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Jeri Thompson: Jim Bunning’s Finest Hour

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Posted on March 5 2010 12:30 pm
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by Jeri Thompson

Sen. Jim Bunning cut a deal with Democrats to release the hold he had blocking a 30-day extension of unemployment benefits and subsidized COBRA health insurance. But the impact of his stand against more deficit spending will hang over Washington for some time. When he said on the floor Tuesday night that, “If we cannot pay for a bill that all 100 senators support, how can we tell the American people with a straight face that we will ever pay for anything? That is what senators say they want, and that is what the American people want.”

The Inside the Beltway media will insist that Bunning was throwing sand in the gears of Republican political momentum, but I don’t think that American people saw it that way. To most Americans concerned about our country’s future, this latest “deal” makes the rest of Bunning’s Republican colleagues appear all the more politically cautious for not backing him up.

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