Barney Frank, Renaissance Scholar
|Barney Frank (D-MA), speaking on the floor of the House about the recent FBI search of Representative William Jefferson's office (D-LA), invokes Elizabeth I and James I:|
Mr. FRANK of Massachusetts. Madam Speaker, I disagree with the bipartisan House leadership criticism of the FBI's search of a Member's office. I know nothing specifically about the case, except that the uncontroverted public evidence did seem to justify the issuance of a warrant.I personally would have recommended naming Charles I as the great abuser of Parliamentary speech, especially given the parallels between Bush II and Charles I, but I do love that Frank reached back to Tudor-Stuart England as the relevant context for understanding "the speech and debate clause."
In other news...while things have been slow here on the blog recently--due to traveling, grading, and revising--I imagine the pace of posting should pick up soon, and I know we'll be posting the winner of our Woodcut Caption Contest very soon.