Barney doesn't mince words, which is why the GOP doesn't like him. And that's also why the GOP plays stupid playground tricks.
See, House GOP Leaders are pushing a modest, but bipartisan bill called the JOBS Act, which includes a handful of measures with broad support in both parties. One measure in that bill would quadruple the number of shareholders that can invest in local banks. Republicans credit Republican Representative Ben Quayle for drafting this portion of the legislation, but the real legwork on the issue was done in the Financial Services Committee--of which Barney Frank is the ranking member--by Republican Congressman David Schweikert Democrat Jim Himes.
Last week, Frank called out the House GOP leadership for purloining that measure, slapping Quayle’s name on it, and handing him the credit. Then, Republican Congressman Jeb Hensarling--one of those in the GOP leadership--took Barney Frank to task for getting exercised over the credit rather the policy itself. See, Hensarling liked the bipartisanship, but thinks a Republican who has nothing to do with it, should get credit.
And Barney wasn't playing.
He replied: “For the gentleman from Texas, having been part of the leadership that engaged in that shameful maneuver, to now accuse us of being excessively concerned with credit, is the most hypocritical and dishonest statement I have heard uttered in this House.”
That outburst, according to the chair, violated House rules which forbid members from lobbing personal attacks at one another on the floor. And as a result Frank was put in timeout for the rest of the day.
I'm gonna miss Barney.