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Old 01-22-2009, 08:57 AM
 
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In an attempt to stem their string of losses the GOP is looking at 2010 and trying to thin the herd of the weaklings. Jim Bunning is one of the weaker ones. In a solidly Republican state he has run behind his party the last two elections and a couple of Democrats are considered better fund raisers and potential winners.

If Bunning keeps hanging on into next year he could seriously hamper fund raising (he has about $23.15 in the bank, in a state that could require $20,000,000!) and the ability of competing Rs to gain some statewide name recognition.

Heck he didn't even show up for the opening of the Senate this week. Came in a couple of days late and told the party bosses that it's none of their business where he was! Team players like this are what give John Cornyn that shiny white hair.

2010 could be a Republican disaster but I'll start another thread on the other races.

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Old 01-22-2009, 09:19 AM
 
Location: Idaho Falls
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Is this the guy who walks around in public in his PJs? Former ballplayer, too, if I remember. But showing signs of mental deterioration. Right?
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Old 01-22-2009, 09:25 AM
 
Location: Washington state
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Is this the guy who walks around in public in his PJs? Former ballplayer, too, if I remember. But showing signs of mental deterioration. Right?

Yep, Jim Bunning was a pitcher and a member of the Hall of Fame. I don't understand what the big deal here is however...to be a Republican, you have to be suffering from some degree of mental deterioration anyway. Heck, look at their last presidential ticket...Sen. Alzheimers and Gov. Bimbo.
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Old 01-22-2009, 09:31 AM
 
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Yep, hall of fame pitcher, 2 no-hitter, one a perfect game. But as well known as being part of the Phillies 10 game losing streak to boot away the '64 pennant.

In his 2004 re-election run he had to use a TELEPROMPTER during a DEBATE. Despite having about 6 times as much money as his D opponent he barely sqeaked out a win, despite Bush carrying the state by about 20 points. He spent 1/2 of that campaign apologizing for, among other things; accusing his opponent of looking like one of Saddam Hussein's sons, calling him "limp wristed" and accusing the opponent's supporters of attacking his wife.

He was one of only TWO Republican Senators to vote against Robert Gates' confirmation as Sec-Def. The other was Rick Santorum, who may not wander around in his PJs but was well-known for making idiotic statements.

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Old 02-25-2009, 09:54 AM
 
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Default 2010 KY senate race (Bunning), the circular firing squad is lining up

Ahhh, Kentucky politics, amateurish by the standards of TX and LA, but always fun to watch. Jim Bunning (always noted, as here as a Hall of Fame pitcher) keeps saying he's going to run, Mitch McConnell is quietly pi**ing on his shoes and telling him it's raining while John Cornyn (R-TX and Saturn) does the same.

McConnell suggested that a possible primary challenger to Bunning meet with Cornyn and his committe. That would be the National Republican Senatorial Committe. The committee's bylaws state that its mission is to HELP INCUMBENTS WIN REELECTION.

Cornyn met with the challenger, David Williams, head of the KY Senate, as "a courtesy".

This prompted Bunning to state that he would "sue the committee" if it helps Williams in his primary challenge.

Of course McConnell doesn't want to get too close to Bunning (despite the fact that in the past he considered him his closest friend in the Senate). Because if/when Bunning gets sent to the showers, McConnell would have to shoulder a fair amount of the blame for dropping the Rs below the majic number of "41".

So McConnell and Cornyn are waving to the bullpen while Bunning is holding the ball in his glove and insisting that he can still get the batter OUT.

Fun and games in the Bluegrass State.

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Old 02-25-2009, 10:07 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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golfgod, I love the analogy.
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Old 02-25-2009, 12:05 PM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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Up here in Yankee land the Republicans are considering running John Sununu for 2nd District Senatorial seat. Sununu just lost the 1st District seat to a Democrat.
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Old 02-25-2009, 02:28 PM
 
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Ahhh, Kentucky politics, amateurish by the standards of TX and LA, but always fun to watch. Jim Bunning (always noted, as here as a Hall of Fame pitcher) keeps saying he's going to run, Mitch McConnell is quietly pi**ing on his shoes and telling him it's raining while John Cornyn (R-TX and Saturn) does the same.

McConnell suggested that a possible primary challenger to Bunning meet with Cornyn and his committe. That would be the National Republican Senatorial Committe. The committee's bylaws state that its mission is to HELP INCUMBENTS WIN REELECTION.

Cornyn met with the challenger, David Williams, head of the KY Senate, as "a courtesy".

This prompted Bunning to state that he would "sue the committee" if it helps Williams in his primary challenge.

Of course McConnell doesn't want to get too close to Bunning (despite the fact that in the past he considered him his closest friend in the Senate). Because if/when Bunning gets sent to the showers, McConnell would have to shoulder a fair amount of the blame for dropping the Rs below the majic number of "41".

So McConnell and Cornyn are waving to the bullpen while Bunning is holding the ball in his glove and insisting that he can still get the batter OUT.

Fun and games in the Bluegrass State.

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Are you from Kentucky?
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Old 02-25-2009, 04:46 PM
 
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GolfGod, awesome posting and writing. I can't wait to see how badly the GOP does in 2010. Until then, they'll try to poison everything Obama and Dems want to do in order make the dems look bad, no matter how it might hurt their own constituents.
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Old 02-25-2009, 04:52 PM
 
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I don't get the awsome part? Why do you all care what goes on in lil ol Kentucky?
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