Senator Bunning of Kentucky was blocking an extension of unemployment and COBRA benefits in the middle of a horrible recession.
Why would cranky Old Bunning do such a thing? Well, he's got a great reason.
Retiring Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) late Thursday launched a one-man crusade to block an extension of unemployment and COBRA insurance benefits, vowing to allow the benefit programs to expire Sunday unless Democrats agreed to pay for them with unused stimulus funds.
Bunning’s quixotic pursuit of deficit offsets at the potential expense of payments to unemployed or uninsured citizens enraged Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and other Democrats, who vowed to keep the chamber in session until Bunning relents or collapses.
Mr. Bunning complained he had been ambushed by the Democrats and was forced to miss the Kentucky-South Carolina basketball game. He said Democrats caused their own problems by dropping the program extensions from an earlier bipartisan jobs measure.
Fair enough. Hundreds of thousands should suffer because Grandpa Old missed a basketball game.
Thankfully, Democrats were digging in their heels. They weren't going to allow this travesty to occur on their watch!
A senior Democratic leadership aide said Durbin would ask for unanimous consent to pass the extensions without Bunning’s payment scheme every half hour for the foreseeable future. “We’re going to keep doing it until we break him,” the aide said.
Hell, yeah! Break the fucker! You can't have a better set up of Republican bullshit. This is the best set up ever!
Then it started to happen! He started to break late in the evening!
And when Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) begged him to drop his objection, Politico reports, Bunning replied: "Tough shit."
The Old Man is getting cranky, losing it. Push on! Break him!
And then Democrats adjourned for the evening and allowed Bunning to go home, get some rest, so he could return in the morning refreshed to continue his heinous act.
And he did.
And then they went home for the weekend.
Americans lose again because the Democrats have no idea what in the fuck they are doing.