Democrat Barney Franks Mocks Republicans on Bail Out Defeat … Pelosi Says, “We work together as a team in a bi-partisan way”


Democrat Barney Frank of Massachusetts mocked the GOP leadership  (Video) for Barney_Frankssaying that it lost some votes because of a partisan floor speech by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Frank scoffs at Republican claims that Pelosi speech poisoned debate on bailout. Franks is the Chairman of the Financial Services Committee. Before Franks blames others and Republicans for the defeat of the bail out bill, maybe he would like to explain why so many members of his House Financial Services Committee voted against the bill ensuring its defeat. In the end 95 Democrats voted against the bail out package. Franks may soon look to his own party before throwing stones.

“I’ll make an offer,” he added. “Give me those 12 people’s names and I will go talk uncharacteristically nicely to them and tell them what wonderful people they are and maybe they’ll now think about the country.”

Frank, one of the major architects of the bailout package, said he was “appalled” that members of Congress would put “hurt feelings” ahead of the good of the country.

“Frankly, that’s an accusation against my Republican colleagues I would never have thought of making,” Frank said.

“Here’s the story: There’s a terrible crisis affecting the American economy. We have come together on a bill to alleviate the crisis. And because somebody hurt their feelings they decide to punish the country. I mean, I would not have imputed that degree of pettiness and hypersensitivity….But think about this: Somebody hurt my feelings so I will punish the country. I mean, that’s hardly plausible. And there are 12 Republican members who were ready to stand up for the economic interests of America but not if anybody insulted them”.

“I think they are covering up the embarrassment of not having the votes,” Frank said increduously at a Democratic news conference.


Following the bail out defeat and Peolsi’s pre-vote bomb throwing Pelosi now calls for bipartisanship. Pelosi stated, “We extend a hand of cooperation to the White House to the Republicans so that we can get this issue resolved for the benefit of Americas working families to strengthen our economy and therefore strengthen out country. We work together as a team in a bi-partisan way.” REALLY? Now Pelosi wants bi-partisanship? That’s a far cry from her rantings and insults prior to the vote. What a states woman.

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    14 Responses to “Democrat Barney Franks Mocks Republicans on Bail Out Defeat … Pelosi Says, “We work together as a team in a bi-partisan way””

    1. yoyo muffintop on September 29th, 2008 11:05 pm

      Let’s face the facts – while Pelosi came up small, Bush and Paulson came up even smaller.

      “Politicians who had cut their teeth on free-market principles couldn’t accept the idea that the federal government should back up the banks who had foolishly bet everything on the housing bubble. Or they didn’t want to face the voters in six weeks and explain why a Republican would vote for the biggest government bailout ever.”
      Rex Nutting, MarketWatch

    2. yoyo muffintop on September 29th, 2008 11:19 pm

      Why not just send it back to the House & Senate, let them tack on $20 billion in earmarks, and watch that shit sandwich fly right on thru.

      What’s $20bill when you’re droppin’ $700

    3. dePlume on September 30th, 2008 1:58 pm

      Get back to the drawing board and try again.

      The first bill was a dud. Some of us do not want to pay for the risk we did not take.

      Congress, if you aren’t doing the job, don’t bother asking to not do it . . . again.

    4. EURobert on September 30th, 2008 2:38 pm

      Can somebody please tell the US congres to hurry up with their solution for this crisis!?
      Our banks here in Europe are crashing by the dozens by now…

    5. Susan on September 30th, 2008 3:52 pm

      Can a “gay” democrat represent a heterosexual democrat?

    6. Maggie on September 30th, 2008 4:42 pm

      I have no problem with Frank being gay.. He should be in jail along with Chris Dodd for their contribution to this mess.. Telling everyone there is no problem, it’s exagerated and all in their heads, trying to keep poor people from owning homes.

      I heard someone a few days ago call that 700 Billion package.. a cow patty with a marshmallow on it.

    7. Maggie on September 30th, 2008 4:48 pm

      Euro Robert.. Sounds bad… from this story..

      World leaders called on the US government to take action to stave off global financial collapse Tuesday after Congress rejected a 700 billion dollar bailout in a move which stunned global markets.
      Another European bank, Dexia, had to be rescued and shares went through another roller coaster ride after the House of Representatives voted 228-205 against the rescue on Monday.

      European leaders led the calls for action by President George W. Bush who called close advisors into emergency talks after the defeat and was to make a statement on Tuesday.

      “The US must take its responsibilities in this situation, must show statesmanship for the sake of their own companies and for the sake of the world,” European Commission spokesman Johannes Laitenberger said.

      German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for another vote on the plan this week to restore market confidence.

      British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said he had sent a message to the White House to underline “the importance that we attach to taking decisive action”. New Japanese premier Taro Aso said: “We should not let the world financial system collapse.”

    8. Maggie on September 30th, 2008 5:36 pm

      EuroRobert.. they are saying the Senate will vote on a bill tomorrow..

    9. on September 30th, 2008 6:31 pm

      Dear Barney:
      We wouldn’t be where we are today if you and Chris Dodd had actually done your jobs. It must be very embarrassing to be you right now, knowing how many of the American people know you lie through your teeth.

    10. on September 30th, 2008 6:32 pm

      Hmmm – is this where that old “Barney is evil” campaign came from?

    11. A New Girl on September 30th, 2008 9:44 pm

      buf.foon (be foon’) n. A fool: clown —–buffoon’ery n.

      ——-> Insert Photo of Barney Frank Here

      Goodnight, Monkeys =)

      From Gail in Mass.

    12. scott on October 1st, 2008 6:34 am

      yoyo – you have no idea what you are talking about!

      5 DEMOCRATS on Barney Frank’s committee did NOT vote for the bill! —FACT!

      95 DEMOCRATS did not vote for the bill! —FACT!

      The DEMOCRATS are the majority in both houses of Congress. If the DEMOCRATS are so gun-ho on passing this bill for the “American People” then why did this bill NOT pass while they, the DEMOCRATS are the majority?

      It IS amazing the spin left-winged liberals are putting on this because they can’t face the FACTS that this bill is nothing short then a bailout for the criminals the DEMOCRATS under Bill Clinton allowed to flourish in these Wall Street jobs—FACTS!

      Deal with it.

      Oh, what about Mr.Obama, Mr.Community Organizer who worked with the group ACORN who main mission was to PRESSURE banks into giving loans (SUBPRIME) to those that could not afford it! –FACTS. The Democrats tried to put in the bailout bill funding for ACORN and yet they aren’t politically driven?


    13. Bruce Russek on November 4th, 2010 9:15 am

      WHAT AN ARROGANT ASS. HE is more to blame as FInacial director for our plight then anyone.Now all our insurance rates went up,but the rest get it for free Thanks to all of you

    14. rickwebb on November 4th, 2010 2:47 pm

      i tryed 2 write to city hall ok my family and others vac. in polmouth not no more and word is spreding tou let barney franks back in maney of us will spend our moey in some other state how could you vote that ass back in

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