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Sen. Jim Bunning holds floor: 'Tough s--t'
politico ^ | 2/25/10 | JAKE SHERMAN & MANU RAJU

Posted on 02/26/2010 10:24:36 AM PST by LouAvul

Senate Democrats spent Thursday night hammering away at Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) for single-handedly holding up action in the upper chamber – but he blurted out a message to one of them on the Senate floor: “Tough s—t.”

In an unusual display in the normally sleepy chamber, Bunning – without the support of GOP leadership – has blocked efforts to quickly approve a series of extensions to measures that would otherwise expire Sunday, including unemployment insurance and the Cobra program that allows people who lose their health benefits to continue getting coverage.

And that has led to a furious exchange on the floor, with Democrats attacking the senator, who has refused to relent on his objection, in unusually harsh terms.

In a colloquy with Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Sen. Jeff Merkley, a freshman Democrat from Oregon, was pleading for Bunning to drop his objection, when the Kentucky Republican got fed up.

“Tough s—t,” Bunning said as he was seated in the back row, overheard by the floor staff and others in attendance.

A spokesman for Bunning did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

It’s rare for senators to curse at one another on the floor of the chamber. In 2004, Dick Cheney famously told Sen. Patrick Leahy to “f—- yourself” when the vice president appeared for a photo session in the upper chamber.

Bunning is furious about increased spending in the Senate – but he’s waging a lonely battle to stop it. The senior senator from his state, Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, with whom he has a frosty relationship, is not backing him up. If he refuses to relent, Democrats will have to file cloture to shut down debate, pushing back final action until next week.

(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Kentucky
KEYWORDS: 111th; badlink; bunning; federalspending; missinglink; shiite; tough

1 posted on 02/26/2010 10:24:36 AM PST by LouAvul
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2 posted on 02/26/2010 10:25:20 AM PST by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spirito Sancto.)
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To: LouAvul

Good to know that Bunning hasn’t forgotten how to throw a brushback pitch.


3 posted on 02/26/2010 10:25:45 AM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: LouAvul

Do you post much?

Your links are wrong.


4 posted on 02/26/2010 10:26:16 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (Free Republic. The BEST place anywhere to PIMP YOUR BLOG)
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To: LouAvul

You links go to FR, not politico.


5 posted on 02/26/2010 10:26:49 AM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: LouAvul
Sen. Jim Bunning holds floor: 'Tough s--t'
6 posted on 02/26/2010 10:29:31 AM PST by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: LouAvul

Bunning isn’t worried about reelection, so the Democrats screaming “YOU HATE UNEMPLOYED PEOPLE!!!” isn’t going to work on him.

In the end, that is the ONLY thing this “Jobs” bill is about, making Republicans vote against “Jobs”.

We have some REAL WHACKOS running the White House and Congress now, folks


7 posted on 02/26/2010 10:31:53 AM PST by tcrlaf (Obama White House=Tammany Hall on the National Mall)
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To: Rummyfan
Bunning was an awesome pitcher. He's an even more awesome senator. The fact that the Capon Mitch McConnell doesn't get along with him, makes him all that much better of a senator.

We're going to miss him.

8 posted on 02/26/2010 10:32:38 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: combat_boots
In 2004, Dick Cheney famously told Sen. Patrick Leahy to “f—- yourself”

The only thing out of line about Cheney's quoted remark is that he shouldn't have insulted Leahy's horse.

9 posted on 02/26/2010 10:34:14 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Vigilanteman

If memory serves correctly, Bunning pitched a perfect game


10 posted on 02/26/2010 10:34:20 AM PST by j.argese
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To: LouAvul

Kudos to Sen. Bunning.

Now if he can convince some of his colleagues to get some backbone before he leaves . . . .


11 posted on 02/26/2010 10:34:37 AM PST by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: LouAvul

I’m aghast! He’s supposed to say, “Tough sh-t, to my esteemed colleague, the Gentleman from ......”


12 posted on 02/26/2010 10:36:59 AM PST by Southside_Chicago_Republican ("During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." --Orwell)
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To: Southside_Chicago_Republican

LOL!


13 posted on 02/26/2010 10:39:45 AM PST by Syncro (TPXIII coming soon! March 27th to April 15th 2010)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Sorry. Dunno what happened. Links: Let's try this
14 posted on 02/26/2010 10:39:53 AM PST by LouAvul
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To: Responsibility2nd

And I do post quite a bit. Try not to be so condescending.


15 posted on 02/26/2010 10:40:45 AM PST by LouAvul
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To: LouAvul

Looks ok to me by the title


16 posted on 02/26/2010 10:42:54 AM PST by Syncro (TPXIII coming soon! March 27th to April 15th 2010)
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To: Vigilanteman

“The fact that the Capon Mitch McConnell doesn’t get along with him, makes him all that much better of a senator.”

