Barney Frank: Republicans Didn’t Applaud Obama for Fear of Limbaugh and Hannity
February 25, 2009 - 6:45 PMMindless Republicans are heeding the iron discipline of conservative talk radio hosts Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh, House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank (D-Mass.) told reporters after President Barack Obama's address to the nation on Tuesday.
“I don’t think we found any Republican minds today,” Frank told a reporter minutes after the president had finished his speech. “[T]hey shut their minds down. That they are so afraid of being yelled at by Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity that they won’t even clap for him [Obama] when they agree with him.” (Listen to audio of Rep. Frank's remarks by clicking on the photo above.)
“They are literally afraid to deal with him,” said Frank. “Outside of Arlen Specter and the Maine senators, and a handful of others, they are all terrified of the iron discipline of the radio talk show hosts.”
Sens. Arlen Specter of Pa., Susan Collins of Maine, and Olympia Snowe of Maine were the only three Republicans to support the Democrats’ $787-billion stimulus package.
“I think they are frustrated by how effective he [Obama] is that they are not open to him,” said Frank.
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