Perhaps I am easily amused (see video), but the ongoing feud between Bunning and McConnell (and Cornyn) makes me smile every time Bunning rears his head into Mitch’s airspace.  In the latest installment, he takes shots at McConnell’s leadership, and blames him for the GOP’s remarkable collapse in the Senate:

He said: “Do you realize that under our dynamic leadership of our leader, we have gone from 55 and probably to 40 (Senate seats) in two election cycles, and if the tea leaves that I read are correct, we will wind up with about 36 after this election cycle.

So if leadership means anything, it means you don’t lose … approximately 19 seats in three election cycles with good leadership.”

Ouch.  Of course, it’s not like McConnell was the only Republican leader at the time.  There was that Bush fellow who was kind of unpopular, and as Mark points out, it was Bill Frist at the helm for The Great Thumpin’ Of Aught-Six.  Besides, McConnell’s not really a campaign guru; he’s a master of obstruction who prevents more with less than the Democrats ever prevented with more.

Ironically, after going ballistic about McConnell and Cornyn supposedly recruiting a primary opponent against him, it appears that Bunning may have actually recruited his own primary opponent:

U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning says he’s still in the race for re-election next year despite having encouraged Secretary of State Trey Grayson to form an exploratory committee to consider a run.


Grayson has insisted he won’t run for Senate unless Bunning decides to abandon his re-election bid.

Why yes, I am assuming that Grayson is lying.  On the other hand, Mark believes that Bunning wants out, but only if it doesn’t look like Mitch had anything to do with it.  So perhaps Bunning’s cunning plan is to handpick his own successor, then use Operation Fundraising… Not as an excuse to quit.  Or maybe he just got sick of running against Mitch and Big Bad John.

I hope Mark’s wrong about Bunning bowing out.  Not only would I miss his colorful antics like threatening to sue the NRSC, but he is by far the Democrats’ best chance to win that seat.  Which would make Mitch even lonelier, both at home and in the Senate.