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Massachusetts Liberal

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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Frankly speaking

Speaking of truthiness, does anyone seriously believe the escalating hype that Democrat-turned Sean Bielat poses a serious threat to Barney Frank's re-election?

Oh that's right -- the Herald.

The Little Picture Paper is at it this morning with a story and a Howie Carr screed about the meaning of Bill Clinton's decision to campaign for the 4th District congressman.

Let's be, um, frank. If Steve Gobie and a Boston Globe editorial calling for Frank to step down didn't sink Barney it's hard to envision what will. And since those dark days 20 years ago, Frank has put together a solid record not only in steering through financial reform legislation but in serving the needs of a broad constituents that ranges from the fishing industry of Fall River and New Bedford to the liberal "elites" of Brookline and Newton.

The fact that Frank is actually campaigning should surprise no one. Even Martha Coakley has learned the lesson she taught local politicians about taking things for granted. Frank even debated the "dining room table" before allowing Rachel Brown continue her quest to reach Mars.

Conservatives are feeling their oats after Tea Party candidates upended sitting Republicans in a number of states, including blue Delaware. But the jury is still out on whether the ultra-right will do more damage to the right or left come November.

The GOP may have Frank in their sights, but the reverse is true. I'd consider Frank a pretty safe bet to return to Congress, no matter the buzz for Bielat.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Readwriteblue said...

The axiom is "that's why we have elections" I remember you claiming I was foolish to invest my energies in a certain guy in a truck.

September 19, 2010 12:31 PM  
Blogger Outraged Liberal said...

Fair point but that guy in a truck is the reason why I think Frank is safe. He's not taking anything for granted.

September 20, 2010 5:38 AM  

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