...and he just did.
"I know some of my Democratic colleagues had been thinking about ways to, in effect, get around the results by working in various parliamentary ways, looking at the rules, trying to get a health care bill passed that would have been the same bill that would have passed if [MA AG] Martha Coakley [D] had won, and I think that's a mistake," Frank said. "I will not support an effort to push through a House-Senate compromise bill despite an election. I'm disappointed in how it came out, but I think electoral results have to be respected."
And if you're wondering why Barney Frank did this, it's because he can read a map. He's the only member of the MA Congressional delegation whose district went completely for Coakley [UPDATE: Actually, no, that was Capuano's district. OTOH, Rep. Frank is one of the safest Members of Congress right now, so the point fortunately still stands], and at least two of them are personally sweating the election results right now - so if anybody's going to be taking the lead in walking back from the precipice, it should be the guy who can take the hit and still be favored to keep his seat in November. Mildly disappointing, from a Republican point of view... but killing this abomination of a health care bill is the best thing for the country, which of course should be our paramount concern.
Crossposted to Moe Lane.