Jim Bunning Blocks More Obama Nominees
... over Canadian tobacco-flavoring law
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 16, 2010 7:15 PM CDT
Updated Mar 17, 2010 4:25 AM CDT

(Newser) – Jim Bunning’s latest parliamentary maneuvering isn’t going to get in the way of anyone’s unemployment benefits, but might strike some as silly all the same: The Republican senator is blocking two minor Obama administration nominees to protest a Canadian law banning tobacco flavorings. And while the issue is important in Bunning’s native Kentucky, it’s adding a backlog of unconfirmed nominees longer than President Bush’s was at this same point, the Huffington Post notes.

“This is a perversion of the filibuster and a perversion of the role of the Senate,” Minnesota Democrat Al Franken thundered today. “It used to be that the filibuster was reserved for matters of great principle.”