I watch Bill O most nights. He pisses me off about as much as I enjoy him.
This was such a horrible segment for Bill. I can totally empathize with the rage he felt toward Barney Frank, and knowing the back story I could put it in context. I smiled as I watched this unfold, but at the end I was totally unhappy with it because this guy, Barney Frank, needs to be run out of the House and out of whatever town he calls home and Bill did absolutely nothing to bring that closer to happening.
He opened this segment with a single short clip of Frank saying something stupid about these GSEs farily recently. That was it. He was yelling at him within 10 seconds of talking with him and it just kept going and going. There are 10+ years of records and footage of Barney Frank contributing to this mess that he could have culled and used in tearing him to pieces. But Bill confronted him with a single, short, low impact clip/quote and used rage filled rhetoric for the rest. Bill's rage let Barney defend himself from the rage and the style and only pay lip service to the substance of the charge. Horrible. It was one of Bill's worst moments. I'm all for Bill raging on Barney, I don't expect or even want him take the 100% calm and collected path, but at least present some serious context and argument. This was 20-30 seconds of rationality and 3+ minutes of anger. Not a good balance to be effective, particularly with people who haven't been following this stuff close enough to already know Barney's role.