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Barney Frank retires: A sad week in politics

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No matter what your personal and political beliefs may be, you have to hand it to Barney Frank: He made for some damn good television. Yesterday, the 16-term Massachusetts Democratic representative announced he won’t run for re-election in 2012. As CNN.com reported, Frank, who said he had planned to retire in 2014 and is leaving his post, in part, because the “district is very substantially changed,” also stated during a press conference, “I will miss this job.”

Of course, many will miss the 71-year-old right back. Namely, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, and Saturday Night Live, who had fun with the persona of the always-outspoken liberal. Check out some of the best Barney Frank moments from those shows, including his interview with Stephen Colbert in 2005 and a controversial SNL bailout skit, below: