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Barney Frank's Strange Obsession With Misogynistic Henny Youngman Line
| Mark Finkelstein
Posted on 02/07/2013 5:34:08 PM PST by governsleastgovernsbest
What's with Barney Frank and his odd obsession with a Henny Youngman line thathad virtually any other politician used itwould result in him being accused of the worst kind of misogyny?
Back in 2011, I noted that, appearing on Morning Joe, Frank had quoted the hoary Henny line: "How's your wife? Compared to what?" Yet there was Barney again this evening, this time on Al Sharpton's MSNBC show, breaking out the identical line. Really: what gives? And imagine the feminist outrage if, say, Mitt Romney had dared used the line during his presidential campaign.
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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Political Humor/Cartoons
KEYWORDS: alsharpton; barneyfrank; hennyyoungman; misogyny
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What would the left have done to Mitt Romney if he had used this line during his campaign? Ping to Today show list.
posted on 02/07/2013 5:35:15 PM PST
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posted on 02/07/2013 5:38:31 PM PST
(History repeats itself because human nature is static)
IMHO, inescapable truth can drive the reprobate to intense self-hatred.
posted on 02/07/2013 5:45:40 PM PST
(We have to fix things ourselves)
I find Barney Frank to be a particularly disgusting human.
posted on 02/07/2013 5:47:54 PM PST
(Lawyers have caused thousands of times more destruction to our nation than have guns)
Hardly Barney’s worst sin, but in answer to his question mine would be: “compared to your pot smoking boyfriend’s a**”.
posted on 02/07/2013 5:48:27 PM PST
However much some segment of society might try to convince the rest of us that perversion is OK...IT ISN'T OKAY.
It is the embodiment of mental illness...the embodiment of insanity.
And that goes for Bwany Fwank!
He's sick...he might be like your brother or your friend...but he's still sick...and so is your brother or your friend.
posted on 02/07/2013 5:56:35 PM PST
(Get armed, practice in the use of your weapons, get physically fit, stay alert!)
Lamppost, barbed wire... Make your own connection.
posted on 02/07/2013 6:04:46 PM PST
("I may have invented it, but Bill made it famous." - David Bradley, inventor of Ctrl-Alt-Del)
The joke isn't "misogynistic" -- it's not about all women, it's just about one particular woman. We shouldn't fling these p.c. identity-politics terms about willy-nilly.
(Note: I'm not defending Barney Frank.)
I don't know about a "hoary Henry line," but the oldest known asker of that particular question was that great misogynist Socrates. I come by this information courtesy of James J. Kirpatrick, another obvious misogynist:
Now, Socrates had a wife, Xanthippe, who was known to all men as a shrew, a nag, and a scold. Her sole pleasure in life, it was said, lay in making the philosopher groan. Yet the venerable sage once turned this very situation to the uses of his teaching.
This occurred one morning when a pupil encountered Socrates on the street, and pause to inquire of his health. "And how," added the pupil politely, "is Xanthppe?"
"Compared," asked the philosopher, "to what?"
Socrates lived - according to Wikipedia - from 469 BC to 399 BC.
posted on 02/07/2013 6:38:20 PM PST
by Steely Tom
(If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
The joke isn't "misogynistic" -- it's not about all women, it's just about one particular woman.
It's about him. Anyway, the line I always heard was, "Take my wife ... please!"
posted on 02/07/2013 6:40:34 PM PST
Much like Bill Clinton's response to the question "How's Hillary's head?"
"Compared to whose?"
posted on 02/07/2013 6:46:57 PM PST
posted on 02/07/2013 7:12:47 PM PST
(It is not obama we are fighting, it is the media.)
An angry, bitter, self-loathing old queen. Thank God he is no longer in Congress.
posted on 02/08/2013 2:01:36 AM PST
(Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
A classic! It shows how important timing is to joke telling. Youngman was the master of the one-liner.
Frank is no longer in congress? since when? thats one bit of great news (to me) today
posted on 02/11/2013 2:18:58 PM PST
by Mr. K
(There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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