Jim Bunning’s current status is: Self-destructive.
The suicide watch has been posted at Sen. Jim Bunning’s office.
Or, at least, it should be. In the latest chapter of this increasingly bizarre saga, the Louisville Courier-Journal reports that Bunning (R-KY) told a closed fundraising meeting of his supporters that he would resign from office if he encountered opposition from the Republican Party to his reelection effort.
“I would get the last laugh. Don’t forget Kentucky has a Democrat governor,” one of the sources quoted Bunning as saying.
“The only logical extension of that comment is, ‘(Make me mad) … enough and I’ll resign, and then you’ve got 60 Democrats,’ ” said another source who was present at the event.
Bunning’s official response was, predictably, a denial: “It’s not true. I intend to fulfill my obligation to the people of Kentucky. If you are going to write something like this, you better make your sources known, because they are lying.” Of course, Bunning has a tendency to deny many of his kookier remarks until it is revealed that somebody had recorded them on tape, at which point Bunning’s memory becomes somewhat less fuzzy.
In terms of strategy, this amounts to saying: “don’t piss me off or I’ll kill myself.” It seems pretty evident, therefore, that Bunning hasn’t thought his cunning plan all the way through. As one source revealed to the Courier-Journal:
“It’s not because he’s old and senile — he’s always been like that. He’ll tell you what he thinks,” the source said.
But Bunning’s resistance to retirement is “sad to see,” the source said.
“The problem I see with all this media attention is, it just makes him more stubborn rather than make him ready to make a rational decision,” the source said.
Very astute source.