Bunning: Ginsburg Likely Dead Soon
U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning guessed that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg would likely be dead from pancreatic cancer within nine months.
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.
It’s true that Ginsburg has pancreatic cancer. And, despite the fact that they caught it as early as possible by freakish coincidence, giving her more hope than most, Bunning’s right that the odds of long survival aren’t good. But, damn, this isn’t the sort of thing one touts in a stump speech.
To be sure, speculating on High Court vacancies is hardly unusual. But it’s usually a vague reference to the fact that a justice or two are geriatric and could reasonably be expected to retire soon.
UPDATE: Bunning has apologized:
I apologize if my comments offended Justice Ginsberg. That certainly was not my intent. It is great to see her back at the Supreme Court today and I hope she recovers quickly. My thoughts and prayers are with her and her family.
Taegan Goddard quips, “The statement did misspell Ginsburg’s name, however.” True. I do misspell it that way quite frequently myself, though, so will forgive him.