Monday, February 23, 2009

Craziest Republican of the Day: Jim Bunning

By Michael J.W. Stickings

For pulling a Bill Frist and diagnosing Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Gingsburg from afar. "Bad cancer. The kind that you don't get better," said the Republican senator from Kentucky over the weekend, addressing the Hardin County Republican Party's Lincoln Day Dinner. "Even though she was operated on, usually, nine months is the longest that anybody would live after (being diagnosed) with pancreatic cancer." The difference, though, is that at least Frist, who "diagnosed" Terri Schiavo from watching her on video, is a doctor, whereas Bunning is a former professional baseball player.

As Steve Benen points out -- and he's one of the best at identifying crazy Republicans -- Bunning "doesn't really know what he's talking about. Ginsburg's cancer was caught early and she had surgery to remove a small tumor that had not spread. It's obviously a serious, life-threatening matter, but the American Cancer Society notes that 'people diagnosed with Stage 1 pancreatic cancer have between a 21 and 37 percent chance of living for more than five years with the disease.'" Furthermore, "[p]redicting the death of a Supreme Court justice, in the context of judicial politics, doesn't exactly scream 'class.' Note to Bunning: better to remain silent and be thought a fool than speak and remove all doubt."

Some fools cannot help but prove themselves to be fools, however, and Bunning removed all doubt a long, long time ago.

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  • It's sad there are so many noxious Republican'ts to chooose from these days. It's really hard some days to limit it to one...

    By Blogger surakmn, at 6:52 PM  

  • Are you saying that, with Stage 1 pancreatic cancer, Justice Ginsburg has about a 70% chance of dying within five years?

    What an outrageous thing to say!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:58 AM  

  • I'm quoting Steve Benen, who's quoting the ACS. Bunning should have just kept his mouth shut.

    By Blogger Michael J.W. Stickings, at 9:10 AM  

  • Same ol' same ol' from the party of Do-nothing No's.

    Of course they want Ginsberg to die, she's a LIBERAL !

    Just like they want the economy to collapse and perhaps even a terror attack here and there just so they can point fingers at Obama.

    Why do Republicans hate America and everything she stands for ?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:47 PM  

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