Yeah, and if McConnell hasn’t been able to get along with a guy like Bunning it really makes you wonder about the guy McConnell is pushing for Bunning’s replacement, Trey Grayson. If McConnell is for Grayson, I think I would have to back either Rand Paul or Bill Johnson for Senate if I were a Kentuckian.


17 posted on 02/26/2010 10:43:19 AM PST by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: LouAvul
"Try not to be so condescending."

Ya, that was pretty rude of him/her. It's been getting really mean around here as of late.
18 posted on 02/26/2010 10:44:36 AM PST by JoSixChip (HOPE = Have Obumber Prove Eligibility)
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To: j.argese
If memory serves correctly, Bunning pitched a perfect game

Father's Day 1964. I remember it well, in black and white.

19 posted on 02/26/2010 10:46:19 AM PST by bankwalker (In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.)
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To: LouAvul

That was a very rude comment. BTW, unless you changed it, it worked fine for me :)


20 posted on 02/26/2010 10:52:22 AM PST by panthermom
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To: LouAvul
YOU TELL THEM JIM!!!
STAND YOUR GROUND! I wish we had more of his type instead of the herd of RINO's we have representing us!

MESS WITH THE BULL YOU GET THE TUSK!!!!!!!

21 posted on 02/26/2010 10:54:49 AM PST by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: LouAvul

Cobra is a red herring for the Rats. Company paid insurance is often so high that the unemployed cannot afford it anyway.


22 posted on 02/26/2010 10:55:00 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Truth - Reality through the eyes of God.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

True.


23 posted on 02/26/2010 11:01:35 AM PST by Leisler (What 'free market', where is it?)
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To: LouAvul

Magoffin County, has 21.4 percent of its residents unemployed, Durbin said

******

And whose fault is that, Durbin?!


24 posted on 02/26/2010 11:02:53 AM PST by kcvl
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To: LouAvul
It's too bad the RINOs running the NRSC and those in KY never realized what they had in Senator Bunning. It's funny, but the very things that made him unpopular as a Senator- his gruff attitude, his contentious relationships with the press and leadership, and his stubborness are the very same qualities that so many Kentuckians value in themselves.
25 posted on 02/26/2010 11:03:07 AM PST by brothers4thID (http://scarlettsays.blogspot.com/)
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To: Rummyfan

lol

nice, I am tired of the PC crap, lets start telling it like it is!


26 posted on 02/26/2010 11:07:06 AM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (November is coming.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Unless the former employer has a nexus in only one state, COBRA insurance related disputes can only be handled in federal court. State insurance commissions are forbidden to intercede.


27 posted on 02/26/2010 11:09:00 AM PST by kitchen (One battle rifle for each person, and a spare for each pair.)
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To: LouAvul

Of course, the rest of the story is very unflattering to the Democrats. They’ve had this deadline for months. They know they can pass a bill to fix it. But instead, they did NOTHING, wasting their time on health care.

Now, it’s so late they were trying to pass a 1-month extension so they could get time to do the real bill, which they expect will pass easily.

So while it’s great that Bunning is stopping this, the democrats have nobody to blame but themselves for not taking care of this months ago. All they had to do is fashion the new bill, bring it up last month, and file cloture. They could be voting today on the real bill, not a one-month extension.

But Harry Reid is incompetent. He failed to get dozens of political nominations through a senate where he had 60 votes. ALL he had to do was bring up all of them, and file cloture papers for each, and he could have finished them all. But he was too busy.


28 posted on 02/26/2010 11:09:34 AM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Tried calling his offices to thank him and couldn’t get thru...It’s time someone stands up to all this ‘crap’....


29 posted on 02/26/2010 11:10:06 AM PST by OregonTide
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To: LouAvul

“Rockefeller also noted that Bunning’s objection could turn off televisions for more than 1 million households, since the package has provisions dealing with the switch to digital TV.”
What a frigging travesty! No TV. Oh what are we to do?
Country is broke and these asshats are spending money on crap like this.


30 posted on 02/26/2010 11:10:13 AM PST by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: tcrlaf

The Dems are both insane and unrepentently cynical. They know that the logical outcome of their UIC extensions is that you will end up with a generation of people who end up permanently on the government dole. If the limits are not respected, you end up with another unfunded entitlement program and create a huge incentive for many workers to give up searching for a job. It’s always easy to promise more, more, more when you’re not the one suffering the consequences of your reckless political posturing.


31 posted on 02/26/2010 11:15:08 AM PST by littleharbour
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To: LouAvul
Detroit media are squawking about Mi unemployment cks running out....go Bunning!
32 posted on 02/26/2010 11:16:14 AM PST by roses of sharon (I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13)
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To: j.argese

Yes he did, in 1964, the year the Phillies almost went to the World Series. Probably the only better pitcher from that era was Nolan Ryan, though there would be others in the same class— Bob Gibson, Steve Carlton and possibly some others.


