Friday, March 19, 2010

Stupid Thing of the Week: Sen. Jim 'Screwball' Bunning tops himself

Posted By on Fri, Mar 19, 2010 at 12:24 PM

Jim Bunning’s at it again. You remember former major league pitcher and current U.S. Senator from Kentucky, Jim “Screwball” Bunning, right? The dementia-addled GOP senator who held up unemployment benefits for millions of laid-off workers until his own party leaders convinced him to get back on his meds? Yeah, that Bunning — the honorable lawmaker who’s so loopy and unpredictable, his party is forcing him out of Congress at the end of the year. Bunning, though, is one nut who’s not afraid to keep building on his whacked-out reputation, even in the face of widespread ridicule — which qualifies him for our weekly Stupid Thing of the Week prize.

On Tuesday, Bunning fought to block two Obama administration nominations — for a Deputy U.S. Trade Representative and a Chief Agriculture Negotiator (unanimously recommended by the Senate Finance Committee, which Bunning is on, three months ago) — because ... here it comes ... Bunning is opposed to a tobacco-related law passed by the Canadian Parliament. I wish I was kidding, but this is the level of pure lunacy at work in BunningWorld. I wonder if anyone has looked into how many times the former pitcher was hit in the head while batting for the Phillies?

Sen. Jim Bunning: Where am I and why are these people talking to me?
  • Sen. Jim Bunning: Where am I and why are these people talking to me?

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