Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Tough Shit Bunning
Republican Senator Jim Bunning, who single-handedly blocked funding legislation for extension of unemployment benefits and transportation projects, has agreed to end his one-man filibuster. Bunning's actions as well as attitude - he callously dismissed a colleague's concerns about the negative impact as "tough shit" -has not endeared him to the public or senators on both sides of the aisle. That said, Bunning is not totally to blame because the United States Senate arcane rules, under the conceit of being a great deliberative body, make it possible for one individual to stymie legislation and thwart the will of the majority.