When a political editor declares that U.S. Senator Jim Bunning (R-Ky)
makes "even former Vice President Cheney seem warm and fuzzy," you
know that the mainstream media are reaching for the long knives.
Associate editor of The Hill A.B. Stoddard wrote in yesterday's "Bunning’s
gift to Dems:"
Bunning’s blowup was indeed a gift to bewildered
Democrats on more than one level. It portrayed Republicans as
obstructionists, showed Republicans dissing the unemployed, gave the GOP
the face of a mean old white guy that made even former Vice President Cheney seem warm and fuzzy, illustrated how hamstrung Democrats are
in trying to pass legislation within the confines of Senate rules, made
fellow home-state senator and former friend Minority Leader Mitch
McConnell (R-Ky.) squirm and distracted from the plans Democrats have to
pass healthcare reform with the reconciliation procedure, as well as
from Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) stepping down as chairman of the House
Ways and Means Committee amid ethical troubles. Let’s call that a
Just in case readers missed the point, Stoddard described Bunning's
effort to get the Senate to abide by its own rule as a "temper
tantrum." His "hot-pink face" and considerable "grumbling" reminded
Stoddard that his "mental stability has been questioned as far back as
The mainstream media's shrieks and howls over Bunning's modest effort
to bring a modicum of sanity to Washington spending places their own
stability in question. If they're not careful, Bunning Derangement
Syndrome may be included in the next revision of The Diagnostic and
Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).