Bunning on Empty

From The News & Observer:

WASHINGTON — Republican insiders are hedging their bets on the fate of Sen. Jim Bunning’s 2010 re-election bid as the rift between Kentucky’s junior senator and GOP leaders widens.

For the better part of a month, Bunning, a Hall of Fame pitcher, has thrown Republican leaders curveballs by feuding with his fellow Kentuckian, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s chairman, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, over support for his re-election efforts.

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Bunning also made a headline-grabbing blunder by predicting that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg would be dead by year’s end.

Bunning apologized Monday for the Ginsburg statement. However, some Republican analysts want Bunning benched.


On Tuesday, Bunning threatened to sue the National Republican Senatorial Committee if it tries to recruit a GOP candidate to challenge him. He then went on to accuse state Senate President David Williams of owing him $30,000 and questioned Cornyn’s honesty.

On Friday, Williams met with NRSC officials in Washington about a possible run for the U.S. Senate, a move that infuriated Bunning.


This isn’t Bunning’s first brush with verbal faux pas.

During the 2004 campaign, Bunning said Democratic challenger Daniel Mongiardo, then a state senator from Eastern Kentucky and now the state’s lieutenant governor, looked “like one of Saddam Hussein’s sons.” Mongiardo is an Italian-American.

Bunning later apologized for the statement, and the two may face off again in 2010.

Mongiardo issued a statement Wednesday calling on Bunning to withdraw from the Senate contest because Bunning is an “embarrassment to Kentuckians.”


In the 2004 election cycle, Mongiardo lost to Bunning by a 1.4 percentage point margin.

Other Democrats considering the race include state Attorney General Jack Conway and state Auditor Crit Luallen. U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler, D-Versailles, has not ruled out a run.

In the meantime, the state’s Republicans are hoping to avoid a replay of the 2007 Kentucky governor’s race, when GOP Gov. Ernie Fletcher refused to step aside and lost in a landslide to Democrat and current Gov. Steve Beshear.

Ultimately, the true test of Bunning’s ability to mount a viable bid for a third term will depend on whether he is able to raise funds and fortify support, said Jennifer Duffy, a senior analyst with the Cook Political Report.

“It’s up to him. He promised to raise $2 million and they’ll hold him to it,” Duffy said.

So far, Bunning has banked only $150,000 in what could be a race that demands $10 million or more per candidate.

In a telephone press conference with reporters on Tuesday, Bunning had just four words for naysayers:

“I’m going to run.”

Oh goody! You have to run, Senator Bunning! Think of the children!


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18 responses to “Bunning on Empty

  1. jeb

    What is actually an “embarrassment to Kentuckians” is that they’ve elected two of the shadiest scumbags to the Senate and they keep sending them back. If they send Bunning in for a third time, that will be really embarrassing.

  2. Jenn/jlms qkw

    oh nonnie! poor bunning – i almost feel sorry for him, then he pisses me off again, as do many republicans.

    and you make it all so funnay!

  3. Friend of the court

    everytime I see an Easter Bunning, I want to break off the ears.

    • Jenn/jlms qkw

      i want to bite the butt. with tiger teeth.

      • Friend of the court

        There was a big bunny at school, today. We had to smack it with a dictionary to break it into small enough pieces to pass around.

        • 😆 i run out to walgreens for a few minutes and come home to violence! i thought i was at one of those wingnut sites! 😯

          • Jenn/jlms qkw

            how was walgreens? here in salt lake they are located strategically close to clinics. in fact, my kids’ pediatrician’s office has a mc donalds and a walgreens in stone’s throw.

            • empty. i usually go to another one that’s close by, but i went there yesterday, and i noticed a sign that said they were no longer open 24 hours. they will only be open until 9 on weekdays and 6 on saturdays and sundays. i guess they are trying to economize like everyone else.

              • Friend of the court

                Empty? That’s a bad sign for the economy. They won’t even be able to compost all that left over “grass”. However, I believe that Peeps have an expiration date written as atomic half life.

  4. nonnie

    that rabbit is perfecto for this sunday!

    bunning is insane… i guess too many spitballs

    • dcAp,
      can you imagine him showing up at an easter egg roll for little kids? the poor little things would be traumatized after being screamed at by the easter bunny to get off his lawn.

  5. Woah. Mitch teh bitch has been dieting!
    He looks good… well. considering.
    Nonnie you’re so clever; I’m always amazed.

    • thanks, saitia! 😀
      you amaze me, too.
      i slimmed mitch down. the original character was too well-built to be that sniveling wussy bastard. as it is, he still looks too good, but i haven’t had as much time as usual to work on the posters.

  6. That’s almost as scary as Cheney as the Easter Bunny.

    • i don’t think the easter bunning is what little kids want to see on easter. that is, of course, unless the easter eggs are uncooked and rotten, and the kids are allowed to pelt bunning with them.