THE BLOG
03/11/2009 11:54 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Disclose This!

In case you haven't see it yet (via Jim Carroll of the Courier Journal, via TPM & Atlantic Politics) , Kentucky's Republican Senator Jim Bunning had a classic response when asked about an internal poll apparently co=== he had conducted an internal poll on his 2010 reelection bid:

"Let's say I did the polling," the senator told reporters on a conference call this morning.

What does that mean?

"That means it's none of your g--d--- business," Bunning said, who then followed up with a laugh. "If you paid the 20 grand for the poll, you can get some information out of it."

In fairness, Bunning is under no obligation, ethical or otherwise, to disclose the results of an internal poll. Results from internal campaign polling are typically not disclosed, although it is probably likely that Bunning would share good news if it helped bolster perceptions of his current standing. Bunning was ready with an answer:

Asked if people could infer he was not happy with the results, Bunning replied: "You are going to infer any damn thing you choose, so why should I try to influence it?...I'm not going to say a word. So you can only speculate."