Classless, Callous, and Stupid

Okay, Sen. Jim Bunning, Republican from Kentucky, takes the gold medal for Most Classless Remark of the week, month, and probably year. At a Republican dinner event over the weekend, he told the assembled guests that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg would be dead within the year:

During a wide-ranging 30-minute speech on Saturday at the Hardin County Republican Party’s Lincoln Day Dinner, Bunning said he supports conservative judges “and that’s going to be in place very shortly because Ruth Bader Ginsburg … has cancer.”

“Bad cancer. The kind that you don’t get better from,” he told a crowd of about 100 at the old State Theater.

“Even though she was operated on, usually, nine months is the longest that anybody would live after (being diagnosed) with pancreatic cancer,” he said.

Steve Benen:

There are a few angles to this. First, Bunning — whose background is in professional baseball, not medicine — doesn’t really know what he’s talking about. Ginsburg’s cancer was caught early and she had surgery to remove a small tumor that had not spread. It’s obviously a serious, life-threatening matter, but the American Cancer Society notes that “people diagnosed with Stage 1 pancreatic cancer have between a 21 and 37 percent chance of living for more than five years with the disease.”

Second, shouldn’t Bunning, when speaking publicly, show a little more respect? Predicting the death of a Supreme Court justice, in the context of judicial politics, doesn’t exactly scream “class.”

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