With the "Tea Party" protesters descending on Washington last week, House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank had to try to shut his office door on one who followed him from the committee room.

Speaking at a policy conference on Friday, the Massachusetts Democrat reminded people of the run-in he had last summer at a health-care town hall where he upbraided a woman who compared President Obama to Hitler. He said he had thought that was the debate's low point — until he saw Thursday's protest.

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