In another red-letter day for the world’s greatest deliberative body, Sen. Jim Bunning, R-Ky., reportedly flipped the middle finger to a reporter who kept asking him about his blockage of a bill that, among other things, today resulted in the furlough of about 2,000 Transportation Department employees. According to ABC News’ Jonathan Karl:
“Excuse me! This is a Senators only elevator!” Bunning thundered.
I tried again to ask his reasons for blocking the bill, Bunning said he already explained his reasons last Thursday, when he said he wanted the $10 billion cost of the bill to be paid for, rather than simply adding to the national debt.
“Excuse me!” he yelled. “I’ve got to go to the floor!”
As the doors closed, I asked Bunning if he is concerned about those losing their benefits.
He did not answer. This is all on-camera.
Senator Bunning was even more expressive before the cameras arrived, using a little sign language.
When Senate producer Z. Byron Wolf spotted Bunning exiting his office, Bunning said, “I’m not talking to anybody.” When Wolf asked him to stay and talk to our cameras, Bunning walked toward the elevator and shot the middle finger over his head.
Bunning is on fire lately. On Thursday he hollered out “tough s**t” after Democrats objected to his efforts to block the bill, which also would have extended COBRA benefits and unemployment insurance, and complained that the debate caused him to miss the Kentucky-South Carolina basketball game.
Here’s video of ABC’s encounter with Bunning. Sadly, they didn’t capture him shooting the middle finger.