05/03/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Meet Ebenezer Bunning

One senator stood alone in effort to stop a measure that would cover those whose unemployment benefits have expired. That senator is a former major league baseball player, and Republican from Kentucky. His name is Jim Bunning -- call him "Ebenezer Bunning."

One might call Sen. Bunning's actions those of a "fiscal conservative," at least, he'd like to think so.

Is the Senate now where pitchers go to retire?

Another nagging question remains. Since Jim Bunning is so concerned about where the Senate is going to find another $10 billion for extending unemployment benefits to nearly half a million whose benefits have already ended, how can he justify the appropriation of more than $30 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan?