October 21, 2010

Just Telling You Up Front, This Attack Ad Is NOT About Barney Frank Being Homosexual

Gretchen Ertl for The New York Times

Gretchen Ertl for The New York Times

Looking at this picture, are you telling me this soon-to-be-launched web ad attacking Barney Frank has nothing to do with Rep. Frank being gay?  (Frank might be vulnerable to attack in all kinds of ways, but to frame him as “dancing around the issues” when, as his spokesperson emphasized, Frank is primarily known for his directness, raises flags everywhere.)

So, let’s wait to see if the “dancing Barney” really does play on gay stereotypes.  In the meantime, though, this screen shot from the NYT video story (maybe they’ve broken  ground here on a new genre — “the making of a campaign video attack ad”?) seems to go there directly, suggesting that inside Mr. Frank’s exceeding large suit is a dancing girl.

NYT article: Rival Gives Frank Some Unflattering New Steps

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