[Bunning is better at no-hitters than no-brainers — like his chances for a 3rd term.]

After hurrying his own political demise with a recent prediction that Justice Ruth Bader Ginzburg would be dead in 9 months from cancer, Kentucky Senator Jim Bunning is suddenly reluctant to predict anything else, even his chances for a 3rd term as a US senator.  Instead, he’s commissioning depressing polls and threatening to sue his own party if they support anyone else against him.  The’s Reid Wilson offers a Bunning politcal obituary appraisal here:

Amid the soap opera-like drama that has become Sen. Jim Bunning’s (R-Ky.) political future, the lawmaker has commissioned the first poll of his bid for a third term ” and he’s not releasing the results.

“It’s none of your godd—ed business,” Bunning told reporters on a morning conference call, when asked about the poll’s results. “If you paid the 20 grand for the poll, you can get some information out of it.”

Bunning’s polling during the 2004 race, when he won by just two points, was handled by prominent GOP number-cruncher Jan van Lohuizen, who later handled polling for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. That relationship ended poorly, according to sources, and now Bunning’s polling will be conducted by Dave Sackett, a partner at the Alexandria-based Tarrance Group.

A Bunning spokesman would not elaborate on the poll, and Sackett, traveling this week, did not immediately respond to an e-mail message.

Though Bunning has insisted he is running for another term, both his seatmate, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), and National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) Chairman John Cornyn (Texas) have angered Bunning by professing not to know his future plans. After Bunning called them out publicly, both McConnell and Cornyn backtracked and said they would support Bunning.