Republican Jim Bunning of Kentucky is getting the credit for single-handedly blocking
the unemployment benefits of 1.2 million jobless people. This recession is going to feel like a Depression once those benefits run out.
And that's not all that Bunning has been up to: He is also shutting down much of the transportation department
, blocking states from receiving highway and transit funds.
I understand the strategy here. Any misery inflicted by Bunning will be blamed on Obama and the Democrats. All of this is reminiscent of the Clinton era, when the Republicans won majorities in Congress and then overplayed their hand by shutting down the government. The public blamed the Republicans, and Clinton benefited politically. But now, the Democrats are the majority party, and they -- fairly or otherwise -- will take the blame.
Or...maybe Sean Hannity will tell those 1.2 million people to blame hippies.