While Jon Stewart seemed optimistic about the progress made by last week's health care summit, the media's overall consensus was that nothing had been accomplished. But as he pointed out last night, it wasn't the only issue bogged down by Republican opposition. Stewart took on Kentucky Senator Jim Bunning, mocking his repeated objections to a bill that would extend unemployment benefits for 30 days.
Making Bunning out to be a villain who'll obstruct anything from legislation to birthday pizza, Stewart noted that in the Senate it often takes 60 votes to get anything done, but "sometimes in the Senate it only takes one person to cock the whole thing up." How draining were Bunning's nine objections? Toward the end, Al Franken began to look like a broken down old man.
Stewart acknowledged that despite the Democrats' hopes that he'd get sleepy, Bunning was willing to stay up as long as necessary -- even if it meant missing the basketball game he'd planned on watching. Stewart summed up his ridiculousness: "You see that's the difference between Jim Bunning's pain and the pain of the unemployed. Jim Bunning's pain can be fixed by a Tivo."
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