Barney Frank Rips Newt Gingrich for Suggesting He Should be Jailed

Barney Frank responds to Newt Gingrich's suggestion in last night's debate that he and Chris Dodd should go to jail for the economic mess the country is in.

FrankTalking Points Memo:

“It’s interesting, the charge is failure to stop Newt Gingrich and Tom Delay from deregulating,” he said. “This notion we caused the problem that started while they were in charge even by Gingrich’s standards is very odd.”

Added Frank: “I wish I knew that he was willing to listen to my advice, I would have given him some: I would have told him not to impeach Clinton, I would have told his successors not to go to war with Iraq, and I would have told DeLay not to go on the dance show.”

Frank speculated that Gingrich’s comments were borne out of frustration with his campaign.

“He’s been having a bad year, you know — this self-styled intellectual leader of the free world struggling to stay ahead of Michele Bachmann in the polls is unsettling him so he talks even sillier than he sometimes does,” he said.

Newt Gingrich Says Barney Frank, Chris Dodd Should Go to Jail: VIDEO


  1. hello says

    i don’t know, these “smackdowns” aren’t that harsh. politicans are always so muted and wishy-washy.

  2. MikeMick says

    As much as he fashions himself an intellect, Gingrich will never learn that any time he crosses swords with Barney Frank he’s going to get his shriveled nutsack slapped.

  3. Jeff says

    The majority Democrats should have overridden the seniority system and removed Barney from heading that committee. Both parties/presidents (Clinton & Bush) tried to get that regulatory legislation moved out of committee for a vote.

  4. coolbear says

    I have to say Barney Frank is far from wishy-washy. He’s witty and dishy; his disdain is obvious and appropriate; and it would obviously be a mistake to take Gingrich’s incredibly lame, bizarre, and manifestly, sadly, pathetically, deludedly self-serving statement very seriously–as if Gingrich were, as he is in his own diseased imagination, some kind of Force to Be Reckoned With.
    Occupy Wall Street is starting to show that there are more pissed-off reasonable people on the side of true accountability than crazed fanatics standing with Gingrich, Bachmann, and the equally crazy-but-not-everyone’s-getting-it-yet Herman Cain.

  5. Jonathan says

    Gingirch is desperately seeking relevance. He’s finished. One should never mess with Barney, as MikeMick above said “he’ll have his shriveled nutsack slapped”.
    Barney was actually very tame in his comment.
    I’ve heard him do otherwise and he has a sharp and pointed tongue, that one. I love him.

  6. Demian says

    Agree with all of the above except one or two, only would add that Frank knows more about his work and what goes on in the House than the “self-styled intellectual leader of the free world” ever did.

  7. anon says

    Except that the repeal of Glass-Steagall occurred in 1999 when Clinton was in office and passed in the House with bipartisan support (introduced by Republicans though). Newt was no longer House Speaker. Further, it’s replacement, Frank-Dodd is more about financial reporting and not re-regulating. Neither party did anything to stop the gambling on Wall St. or lax attitude of Fannie and Freddie, so they all deserve quite a bit of blame. This is Frank’s weakest area by far as congressman.

  8. Name: says

    So glad he doesn’t represent me in Boston. Year after year I see him in Ptown leering over his paper fully clothed at the pool. After his partners shenanigans last year during his campaign and all the other stories Including the prostitution taking place at his home, he fits well into the category of politician. They’re all, not some, all rats. He and Dodd should both be held responsible.

  9. William D. Wilkerson says

    I dream of Barney…

    …butch Slapping the Newt Creature with a long dead fish wrapped in girly boy lace panties.

    Must stop eating Roast Garlic Triscuts & Hummus before bed… whoa!

  10. John says

    Barney Frank is Scum.

    He wanted to “Roll the dice” with the banking industry. How did you roll Barney?

    Good right you got your boyfriend a cherry job at Fannie Mae.

    2003: Does Fannie need any oversight?
    Frank: No right Barney?

    You are an idiot. Put a gun in your mouth at least you can show you knew you were wrong.

  11. John says

    Oh yeah, don’t mistake my disgust for Barney as a defense for newt he’d make a good fence post and nothing else.