Barney Frank And The Inglourious Basterds

Frank wins, pretty handily, in a public argument with a woman who accuses President Obama of Nazism. The Washington Independent suggests that the woman, who referred to President Obama's health care initiative as "this Nazi policy," is a follower of Lyndon LaRouche. After all the uncomfortably testy town-hall footage we've seen this month, watching Frank deal with an over the top Obama-as-Nazi accusation is pretty entertaining. Nothing like an accusation of Nazism to lighten up August.

It's also got something in common with Tarantino's new film, Inglourious Basterds: if Inglorious Basterds is Nazi porn for Jews who have dreamt (like The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg) all their lives of killing Nazis, the Frank clip is town-hall porn for Democrats who've dreamt all August recess of out-dueling a wild-eyed opponent of Obama's health plan. I imagine it's a pretty good thrill to see the town hall madness avenged.