Barney Frank, who announced his plans to retire from Congress yesterday, wasn’t everyone’s idea of a gentleman. Landing into opponents with his verbal jujitsu - a trademark mix of facts, wit, and bile - Frank was tailor-made for the cable-TV era. It was easy to admire him, or be offended by him, on the basis of his debating skills alone. To remember Frank primarily as a bare-knuckle debater, however, would be to ignore his lengthy legislative record.
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