"Aba-dee aba-dee aba-dee aba-dee."
Or that's what it sounded like, anyway. Frank was rather miffed about the recent disclosure that he helped former lover Herb Moses land a job with the behemoth lender while sitting on a House committee that regulates lenders a decade ago. The Boston Herald reported Thursday that Frank immediately invoked the Everybody Does It card: "It is a common thing in Washington for members of Congress to have spouses work for the federal government. There is no rule against it at all."
Frank then switched to the Everybody Knew defense: "It was widely known. It was out there in the public."
Next, he dismissed any controversy about his ethical judgment with the Nobody Cares shield: "It's nonsense."
No doubt he'll spring the Homophobia Card on critics at an opportune moment to ice his multitiered cake of excuses.
Funny thing. Not too long ago, it was Frank himself counseling fellow Democratic scandal magnet Rep. Maxine Waters to butt out of Boston-area OneUnited Bank's bid for $12 million in federal TARP bailout funds because of conflict-of-interest odors. Waters' husband, Sidney Williams, was an investor in one of the banks that merged into OneUnited and owned stock holdings estimated at $350,000.
Frank's exact words to Waters: "You should stay out of it. ... You should stay away from this."
Waters didn't listen. The House ethics committee charged her with several ethics violations (though no trial has yet been scheduled). Frank nearly broke his arm patting himself on the back and pronouncing himself "vindicated" after the charges were filed last year.
But where was Mr. Clean when his own sleazy dalliances needed self-policing?
While head of the House Financial Services Committee in 2009, amid economic upheaval across the country, Frank was jet-setting with hedge-fund mogul and TARP beneficiary S. Donald Sussman to his private Caribbean resort. The foxes in the House Ethics henhouse granted what they called "unusual" permission for the jaunt because Frank's partner, Jim Ready, is close pals with Sussman. When Republicans raised questions about ethical improprieties, Frank -- whose party has perfected the art of class warfare demagoguery -- whinnied that it wasn't a crime to have wealthy friends.