In his 1 man filibuster Senator Jim Bunning, KY, is giving the finger not only to reporters, but to America. In a further example of Republican nonsense in the Senate, Bunning single-handedly stopped extended unemployment benefits for 1.2 million people, impacted COBRA health insurance co-payments, slashed physician Medicare payments 21% and generated furloughs of 2,000 highway workers. McClatchy has a nice chart that shows the impact of his intransigence on a state-by-state basis.
Somehow the GOP hasn’t learned that the American people are watching and are sick and tired of these types of shenanigans. Given the lockstep nature of the GOP’s political gamesmanship, this type of action should give pause to anyone considering supporting a GOP-candidate in the 2010 elections.
Update – Democratic Senators Respond to Opportunistic, Heartless, Un-principled, Unconscionable Bunning Filibuster