Monday, February 23, 2009

McConnell's and Bunning's Statements Provide A Study In Contrasts

Both of Kentucky's U.S. Senators made the RealClearPolitics.com Strategy Memo this morning:

*Sen. Mitch McConnell doesn't quite call on Roland Burris to resign. "I think the Ethics Committee can work," he told CNN. "I think in this particular instance, it ought to work quickly, and resolve these differences and make a recommendation to the full Senate."

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*Sen. Jim Bunning predicts that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will pass away this year while speaking to a local Republican dinner. "Even though she was operated on, usually nine months is the longest that anybody would live after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer," Bunning said, according to the Courier Journal.

The two snippets are good examples of the differences in style between McConnell and Bunning. Whereas McConnell deftly avoids comment on a matter not directly within his power to control, Bunning makes a gratuitous statement on a matter that really is better left unsaid.

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