It didn’t take long for Bernie Sanders, who was new to Congress in 1991, to frustrate the very people with whom he might have collaborated.
“Bernie alienates his natural allies,” then-Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) told the Los Angeles Times just months after Sanders first took federal office. “His holier-than-thou attitude — saying in a very loud voice he is smarter than everyone else and purer than everyone else — really undercuts his effectiveness.”
Frank tempered that assessment just a few months later: “Collegiality didn’t come easily,” he told the Times.