Calvin Freiburger reports this week, after months of failure on various convoluted replacement plans, seven Senate Republicans voted against a straight repeal of Obamacare without a replacement (six of whom had voted yes on the same legislation when Barack Obama was president). Then three Republicans voted againsta so-called “skinny repeal” bill that eliminated a few of Obamacare’s most hated provisions (but was intended to be further revised in House-Senate conference, not take effect as-is).
Among both groups of GOP turncoats was John McCain, Arizona Senator and 2008 presidential nominee. I don’t care about his vote against skinny repeal as it was a convoluted scheme that probably wouldn’t have worked anyway, but to torpedo clean repeal was nothing short of a disgrace. On one level it was to be expected since the mainstream media’s favorite Republican didn’t get the nickname “Maverick” for nothing, but it’s still outrageous given how for the better part of the last decade, McCain campaigned on eliminating Obamacare as aggressively as anyone.
Herman Cain’s website has compiled a series of videos spanning the past eight years. They include campaign ads, media appearances, and other public statements demonstrating that McCain railed against Obamacare fiercely and consistently, expressly pledging to the American people that if they rewarded him with continued public office, he would return the favor by doing all he could to undo Barack Obama’s assault on American healthcare.
Check out a few of the videos below (with more on Cain’s site):
“We will repeal and replace Obamacare” was the biggest applause line in the first video. “That’s why this election matters,” the announcer in the third video declares. Fast-forward to today, and it looks like that was a lie. That election didn’t matter after all.
Alongside these (and more) clips, HermanCain.com’s Robert Laurie reads Maverick the riot act:
Last night we saw, for the umpteenth time, exactly who and what John McCain really is. He’s a turncoat, an opportunist, and a promise-peddling glory hound. He’s a man who’s never met a camera he didn’t like, and who will trash his alleged principles at the drop of a hat – if it furthers his own greater glories and protects his seemingly endless career.
Statist Democrats, who once upon a time wanted McCain’s scalp because he was the worst of the Keating Five, are praising him as a hero.
I’m also seeing a lot of “you can’t be too hard on the guy, he has cancer” comments. Sorry, but no. I’ve known lots of people with cancer. My grandmother, my mother, my boss; the list goes on and on. I’m sorry that Senator McCain has health issues. I genuinely am. However, that’s a separate matter. Poor health doesn’t grant you a free pass when you urinate on the Constitution, your constituents, and 8 years of political promises.
Amen. I don’t have much to add to that, other than a couple points. First, this Obamacare repeal debacle is the culmination of the “big tent” theory of Republican politics. The RNC, NRSC, and congressional GOP leadership never cared about the quality of the people winning Republican primaries, deciding that any disagreement was fine as long as every Republican agreed on some undefined big picture. Fast-forward to now, and surprise! It turns out liberal Republicans didn’t agree on the big picture either.
Second, I’ve never been as gung-ho about mandating term limits as other conservatives, since it wouldn’t address the root cause of why we send lousy politicians to Washington in the first place. But this mess has me coming around. Enough is enough — we need these people out of office.