FRANK-LY, MY DARLING…
Of course, the rest of that cinematic gem doesn’t necessarily apply but Barney Frank says he’s out.
The Massachusetts politician, who first made it to the Hill in 1980, climbed up quickly, becoming a booming voice for the liberal left. He most notably has his name on a controversial piece of legislation you’ll still be hearing plenty about this campaign season: The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
His Congressional website brags that the Washington Post called it the “most sweeping overhaul of the nation’s financial regulatory system since the Great Depression.”
Rep. Frank had a somewhat tough race in 2010, is 71, and is ready to watch the 2012 competitions from the sidelines.
Look for plenty of news coming out of Mass. and D.C. as Frank holds press conferences and answers questions on "why now" and "what’s next."
"The country has never had a Congressman like Barney Frank," President Obama said in a statement, which also points to Frank's work "on behalf of families and businesses," LGBT Americans and of course, the financial reform bill.
"Barney’s passion and his quick wit will be missed in the halls of Congress, and Michelle and I join the people of the Bay State in thanking him for his years of service," the statement says.
MITT’S WORST ENEMY?
If you ask around at the DNC, Mitt Romney is his own worst enemy. At least the Democrats' newest ad would have you believe that. They even call it “Mitt V. Mitt: The story of two men trapped in one body.”
Starting today in six major cities and swing states around the country, this TV attack on the most consistent GOP frontrunner will debut.
It is tough to know whether the ad will have any effect since it’s still early and many voters don’t start paying close attention to the campaigns until after Christmas. The DNC is pushing the clip hard, offering interviews with top surrogates to share talking points. It’s one more hit the former Massachusetts governor could do without while he tries to counter the re-birth of former Speaker Newt Gingrich.
GRANITE GOING GINGRICH
The live-free-or-die state’s newspaper the Union Leader has made its pick and Newt is their man.
Editors have given the paper’s endorsement to Gingrich, which is no small token. The paper, according to those who follow its past political prowess, not only pushes its pick with fervor but also defends their chosen candidate heartily. Until New Hampshire voters go to the polls in January, they may be getting a daily dose of why they should saddle up with Newt.
As of now, Gingrich has plenty of catching up to do. His stance outlined in last week’s debate about providing amnesty for long-time illegal immigrants won’t sit well with many on the right and polls by Real Clear Politics show him down double digits compared to Romney. (36-18)
Former President Bill Clinton has also weighed in and appears to be favoring one-time nemesis Gingrich over the rest of the Republican field.
"I think he’s doing well just because he’s thinking, and people are hungry for ideas that make some sense," Clinton told NewsMax. "He's being rewarded for thinking."
Of course, don’t be confused by this. It’s anything but an endorsement. Clinton is a Democrat who will undoubtedly be helping his party keep President Obama in office and just happens to be putting in two cents on the opposition. He’s also as smart, calculated and as politically savvy as anyone out there. Could this be a ploy to further confuse a GOP electorate struggling to pick a nominee? Oh, that man is slick.