url-8.thumbnail.jpgJim Bunning unleashes that famous sneaky fastball once again, and takes aim at Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s pancreas:

U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning predicted over the weekend that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg would likely be dead from pancreatic cancer within nine months.

During a wide-ranging 30-minute speech on Saturday at the Hardin County Republican Party’s Lincoln Day Dinner, 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 think it’s impressive that Bunning, who’s never been much more than a dumb ex-jock, could make a medical diagnosis every bit as accurate as Bill Frist’s and without the benefit of a medical degree. Kudos.

I see conservative cancer survivors have the good taste to find this really creepy. No cancer patient wants anyone calling the mortuary on their behalf, especially if their very public death wish is a gambit to grab headlines and stoke campaign coffers:

Bunning also reiterated that he would run for re-election in 2010. But he said he doesn’t have the ability to raise money like U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who spent more than $20 million in last year’s election.

Bunning, who only has about $150,000 in his campaign account, has been criticized because of his inability to raise money.

"I’m not only asking for your support, but if you have a $25 check somewhere, or whatever, you can send it, I’ll cash it," he told the group.

Twenty-five bucks? He put her in the grave for twenty-five bucks?

I get that he’s erratic, his numbers are in the tank, the NRSC would like to unload him and is talking with Kentucky state Senator David Williams about filling the seat (evidently with McConnell’s knowledge). And fear mongering about Supreme Court vacancies is certainly a staple of wingnut politics, but I’m not even sure what the logic here is. If Ginsburg was in fact released from this mortal coil in 9 months, that’s well before 2010 and Bunning would still be able to cast that critical vote to smash our secular liberal dreams of universal abortion, legalized pedophilia and handing over the country to terrorists.

Jill has more on how Bunning is simply following the GOP playbook on this one. If I had to place a bet on which of the two would still be drawing a payroll check from the federal government after November 2010, my money’s on Ginsburg.

Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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