• Jim Bunning Abandons His Brave Protest Against Unemployment Benefits

    Imagine, if you will, a lone figure holding his position against attacks from all sides — left, right, the elevator — simply to make the point that  unemployed people should not receive unemployment benefits, because that involves spending money, and spending money is inherently bad unless it is being spent on your own earmarks.

    Could anything make our brave soldier back down? Anything at all?

    After holding up the bill since last Thursday, Mr. Bunning retreated under pressure from members of his own party as well as intense criticism from Democrats, who had threatened to keep the Senate in session while lawmakers unloaded on the Kentucky Republican. The agreement essentially allowed Mr. Bunning the vote that he could have had last week but refused.

    Mr. Bunning's about-face came after his fellow Republicans began to air their own concerns about how the Senate blockade had the potential to damage their political brand while also having a direct impact on their constituents.

    Good point. If the Bunning blockade was only impacting their constituents, maybe Republicans could've lived with it. But suffering constituents plus brand damage, nah, gotta do something. At least one GOPer is still standing by his man…

    "He's my hero this week," said Senator Jim DeMint, the conservative Republican from South Carolina.

    Yep, when you're Jim DeMint's hero, it's time to pack it in.


    Tags: Jim Bunning, Jim DeMint, Republicans, Senate, Unemployment

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