Playing the Blame Game (5/7/09)
No one should question Senator Jim Bunning's patriotism or his past achievements. He's not a bad guy. But at this point, he is a bad politician.
I mentioned a few weeks ago that he needlessly insulted a group of Kentucky broadcasters when they went to see him in April. I guess he blames the media for the decline of his popularity.
Then, a few days later, he refused to speak with one of Fox 41's reporters, apparently blaming me for pointing out his rudeness.
Now he's playing the blame game with Mitch McConnell - who has always referred to Mr. Bunning as his best friend in the Senate. He's mad Senator McConnell has suggested he hang up his cleats without really asking himself if McConnell just might be right.
Unfortunately, in blaming just about everyone for his current political woes except himself, Mr. Bunning fails to see the real problem.
Cicero once said, "It is the peculiar quality of a fool to perceive the faults of others and to forget his own."
Mr. McConnell's responsibility is to serve his constituents and his party - not to help a friend hang onto his office. Especially when that friend is clearly no longer a viable candidate. And while Senator Bunning may not like what he's hearing, right now he'd do well to listen to his critics instead of simply dismissing them as disloyal traitors.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my...Point of View.