Someone might want to call President Barack Obama's attention to the main message of Paul Krugman's latest Op-Ed column in The New York Times: This whole bipartisanship idea isn't going to catch on in Congress Krugman takes the recent example of the bill-blockading gymnastics of Sen Jim Bunning (pictured above), along with (continued).
How convenient that seemingly everyone in the liberal blogosphere, and even at many points to the right, got to use Jim Bunning as a scapegoat. The venom of the attacks suggests that the maverick Republican senator from Kentucky provided a welcome alternative to the real villains: bankers much closer to the centers of power. How convenient that seemingly everyone in the liberal blogosphere, and even at many points to the right, got to use Jim Bunning as a scapegoat.
Objection-raising robot Sen. Jim Bunning sure had his day, and his night, on Friday, what with his single-handed stymieing of the proposed extension of health care and unemployment benefits for out-of-work Americans. But, as he pointed out near the end of Friday's jousting session on the Senate floor, it's not as if he wasn't inconvenienced himself.
Sen. Jim Bunning was not a popular man among his Democratic colleagues this week. The Kentucky Republican, apparently so concerned about the federal budget deficit that he thought it unwise to allow the passage of legislation extending unemployment and health care help to jobless Americans, enacted a "one-man filibuster," as the Los Angeles Times put it, and didn't budge on Friday.