Barney Frank Wants to Be a Senator

Photo: SAUL LOEB/2010 AFP

On his first day officially retired from Congress, where he's served since 1981, Barney Frank told the esteemed knuckleheads of Morning Joe that he'd like to mount a temporary comeback as an interim senator, replacing John Kerry in Massachusetts. "I've told the governor I would now like, frankly, to do that," said the ever-forthcoming Frank. "A month ago, or a few weeks ago, I said I wasn't interested," he explained. "It was kind of like you’re about to graduate, and they said: 'You gotta go to summer school.' But [the fiscal cliff deal] now means that February, March, and April are going to be among the most important months in American financial history."

The timing could also allow Frank — if he wanted to be a real rabble-rouser — to take a stand against Chuck Hagel, whom he "strongly opposes" as Defense secretary.

Frank insisted that he would not run to fill the seat on a more permanent basis in the forthcoming special election and that he'd prefer to be remembered as a man of the House anyway. "I would rather be a congressman," he said. "Thirty-two years in the house, three months in the Senate, I'm a House member." Like when Michael Jordan played for the Washington Wizards.