Barney Frank to Tea Party: Come On, You Guys

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April 6 2011 11:33 AM

Barney Frank to Tea Party: Come On, You Guys

This op-ed from Barney Frank* demonstrates the annoyance of House Democrats rather nicely.

After the 2008 election, Democrats had not only the presidency but a large majority in the Senate. Yet that did not lead conservatives to say Democrats won the right to adopt their public policies. Instead, they engaged, as is their constitutional duty, in vigorous fights against those policies.

For them to now say that, because the Republicans won a majority of the House in 2010 — a smaller majority than the Democrats did in 2008 — they have the moral right to compel acquiescence in their policy choices from the president and the Senate is not only wholly inconsistent with their own approach two years ago; it violates both the letter and the spirit of the Constitution.

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It is difficult to square John Boehner saying "we control one half of one third of the government," as he said last week, with the party's refusal to buckle on a few priorities.

*The problem with an op-ed from someone who has an extremely distinctive voice is that you can tell when it's not all him in there.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

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