01/04/2007 04:10 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Reporting From Washington: Barney Frank's Priority

by Taylor Marsh

"Ethnic cleansing by inaction."

That was how Representative Barney Frank described the afternmath of Katrina,
when Mr. Bush and the Republican Congress chose to do nothing in the face of
the carnage.

Here's how the Republicans view Katrina.

The latest elected official to step into the swamp was Rep. Richard H. Baker, a 10-term Republican from Baton Rouge. The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that he was overheard telling lobbyists: "We finally cleaned up public housing in New Orleans. We couldn't do it, but God did."

Some GOP Legislators Hit Jarring Notes in Addressing Katrina

Charming, isn't it?

Visiting us in the blogger room, Frank stood up and delivered comments that started with Katrina but went all the way through the Iraq war. However, it was his comments on Katrina that were so moving. He also talked about economic justice. The Democrats have arrived.

by Taylor Marsh