33 posted on 02/26/2010 11:30:24 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: LouAvul

“tough s...” said Bunning, and then threw a fastball under his chin.


34 posted on 02/26/2010 12:11:02 PM PST by driftless2 (for long term happiness, learn how to play the accordion)
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To: Scotsman will be Free
“Rockefeller also noted that Bunning’s objection could turn off televisions for more than 1 million households, since the package has provisions dealing with the switch to digital TV.”

Why are we even dealing with this any more? Wasn't this done a year ago? Even more proof that a government program never goes away.

35 posted on 02/26/2010 12:11:53 PM PST by T. P. Pole
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To: Vigilanteman
"only better pitcher"

Only? Ahem, Koufax, Marichal, and Drysdale.

36 posted on 02/26/2010 12:13:03 PM PST by driftless2 (for long term happiness, learn how to play the accordion)
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To: LouAvul

I’ve long believed that Al Franken would usher in a return of fisticuffs to the Senate floor, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Bunning was the one who administered the a$$-whoopin’.


37 posted on 02/26/2010 12:15:32 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: LouAvul

38 posted on 02/26/2010 12:15:53 PM PST by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: tcrlaf

Statistically, once unemployment runs out, people are many times more likely to find jobs.

It’s amazing how the employers know when your unemployment runs out and offer more jobs.

I know, I know, this recession IS different, because we have a guy that is intentionally NOT allowing job creation.


39 posted on 02/26/2010 12:16:30 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: LouAvul

40 posted on 02/26/2010 12:16:56 PM PST by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Absolutely correct! The last time I had employer paid health insurance and when I left, the wonderful cobra deal would have made my monthly insurance payments over $1000 just for me, and this was in 2001


41 posted on 02/26/2010 12:25:55 PM PST by chae (I am karmic retribution)
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To: SharpRightTurn

Grayson, is a Nasty/Dirty/Obscene name here in Central Florida!


42 posted on 02/26/2010 12:30:16 PM PST by GOYAKLA (Flush Congress in 2010 & 2012)
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To: Scotsman will be Free

How about the ads on TV for USPS shipping boxes? How much did that cost?


43 posted on 02/26/2010 12:32:26 PM PST by GOYAKLA (Flush Congress in 2010 & 2012)
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To: driftless2
All great pitchers, but I wouldn't necessarily call them better than Bunning with the possible exception of Koufax. The best years of Sandy's career was certainly far better than the best years of Bunning's career, but over a much shorter time frame.

Drysdale was very good, certainly in the same class, but he played for contenders most of his career. Bunning didn't.

Juan Marichal, as great a pitcher as he was, will always be tainted for attacking John Roseboro with a baseball bat. Plus, his team was seldom out of contention.

44 posted on 02/26/2010 1:05:00 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: chae

That is because many people no longer really have health insurance, we have a pre-paid health plan.


45 posted on 02/26/2010 2:17:22 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Truth - Reality through the eyes of God.)
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To: SharpRightTurn; brothers4thID; TexasFreeper2009
Kudos to Sen. Bunning.

Although I personally don't approve of profanity in most situations, Senator Bunning used it quite aptly in this case. He's a man of great courage to stand firm on a matter of principle.

46 posted on 02/26/2010 7:37:10 PM PST by re_nortex
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To: Blood of Tyrants
"Cobra is a red herring for the Rats. Company paid insurance is often so high that the unemployed cannot afford it anyway."

I had a pilot friend who was laid off by a major airline after 9/11. They paid for his family's health insurance for a year, then it went into COBRA. The policy under COBRA would have cost $1,500/month ($18,000/year "Gold Plated" Union negotiated policy). He went to his local independent insurance agent and bought insurance for his family for $500/month. It had a higher deductible, and didn't pay for everything (probably didn't cover fertility drugs, for example), but provided the coverage he and his family needed.

This is what is wrong with insurance. State mandates, and ridiculous coverages drive the cost through the roof. The first exposure many have to paying for insurance themselves is in a COBRA situation, and they freak at the cost of insurance, thinking all health insurance must be so expensive.

The COBRA subsidies passed by Congress are nothing more than corporate welfare to the insurance industry. The same insurers offer much lower priced policies.

There is only one reason to buy into COBRA: If you have a pre-existing condition which would otherwise prevent you from being able to buy insurance.

47 posted on 03/02/2010 9:24:58 AM PST by magellan
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To: magellan

State mandates are part of it, but mostly the price is going up because we are moving away from health insurance to prepaid health care, i.e. $15 co-pays for a doctor’s visit no matter how much it actually costs.


48 posted on 03/02/2010 9:54:41 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Truth - Reality through the eyes of God.)
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To: LouAvul
Good for him. The hell with this false pretense of bonhomie they hypocritically strive for.

Stand up and fight for what is Right!

49 posted on 03/02/2010 10:01:05 AM PST by Dead Corpse (III, Oathkeeper)
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