Barney Frank's 5 Pithiest Moments

By Chris Good

Like him or not, Barney Frank is a funny guy. Humor and gregariousness have made him one of Capitol Hill's standout personalities for over his three-decade career, during which time he's dropped his share of memorable quotes. Like, for instance, his 1986 explanation for voting against a $6 billion anti-drug-trafficking bill, "I'm afraid this bill is the legislative equivalent of crack. It yields a short-term high but does long-term damage to our system, and it's expensive to boot." When Frank retires from Congress after the 2012 elections, as he announced on Monday, the Capitol will lose one of its most outspoken denizens.

Unfortunately, much of Frank's verve was on display in the pre-YouTube era. But, below, find his five funniest moments caught on video:

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