Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) on Thursday blasted the Republican Party, which he claimed had become so partisan that it was unwilling to work with Democrats.

"American politics has always had two factions, one that wanted slightly more government and one that wanted slightly less government, each side understood the legitimacy of the other," he said. "There are no Democrats who don’t believe in a free enterprise system as a generator of wealth and goods and services."

But after the 2010 elections, when a wave a tea party Republicans were elected to Congress, that was no longer the case.

“Not since the Civil War has there been a faction of a political party that took over a political party so far from the center,” said Frank. “And I think they’re going to get repudiated. You know, in 2010 they won because people were mad at us. But now people are looking at what they are saying and I don’t think people are ready for this.”

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