Republicans trying to lecture Rep. Barney Frank about which party is more to blame for the crisis were reminded last week that the House Financial Services Committee chairman has a mean counterpunch.In response to another claim — by Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., on the House floor — that Frank helped stall legislation before 2007 to rein in the government-sponsored enterprises and subprime lending, the Massachusetts Democrat issued a 16-paragraph rant, entitled "Frank Seeks Antidote to Republican Amnesia."

The rebuttal said the GOP — not Democrats — controlled Congress when the legislation at issue was debated.

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