Barney Frank On Chuck Hagel: “I Think He’d Be Very Good”

The man who now says that the Purple Heart veteran was "aggressively bigoted" in the past and should therefore be kept from consideration for the cabinet … said something a little different not so long ago:

Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), who is Jewish, said he did not object to what has become one big point of contention about Hagel: an allusion to the “Jewish lobby,” in reference to advocates for Israel in Congress and elsewhere. “I don’t think there’s anything wrong with having Portuguese lobbies, Jewish lobbies, Greek lobbies,” Frank said. “I think he’d be very good. … You need someone intelligent to help cut that budget.”

So why did he suddenly change his mind?