The Senate seat that's now up for grabs in Massachusetts, with a special election set for Jan. 19, is called "the Kennedy seat," and with good reason: Since 1952, or for 57 years, the seat has been occupied by only three people: John F. Kennedy; the brief appointment of JFK's college roommate (seriously); and then Ted Kennedy, and in fact a possible frontrunner for the job is Ted Kennedy's nephew, ex-U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy.
That's interesting, but what about "the slightly loony, right-wing former-pitcher-for-the-Philadelphia-Phillies seat"? That's been a D.C. tradition ever since 1998 when Kentucky voters, in their infinite wisdom, promoted then-Rep. Jim Bunning to the senior circuit in Congress. Bunning pitched a legendary perfect game on Father's Day for the Phillies as the ace of their staff in 1964, but his Senate career has been, um, less than perfect. In some Mark Sanford foreshadowing, he once disappeared from the job for a week, he seemed a tad enthusisatic in prematurely predicting the death of liberal Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, and Time magazine, in calling Bunning one of our five worst senators (no small achievement!), said the Hall of Famer "shows little interest in policy unless it involves baseball." Recently, Bunning announced he won't run for a third term in 2010 -- which was a blow to Attytood, since it would have deprived me of the ability to blog about right-wing looniness and the Phillies in the same post, saving considerable time.