Representative Barney Frank announced his retirement today. And if you’ve followed the coverage, on the web or on television, then you may have seen the clip above.

It’s from a town hall meeting in Massachusetts, during the infamous late summer of 2009, when right-wing activists started showing up at meetings of Democratic lawmakers to protest health care reform. When a woman likened health care reform to the laws of Nazi Germany, Frank dismissed her in his customary way – bluntly and loudly, although with some wit:

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