Barney Frank has frequently been referred to as the smartest man in the House of Representatives. That is both (a) entirely possible and (b) completely unimpressive (Seinfeld fans will probably recall the episode in which Kramer was the undisputed karate king in a martial-arts class consisting of ten-year-olds; same thing).
Congressman Frank, not content to have been one of the prime movers behind the mortgage meltdown, apparently isn’t going to be really happy until vast numbers of people live in houses on which taxpayers are the unwilling lien-holders. He is proposing legislation that would divert TARP profits to a new trust fund that would subsidize low-income rental housing and throw additional money at the same old crowd of “community organizers” whose illegal voter-registration efforts form a kind of insurance policy for Democratic incumbents.
This is shameless, in-your-face, liberal Democratic partisanship, and I am at the point of believing that every Republican congressman who gives a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives should - rather in the manner of Cato the Elder, who closed his speeches to the Roman senate with the words, “And Carthage must be destroyed!” – conclude his or her remarks with the cry of, “And Barney Frank must be defeated!”