Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Dude, You Offended My Grandma

A group of 13-year old boys were playing with my son a few days ago when one boy's father came and spoke quietly to him. The boy burst into tears and left with his dad. My son later informed me that this child's grandmother had just been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

That's the same disease that our Junior Senator Jim Bunning announced would kill Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg within nine months.

Bunning has now apologized "if" (if!) he offended Justice Ginsburg.

No word yet on whether he will apologize to the thousands of people battling pancreatic cancer, or their families and friends "if" they, too, were offended. Bunning, however, did something much worse than offend: he stole hope from those who need it the most.

Somebody, anybody needs to challenge Bunning in the primary if he persists on running for a third term. It would be an act of mercy not just to Kentucky and the Republican party but to Bunning himself. Bunning's premature announcement of Ginsburg's imminent demise comes just as he's gearing up; it's the warm-up of a campaign few can bear to watch. Somebody, please spare us from what he might say next.

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