is pretty much the eastern region ground zero for ultra leftoids.

I’m sure they will have no trouble at all coming up with another democrat politician who is a flaming queen with a 3 gallon drool.


27 posted on 11/29/2011 4:12:04 PM PST by Iron Munro (Unattended children will be towed away at the owners expense)
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To: NormsRevenge

You know, I was feeling pretty happy when I heard Frank was leaving. Giddy even! I was on my way to celebrating when I saw the Mass. Dems crying in their beer....and then I felt...EVEN BETTER!


28 posted on 11/29/2011 4:16:33 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (Cain = Zipper Problem; Perry = Amnesty for Illegals; Romney = Obamacare forever. Who's left?)
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To: NormsRevenge

Good Riddance!
1. Barney “I’m Pimpin’ in DC” Frank, had 1989 gay prostitution occurring from his residence...nice. A Dem controlled House naturally let him off for a reprimand for this and for fixing his boy toy’s parking tickets using House privileges.

2. Frank’s gay partner, Herb Moses, was also director of Fannie Mae, the quasi-governmental mortgage giant. Moses and Frank successfully lowered lending standards for sub-prime borrowers and began the spiraling mortgage crisis that morphed into a global economic crisis yet to run its course. Luckily though, the Dems named Barney and his crooked Senate counterpart, Chris Dodd, to “reform” the American financial industry with the infamous Dodd-Frank bill. Good Job Bawny!

3. Ted Kennedy?...there’s not enough time to write a sufficiently damning evisceration of “Ted the Swimmer” so I’ll simply say that he left a young girl to suffocate in the black water of Chappaquiddick just to save his own ass. The Dems and the voters let him get away with murder. No way he should have continued on as a US Senator. He should’ve been wearing an orange jumpsuit.

4. John “Winter Soldier” Kerry was the louse who compared our G.I.s as “reminiscent of ‘Gennnnjiss Khaaaaan’ in their fondness for committing atrocity. He raised himself up by denigrating an entire generation of Vietnam Vets. He’s a guy that docks the mega-yacht his wife bought for him, in a state other than his own, just to beat the taxes. What a putz.

Yeah, the Pilgrim State has really slid for the last few decades. But they produced a lot of greats over the long term...maybe it’s time for a comeback.


29 posted on 11/29/2011 4:31:51 PM PST by CharlesThe Hammer
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To: Iron Munro

“I’m sure they will have no trouble at all coming up with another democrat politician who is a flaming queen with a 3 gallon drool.”

Not to burst your bubble but we have a RINO that fits the description(without the drool) and may be making a run. Of course he ran for Lt. Governor in the last election and we all know how that turned out....

But, this is a golden opportunity for the GOP to pick up at least two congressional seats.


30 posted on 11/29/2011 4:39:25 PM PST by Stormdog (A rifle transforms one from subject to Citizen)
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To: NormsRevenge

Frank will take over the leadership of ACORNHole.


31 posted on 11/29/2011 6:06:04 PM PST by VeniVidiVici ("Si, se gimme!")
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To: NormsRevenge

I hope and pray that more Dems/Socialists are sheared from the branches of government before they destroy the entire tree.


32 posted on 11/29/2011 6:12:29 PM PST by windsorknot
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