Frank calls out his opponents including the Herald, by name – and the Herald has a reaction:
Newspapers live for moments like the one Barney Frank gave us on election night. To be called out – by name – by a 30-year incumbent. It doesnâ€™t get any better than that.
Now youâ€™d think that a guy enjoying his hard-fought election victory – his first hard-fought contest in just about forever – would savor the moment. Perhaps say a few gracious things about his smart and respectful young opponent. …
So in a speech that lacked any hint of graciousness, Frank thanked his 4th District voters for turning back the â€œunreasoning anger, vituperation [and] anonymous smears.â€
In fact, he insisted, â€œThis was a victory for a concept of government which eschews the anger and the vitriol . . .â€
Unless, of course, itâ€™s anger and vitriol coming from Mr. Congeniality himself.
Thatâ€™s when he launched his anti-Herald screed.
â€œWith the re-election of the Massachusetts delegation and Gov. Deval Patrick, we can acknowledge tonight that Massachusetts has reaffirmed the complete political irrelevance of the Boston Herald. There is no limit to the bias and vitriol [there goes that word again] they unleashed.â€