It's unfair to make Barney Frank's history a collection of the hate he's had to fend off, but it's good to remember that when his Republican opponents running for his long-held congressional seat have tried to make his homosexuality the key campaign issue, he's won with seventy percent of the vote (1988) or sixty-six percent (1990). He was a vocal and reliable proponent of gay rights, especially for lesbians and gays in the military, even before he came out to the Boston Globe in 1987, and he co-founded the National Stonewall Democrats in 1998. Frank continued undeterred even after his self-described Henry Higgins scandal that resulted in the full House reprimanding him, but not censuring or removing him as certain Republicans wanted. Given that the scandal was a former felon and hustler now as his driver running an escort ring from Frank's DC home, the scene may have been more William Higgins than Henry; but the ethics investigation found no evidence that Frank knew what was happening in his absence and he emerged unscathed. The following November, he was re-elected by a two-to-one margin. He is equally beloved by his constituents as by Hill staffers, who named him the "most eloquent," "brainiest," and "funniest" Member of the House in both 2004 and 2006. It takes an outsider. Twelve years ago he said, "I'm a left-handed gay Jew. I've never felt, automatically, a member of any majority." Ever on target he said more recently, Mitt Romney "is the most intellectually dishonest human being in the history of politics." Watch him smack down the "contemptible" Republican hypocrisy on Bill Maher.