Bunning Threatens to Resign Early and Give Dems 60 Senate Seats If GOP Doesn't Back Off

03/30/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Sen. Jim Bunning (R-KY) is a first-rate crack pot (recall here, here and here), but his insanity might hasten the speed at which Democrats take back this Senate seat and reach that magical number of 60, per the latest installment from the Louisville Courier-Journal:

The Kentucky Republican suggested that possible scenario at a campaign fundraiser for him on Capitol Hill earlier this week, according to three sources who asked not to be identified because of the politically sensitive nature of Bunning’s remarks.

The implication, they said, was that Bunning would allow Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, a Democrat, to appoint his replacement — a move that could give Democrats the 60 votes they need to block Republican filibusters in the Senate.

“I would get the last laugh. Don’t forget Kentucky has a Democrat governor,” one of the sources quoted Bunning as saying.

“The only logical extension of that comment is, ‘(Make me mad) … enough and I’ll resign, and then you’ve got 60 Democrats,’ ” said another source who was present at the event.

Let's hope Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and NRSC Chairman John Cornyn (R-TX) keep provoking Bunning.

Update (8:12 pm ET): Bunning now says everyone is lying:

Bunning insists he's going to run for reelection and says that the sources are "lying."

"It's not true," Bunning said in a statement. "I intend to fulfill my obligation to the people of Kentucky. If you are going to write something like this, you'd better make your sources known because they are lying."

Mark Nickolas is the Managing Editor of Political Base, and this story was from his original post, "Bunning Threatens To Resign Early And Let Dem Have 60 Seats If GOP Doesn't Back Off."