Bad Tempers

Sen. Jim Bunning Throws Tantrum

Word of advice to the fragile: Don’t ask Senator Jim Bunning (R-KY) about his decision Monday to block a vote on a bill that would extend unemployment benefits and health insurance to laid-off workers. The senator threw a bit of a tantrum when a reporter for ABC News asked him about the move, allegedly flipping him the bird, and then insisting, once the cameras arrived, that “This is a senators-only elevator.” Bunning's move will put 2,000 federal workers on unpaid leave starting today, while federal reimbursements to states for transportation projects will also be halted. Medicare reimbursements to physicians will also be cut 20 percent.