Here is the audio courtesy of Media Matters:
Limbaugh said, “C’mon, everybody knows these unemployment benefits are going to be extended. It’s going to get done. This is how the Democrats play the game, trying to make it look like Bunning doesn’t care. What Bunning knows is that this country is fit to be tied over this out of control spending. Jim Bunning knows that there is more anger in this country over spending then there is over any other issue. There is more anger over spending, and the economy, and the lack of jobs, and Jim Bunning is a hero here for trying to get the Senate to abide by their pay go rules.”
The right wing just doesn’t get it. Every day where a person loses their benefits is another day when Republicans lose more of the ground that they gained heading into the 2010 elections. Bunning filibuster is a publicity nightmare for Republicans, because it makes them look like they don’t care about how much people are hurting during this recession.
The Democrats aren’t making Bunning look he doesn’t care. Jim Bunning is making it look like he doesn’t care. Limbaugh and the wingers are greatly overestimating how much weight the spending issue carries with voters. Plus, they have little credibility on the issue after they spent most of the Bush years spending money like it was going out of style. I didn’t hear Limbaugh or anybody on the GOP side talking about pay as you go rules then.
The Republican Party is once again demonstrating their ability to shoot themselves in the foot at any given time. Bunning’s filibuster appeals to right wingers and Republican primary voters, but to the rest of America, Bunning is making his party look cold, unsympathetic, and out of touch with those who through no fault of their own have lost their jobs during these hard times. For the life of me, I can’t understand the mindset of any group of people that would laud a man for hurting the people that he was elected to represent. Bunning is being cold, heartless, cruel and anything but heroic.