At the risk of sounding like a Pollyanna, I'm going to say the same thing about Sen. Jim Bunning's endorsement of gubernatorial candidate Rep. Anne Northup as I said about Northup's candidacy per se: namely, it's not bad, it's good for the Fletcher campaign--if it is handled right by Fletcher.
How often does a sitting governor get to run against the establishment?
Gov. Fletcher now has the opportunity to run against his own party's establishment (Northup, Bunning, McConnell) at a time when there is an anti-establishment sentiment among the electorate.
Should someone in the Fletcher campaign try to get Hal Rogers and the rest of Kentucky's congressional delegation to endorse Northup?
It's a thought.
If Northup's line-up includes only Washington big shots and Fletcher continues lining up state legislators and county judge-executives, Fletcher can portray his race as grass roots Kentucky vs. the Washington big shots (and the former Washington big shots, a.k.a. Northup)
Finally, Ernie Fletcher is getting good breaks. Ironically, they're coming in the form of bad news.