Bunning ‘apologizes’

BUNNING ‘APOLOGIZES’…. We talked earlier about Sen. Jim Bunning’s (R-Ken.) medical diagnosis of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The good news is, Bunning apologized this afternoon. The bad news is, his apology left much to be desired.

“I apologize if my comments offended Justice Ginsberg [sic],” Bunning said. “That certainly was not my intent. It is great to see her back at the Supreme Court today and I hope she recovers quickly. My thoughts and prayers are with her and her family.”

First, if you’re going to apologize for predicting a Supreme Court justice’s death, please try to spell her name correctly.

Second, the point isn’t that Bunning “offended” Ginsburg. In fact, as far as I can tell, the high court justice hasn’t said anything about this. The reason the senator’s comments became newsworthy is that he gave a stump speech about Ginsburg dying, delivering remarks that were wrong, crass, and insensitive. That he doesn’t understand that suggests his “apology” doesn’t mean much.

Josh Marshall concluded, “Most people who do rotten things have redeeming qualities if you look hard enough. Then there are the really low and vile characters like Sen. Jim Bunning (R-KY)…. Truly a rotten person. No wonder his own party is trying to find someone to run against him.”

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.