The case against Bernie Sanders, according to Barney Frank

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.

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