John McCain has made a career out of stabbing Republicans in the back.
The media worships him for it and conservatives loath him.
But his final act of treachery was so shocking that even his own allies couldn’t believe it.
Senate Republicans thought they had settled on a plan to repeal Obamacare.
The upper chamber would pass a “skinny” repeal bill eliminating the individual and employer mandates as well as the medical device tax.
It would have set up a conference committee with the House where the chance for a clean repeal still existed.
Even ardent Obamacare opponent Rand Paul – who opposed previous leadership on the Obamacare-lite bills – voted for the measure.
The plan looked like it was going to pass until Arizona Senator John McCain dramatically provided the third and final GOP “no” vote to kill the Republicans seven-year quest to repeal Obamacare.
Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence both spoke with McCain and tried to convince him to vote “yes” so the GOP could press forward with a repeal effort.
But that was all for naught.
McCain exposed himself as a serial liar – he repeatedly voted to repeal Obamacare when Barack Obama was President – and as someone whose main purpose in life is to knife his own voters in the back to win cheering headlines from liberal journalists.
“Paul Ryan couldn’t persuade him. Neither could Mike Pence. And in the end, President Donald Trump couldn’t reel in John McCain either.
The president made a last-ditch effort, calling the Arizona senator and key holdout on the GOP’s Obamacare repeal measure, as the bill’s fate hung in the balance, according to two sources familiar with the conversation. After Pence had spent about 20 minutes working McCain, the senator went off the floor to speak with Trump by phone, those sources said.
Whatever the men said, it didn’t work. Shortly before 1:30 a.m. Friday, McCain strode to the well of the Senate, and gestured his hand downward to vote “no.” Stunned gasps echoed throughout the chamber.
“I thought it was the right vote,” McCain told reporters as he left the Capitol. “I do my job as a senator.”
McCain capped off the betrayal of his President, his party, and his country by celebrating with Democrats.
Politico also reports:
“Let’s get this over with,” McCain told the cluster of Democrats, according to senators. “I really want to do NDAA.”
McCain embraced Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.). Democrats pressed him about Collins and Murkowski: Where would they land? McCain said he couldn’t speak for them.
Nonetheless, Democrats were elate.”
Trump tweeted out his disappointment with McCain and the other Republicans who – at the moment of truth – revealed themselves as Obama loyalists dedicated to preserving his legacy.
3 Republicans and 48 Democrats let the American people down. As I said from the beginning, let ObamaCare implode, then deal. Watch!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 28, 2017
John McCain will have a lot to answer for.
His career in government was dedicated to shredding the Constitution and pushing for policies that harmed America.
And now his capstone is entrenching the Obamacare debacle in place.