There’s plenty of analysis out there about the why of Senator John McCain’s vote Tuesday afternoon, a vote that ended up being the deciding factor in advancing debate for the GOP plan to repeal Obamacare. I have no intention of going over it again here, because frankly, it pisses me off, as you can tell by the headline you clicked on.
Instead, I’m gonna do a breakdown of where they’re at right now in the process, and then we can sit back together and read what Twitter thinks of the “Maverick” now that America’s done slobbering all over him for being “brave” and “cancer-stricken, but still a Republican asshole.”
First of all: Tuesday’s vote did not repeal Obamacare. What it actually did was open up debate for the bill and allow votes on amendments and versions and all kinds of procedural nonsense the Republicans like to do when they know America hates what they’re about to do.
For example, since the vote McCain participated in, they’ve already voted on another bill called the Better Care Reconciliation Act that senators Ted Cruz and Rob Portman put a couple of bullshit amendments into, but that failed, since it hadn’t been scored by the CBO yet, and therefore would have needed 60 votes. Not that it was even close — all the Democrats and nine Republicans voted against it.
Next up: A vote on a full repeal without a replacement, which will also fail. What they’ll probably end up with, in fact, is what they’re calling a “skinny repeal” — a not-quite-complete repeal of the ACA that just gets rid of the stuff that Republicans really hate the most about it (other than that it was signed by a black guy; they haven’t figured out how to repeal that part yet).
Sick of all that yet? Ready for tweets? Okay, here we go:
Pundit: Say what you will about John McCain,
Me: WAAAAY ahead of you
— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) July 26, 2017
You’re only a hero until the moment you become a villain Senator McCain #ACARepeal
— Kirsten (@RegardsKiKi) July 26, 2017
Yall after u prayed for McCain’s health and he voted to take everyone’s away pic.twitter.com/18nTCWQ7DT
— best of the west (@love_sayooo) July 26, 2017
Re: McCain pic.twitter.com/pZm1x6O8Dy
— KB (@kbreezin) July 26, 2017
BTW John McCain voted for the BCRA today as well so anyone who said he would vote no after the motion to proceed can eat my entire ass
— Applebee’s Destroyer (@TheSchwall) July 26, 2017
McCain was born an American, but he will die a Republican
— David Childers Photo (@DChildersPhoto) July 26, 2017
john mccain: we need to be bipartisan
also john mccain: *votes with trump 90% of the time*
— Seth Short (@Checherbud) July 26, 2017
I don’t care that he was a POW. I don’t care that he has cancer. I don’t care that he gave a speech.
Today, John McCain voted like a coward
— David Slack (@slack2thefuture) July 26, 2017
SO WHAT if John McCain took healthcare from the poor after he needed healthcare. If the poor want healthcare, they should become Senators!
— Top Conservative Cat (@TeaPartyCat) July 26, 2017
I merely wish McCain the same health that a single black mom would have if she were diagnosed with an incurable cancer once the ACA is gone.
— kara vallow (@teenagesleuth) July 26, 2017
┳┻| _ Hi, I’m John McCain
┻┳| •.•) I came back to the Senate
┳┻|⊂ﾉ to help the GOP kill you
— Frederick Douglass (@HITEXECUTIVE) July 25, 2017
whatever mean things you have to say about john mccain, you gotta admit: he’s an incredible piece of shit who sucks
— jon hendren (@fart) July 25, 2017
I take back anything nice I’ve ever said about McCain.
— natalie (@nadaweee) July 26, 2017
Everybody feel better now?
Because I think I’m gonna go throw up.
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