Now you tell us, Barney?
I think we paid a terrible price for health care. I would not have pushed it as hard. As a matter of fact, after Scott Brown won, I suggested going back. I would have started with financial reform but certainly not health care.
But we shouldn’t stop reading with that one quote.
Now, that quote is interesting in and of itself, but if you read the context, you see that Barney is actually blaming lots of other people, including us insured people:
Then Obama made the same mistake Clinton made. When you try to extend health care to people who don’t have it, people who have it and are on the whole satisfied with it get nervous.
So you think health care, in part, was the reason you lost the House.
The depths of the recession, that the president didn’t want to blame Republicans because he wanted to work together, and health care—those were the factors.
What alternate universe is Barney living in? Obama had — and still has — an “I won” mentality, and the only sort of working with Republicans he wants to do is to get “moderate” Republicans to vote for his hard-left policies.
How do you tamp down the excessive partisanship and just get it back to partisanship?
I can’t do that. Only Republicans can. Well, the electorate can. You defeat the people who caused the excessive partisanship. Namely the tea party and the right wing.
There are a number of people in the conservative blogosphere who are grabbing onto the first Barney quote and proclaiming Barney a “voice of reason,” but we should be careful and read the entire interview. Barney Frank is still as radical as he always was, and he differed only on the methods of getting ObamaCare passed, not the policy itself, so let’s not make him today’s conservative hero.