Proving once again that people of certain previous professions, such as actors and athletes should never be elected to public office, Senator Jim Bunning, about to end his career in the Senate, has decided to really screw things up for many, while at the same time “doing a Cheney” and forgetting that things on the Senate floor are supposed to stay civil.
Perhaps he was having a flashback to a heated bout on the pitcher’s mound in his earlier career.
The story from Huffington Post tells how he messed up the vote twice now, and when called out on the problem, uttered a bit of blue air, not at all welcome in the chambers of our legislature.
Updated below: The Senate has now recessed for the weekend without taking action.
Jim Bunning, a Republican from Kentucky, is single-handedly blocking Senate action needed to prevent an estimated 1.2 million American workers from prematurely losing their unemployment benefits next month.
As Democratic senators asked again and again for unanimous consent for a vote on a 30-day extension Thursday night, Bunning refused to go along.
And when Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) begged him to drop his objection, Politico reports, Bunning replied: “Tough shit.”
Bunning says he doesn’t oppose extending benefits — he just doesn’t want the money that’s required added to the deficit. He proposes paying for the 30-day extension with stimulus funds. The Senate’s GOP leadership did not support him in his objections.
And at one point during the debate, which dragged on till nearly midnight, Bunning complained of missing a basketball game.
“I have missed the Kentucky-South Carolina game that started at 9:00,” he said,
“and it’s the only redeeming chance we had to beat South Carolina since they’re the only team that has beat Kentucky this year.
Perhaps he should take an early retirement, if something so absurd as the missing of a sports activity becomes a problem for him. Once again he shows no proper alignment of priorities.
He was such a good pitcher, it’s too bad he won’t stay that way in my memory.
The Senator continues on his campaign to erase any possibility of having himself remembered fondly, as he continues to show a lack of good manners to the press over and over, whipping out some gestures best left on the baseball field.
The story comes this time from CNN and details the man’s lack of patience, good manners, or common sense, for that matter.
Perhaps he needs a visit from Miss Manners. (it couldn’t hurt)
And the Dick Cheney Loss of Decorum Award goes this time to – Senator Jim Bunning. He shows all the style in his utterance of expletives on the Senate floor as the former VP.
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