Watch a Montage of Barney Frank Being Frank with Friends and Foes

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When Congressman Barney Frank announced on Monday that he won't be running for reelection next year, TV producers from New York to D.C. probably gasped collectively in panic. Who would fill the role on evening cable news shows of the exasperated interviewee unabashedly zinging those across the aisle while also providing consistent YouTube fodder from the House floor? That chamber is down one sharp-tongued Democrat as it is. In preparation for Frank's departure, we've compiled a sampling of some of his most amusing verbal punches. Not surprisingly, Newt Gingrich is often the punching bag.