“The night John McCain killed the GOP’s health-care fight“… “The bold move by the nation’s most famous senator stunned his colleagues…” I mean thanks for the vote and all, but fuck McCain and his drama queen theatrical bullshit that played with millions of lives for the sake of his ego. He even said “Wait for the show” and then sat around the chamber enjoying the attention and entertaining pleas from colleagues with even less integrity than himself. Fuck them and their craven avarice too.
Also fuck all the members of the press who play into covering literal life-and-death decisions with global historical implications like it’s the movies or sports beats. The real heroes (heroines!) are Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), who have consistently opposed their own party in pursuit of doing the right thing for Americans. And when they aren’t totally IGNORED for doing so, because consistency is less interesting than erratic, terrifying bullshit, they are disrespectfully described as having “joined with McCain to defeat the GOP health care plan.” NO, fuckwits, HE joined THEM. At the last second. When it befitted himself best.
But yeah, also praise to all for doing the right thing in the end. I just wish they didn’t have to be so shitty about it along the way.
Also, let’s not forget to thank every Democrat who also voted the right way, from the start and throughout. Most notably Sen. Mazie Hirono, who is herself fighting cancer.
FINALLY, yes, I am indeed grateful I have the luxury to be angry about a few showboating dicks instead of being angry and scared that I’ll be watching my friends die. But that is not an either/or that any of us should have to face.
Ultimately, my only congratulations today go to my beloved friends — and all the strangers across America I’ll never meet — who today can celebrate that their right to access health care continues. I see you, and I love you, and I am so grateful that you will be healthier and happier for longer. ❤
UPDATE, 9/23: If McCain gets all the credit for killing the GOP death panels AGAIN, I might hemorrhage. Even ruthless Rand Paul is on this iteration’s “nah” list, *in addition to* the two women who have been consistent (and consistently underappreciated) in this fight.
In this hilariously un-self-aware McCain-lauding piece, the author mentions all three of them, briefly, before returning to the narrative of how it’s all on McCain, and ol’ Mav’s mighty struggle to vote against his pal Graham:
“Since the entire Democratic caucus opposes the bill, dubbed Cassidy-Graham, Republican leaders can afford to lose only two GOP senators on it. McCain’s decision means the bill doesn’t appear to have the votes to pass. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has said he’s opposed to it, and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) has said she’s “leaning against” it. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), who voted against the last repeal bill, has also raised concerns with this one.”