• John McCain Suspiciously Bringing Up Barney Frank a Lot

    John McCain's entire hopes for winning the presidency now seem to rest on hoping that racist voters will recreate the "Bradley Effect" and refuse to vote for a black man.

    But in case that doesn't work, he's got another ace up his sleeve: homophobes! And he's targeting them by routinely ripping into Congressman Barney Frank in his stump speech…

    Much of John McCain's stump speech is devoted to warning voters about the fiscal dangers that would accompany a Barack Obama presidency, but lately McCain has been picking on a lower-profile bogeyman to make his case.

    "And he can't do that without raising our taxes or digging us further into debt like Congressman Barney Frank promised to do," McCain said last night, causing a part-time rodeo arena to rumble with boos at the mention of the Massachusetts Democrat…

    Frank yesterday dismissed McCain's words as "an appeal to prejudice" that he said reminded him of past Republican efforts to raise voter concerns about the prospect of congressmen Charles Rangel and John Conyers, who are black, becoming committee chairs.

    "I'm flattered by this," said Frank, who is gay. "But I don't think I'm the single most important member of the House after Nancy Pelosi. There are also a lot of straight white men who are committee chairmen."

    Picking on Barney Frank is certainly a little random, considering that he was recently in the national spotlight as the hero of the Wall Street bailout negotiations. He's also already the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, and will certainly remain so whether or not Obama wins the presidency.

    But he's gay! So that makes him a good target -– just ask former House majority leader Dick Armey, who infamously referred to Frank as "Barney Fag" in a radio interview.

    Continuing with his prejudice-mongering, look for McCain to start attacking more Democratic "Others" into his stump speech: Rep. Tammy Baldwin (a lesbian), Rep. Jim Langevin (a quadriplegic), and Sen. Joe Lieberman (a Jew).

    Tags: Barack Obama, Barney Frank, Dick Armey, House of Representatives, John McCain


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