Old Filibustering Jim, Sen. Jim Bunning, one of the more whacky Republican members of the Senate, is back conducting his infamous one-man filibusters. This time instead of blocking unemployment benefits for millions of laid-off workers, he's now blocking nominations in the Senate, because of a law passed in Canada. That independent country, north of the border, has ticked old Jim off, because that country's Parliament passed an anti- smoking law that he doesn't like.
Senator Cornball is blocking the confirmation of two trade nominees, because, according to an aide, the US Trade Representative hasn’t done enough to defend Bunning’s home state of Kentucky against a Canadian anti-smoking ban, that the Senator says, “unfairly discriminates against Kentucky-grown tobacco.” The senator said today, he has seen no progress in his talks with the U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk about Canada’s policy, and until he does, he won't release his hold on the nominations. (Wall Street Journal)
Well talking about representing special interest! The only good thing about Senator Bunning is that he has promised to retire at the end of this term. The bad thing is that the term ends in January, months from now.