Yesterday, Vice President Joe Biden criticized Bunning while speaking at a stimulus construction site.
This morning, the e-mails are flying from the Democratic National Committee press office and Democratic members of Congress, condemning Bunning's stance as costly to the already-suffering ranks of the unemployed.
No less than 15 anti-Bunning news stories have been e-mailed out by the DNC's messaging shop today alone, ranging from a Tennesean.com story about road projects in Tennessee being delayed by Bunning's opposition to a Lexington Herald-Leader op-ed about Bunning's "callous grandstanding" to a Wall Street Journal piece about the "new level of gridlock" Bunning has brought to Congress.
Democrats of all stripes are getting in on session of Bunning-bashing: Rep. Raul Grijalva (AZ), a leader of House Democrats' liberal wing as a co-chairman of the House Progressive Caucus, blasted the Kentucky senator's stance as an "insult to the notion of public service" in a press release; Rep. Scott Murphy of upstate New York, one of the caucus's centrists--one who opposed the House health care bill--said Bunning's actions "exactly why Washington has earned its well-deserved reputation as a haven for partisan gridlock."
Just as the Democratic message machine amped up Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) earlier this month when it came to light that he had placed a blanket hold on administration nominees to demand home-state earmarks, Democrats are milking Bunning's jobs-bill opposition for all the political advantage it's worth.
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