Jim Bunning Predicts Supreme Ct. Justice’s Death

Remember how the 2008 Presidential Election was supposed to be the end of partisan politics? That lasted about two days. But things are starting to go from “healthy political discourse” to “bloodbath” in a big way: according to GAWKER, Hall of Fame pitcher-turned-Senator Jim Bunning is now pumping up his constituents with good news: the imminent death of a beloved Supreme Court Justice.

Jim Bunning

Speaking at a the Lincoln’s Day Dinner for the Hardin County, Kentucky Republican Party, Bunning reiterated his stance on only supporting conservative judges (and his stance on being a total jerk) by mentioning the pancreatic cancer of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg and giving his own, icy cold prediction of her chances at survival:

 …Bunning said he supports conservative judges “and that’s going to be in place very shortly because Ruth Bader Ginsburg … has cancer.

“Bad cancer. The kind that you don’t get better from,” he told a crowd of about 100 at the old State Theater.

“Even though she was operated on, usually, nine months is the longest that anybody would live after (being diagnosed) with pancreatic cancer,” he said.

I don’t know where Dr. Bunning received his medical degree at, or what he considers to be the “good kind of cancer.” (Cancer of the ice cream sundae?) Needless to say, a few politically correct crackpots thought it was in poor taste to publicly speculate on how long a Supreme Court Justice has to live, and ABC NEWS said Bunning issued an apology to  Ginsberg today. One that was amusingly brusque:

“I apologize if my comments offended Justice Ginsberg,” Bunning, R-Ky., said in a statement released by his Senate office. “That certainly was not my intent. It is great to see her back at the Supreme Court today and I hope she recovers quickly. My thoughts and prayers are with her and her family.”

Yes, I can’t imagine why someone would be offended by another person saying they have nine months to live. Of course, this is par for the course for Bunning, named one of the five worst Senators by TIME MAGAZINE in 2006.  His coarse, hostile demeanor has alienated staffers, fellow Senators and even the Republican party, and he has a reputation for only caring about policy relating to baseball (a narrow subset of interests, to be sure.)

But hey, cut the guy some slack: he threw a perfect game! I mean, come on, right?