Well deserved in hindsight:
Citizen McCain offered an explanation that represents his foolishness, there is no other way to put it, in which he claimed that since Obamacare was passed without a Republican vote, it would be equally bad to repeal it without a Democrat vote. In other words, the Democrats foisted a bad plan upon us all, but McCain thinks that we must wait until the Democrat party wants to repeal that bad plan in order to repeal it?
That’s illogical, and foolish.
Just look at the manner in which he cast his vote: it was done to cast attention upon himself, and it stunned the body:
All of the Republican Senators had voted to repeal it and stated they would repeal it.
Dennis Prager said in his first hour today that McCain likely cast this vote selfishly because he’s venal and loathes Trump. That is in accord with his character. He holds personal grudges, which has diminished his stature.
His stature got smaller still last night.
Reminder: McCain passed along the now discredited “dossier” to the FBI. Smaller, and smaller still.
So reports Circa (and Sarah Carter has been correct about a lot in her reporting). Though with anonymous sources, this reporter has not been reckless in its use. We shall see. Sessions though may be starting to act:
FBI General Counsel James A. Baker is purportedly under a Department of Justice criminal investigation for allegedly leaking classified national security information to the media, according to multiple government officials close to the probe who spoke with Circa on the condition of anonymity.
Over at American Greatness, the hits keep coming (in a good way) and Angelo Codevilla has written a piece about congressional recovery:
While this is consistent with the Constitution’s words, “no money shall be drawn from the treasury but in consequence of appropriations made by law,” it wholly reverses their intent. Individual congressmen and senators are cut out of the legislative process. The voters can no longer hold each accountable. When Republican leaders make common cause with the Democratic Party against Republicans who won’t go along, whom they accuse of “shutting down the government,” they create a bipartisan ruling party. That makes both parties equally responsible, and ensures that changing your vote from D to R or R to D won’t make a difference.
Depressing. But that i where we are, and it is unlikely to change. The only way it may change is by the change in candidates and the wholesale turning out of the incumbents for representatives who understand what a healthy functioning Congress looks like.
That’s a tall order, but not impossible.
The Republicans have failed and failed miserably to do anything they promised before Donald Trump was elected:
According to Walker, Ryan urged lawmakers to remain upbeat. He told them, “We’ve got to stay focused on delivering the promises we made to the American people, even though we are frustrated with the Senate’s inability to get something done.”
Ryan did not criticize the Senate during a press conference Tuesday.
“It’s a hard process,” Ryan told reporters. “We are hopeful the Senate can take the pause it needs to take so we can take the next steps to get this done.”
If what is reported about Ryan is true, it does not match the action.
He goes further: “To give the impression that if Republicans were in control of the House and Senate, that we could do that when Obama was still in office . . . .” His voice trails off and he shakes his head. “I never believed it.”
He says he wasn’t the only one aware of the charade: “We sort of all got what was going on, that there was this disconnect in terms of communication, because no one wanted to take the time out in the general public to even think about ‘Wait a minute—that can’t happen.’ ” But, he adds, “if you’ve got that anger working for you, you’re gonna let it be.”
This is part of the reason we have Trump as president. Yet the elite establishment still does not get it. It is like they expect us to like being lied to, and accept the fate dealt to us.
As reported by Reuters in 2016, this is worth remembering as Clinton skates on her criminal behavior while in government:
Clinton Foundation officials last month declined to confirm the Qatar donation. In response to additional questions, a foundation spokesman, Brian Cookstra, this week said that it accepted the $1 million gift from Qatar, but this did not amount to a “material increase” in the Gulf country’s support for the charity. Cookstra declined to say whether Qatari officials received their requested meeting with Bill Clinton.