Jim Bunning, R-Kentucky, named "one of America's five worst senators" by Time magazine, single-handedly blocked an extension of benefits and health insurance for unemployed Americans Friday, insisting that the federal deficit was more urgent than trying to get the nation's economy on its feet.
At 78, the former pro-league baseball pitcher, heralded by National Review as the nation's second most conservative senator, and deemed "The Underperformer" by Time, has previously shown little interest in his job—unless it involved the issue of steroid use in sports. Pres. Bill Clinton once remarked that Bunning "was so mean-spirited, he repulsed even his fellow know-nothings. I tried to work with him a couple times, and he sent shivers up my spine."
For his part, Bunning has proudly proclaimed, "I don't watch the national news, and I don't read the paper. I watch Fox News to get my information."
On Friday, during a debate with Democrats over unemployment benefits, Bunning was reported as saying "tough shit," when senators criticized his obstinance.
On Monday, March 1, the jobless (hey, that's me) will no longer be able to apply for federal unemployment benefits or the COBRA subsidy, unless the feds approve an extension.
Hey, Mr. Bunning: Please let me speak for the millions of Americans who are trying to resurrect their careers, and in the meantime, eat and sleep indoors: Fuck you.