There are a few things political types may want to avoid, if at all possible – like, say, predicting the imminent death of a Supreme Court Justice. Things like that tend not to go over well.
But just in case you slip up and do it anyway, always know the best next course of action is to issue a quick, heartfelt apology.
Perhaps that was the intent of Kentucky Sen. Jim Bunning, who apologized this afternoon for a speech he gave over the weekend in which he gave Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg no more than nine months to live. In case you weren’t sure, Bunning is not a doctor.
As readers of this blog or of just about other news outlet know, Ginsburg underwent pancreatic cancer surgery almost three weeks ago. But luckily, tumor was found early enough to give her a much better prognosis that most cancer patients, who often find the illness only after it has spread.
Anyway, today Ginsburg returned to the bench as spry as ever, just as word of Bunning’s comments hit he newsstands.
And today Bunning issued an apology.
“I apologize if my comments offended Justice Ginsberg,” the statement released by his Senate office read. “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.”
Senator, FYI, her name is Ginsburg.