Momentum was growing Monday afternoon on social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook to roast GOP Sen. Jim Bunning (Ky.) for his decision to filibuster an extension of unemployment benefits that enjoyed bipartisan support.
On Twitter, the barbs were usually framed as clever quips, all fewer than 140 characters, portraying Bunning as a villainous character unsympathetic to the plight of the unemployed.
One frequently re-tweeted message reads, "I wonder if Bunning is going to get a nap tonight. He's sleeping on a pillow of shredded unemployment checks."
Another suggests, "Local supermarkets should start renaming Ramen noodles 'Bunning Soup.'"
By 7 p.m. Monday night, "Sen. Jim Bunning" was ranked the #8 most popular (or unpopular, depending on how you look at it) topic in America among Twitter's tens of millions of daily users. In the time it took to write this, he had moved up to #7.
It appeared the frustration was expanding beyond the web and into Bunning's Senate office. A 6:45 p.m. call to Bunning's main office telephone line resulted in a voice mail message informing the caller that, "The mailbox belonging to Sen. Jim Bunning is full. Goodbye."