Right laments, revels in loss of Barney Frank as foil
National conservatives lost one of their favorite foils in August 2009 when Senator Edward M. Kennedy succumbed to brain cancer. Yesterday they lost another constant target, Representative Barney Frank, when the Newton Democrat announced he would not seek reelection next year. “Barney Bails,” blared the afternoon headline on the Drudge Report, which tilts decidedly to the right. Author Matt Drudge appended a yellow smiley face, as well as an accompanying piece: “Happy Days: Dow Surges,” read that headline.