Then, I heard his parting words and I realized that perhaps, instead of losing one of our only honest congress-people, we are gaining an untethered voice of reason. Here's to hoping Mr. Frank keeps his face in the public eye and his wit and intelligence as sharp as ever.
In the press conference in Newton, Massachusetts where he announced his retirement he noted he was excited about a number of things. One stood out in my mind.
"I don't even have to pretend to try to be nice to people I don't like," after which a reporter retorted, "Have you ever?"
To which Barney, so perfectly replied, "Some of you may not think I've been good at it, But I've been trying."
Amen to that. I'm excited to see what the future holds for this man that I so admire.