I stated once before that one of my college alma mater’s coaches had a “24-hour rule”. You had 24 hours to revel in a victory or sulk in defeat.
Yesterday, July 28, we went from one to the other in a matter of one vote. When Senator John McCain (R-AZ), cast the 51st vote to defeat the “Skinny Repeal”, the last effort by the Senate GOP to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
What is odd is that his vote that Tuesday was what allowed the debate to start. If he was opposed to repeal, why bring the bill to the floor? Twitter has been wondering this as well. I have my own answer.
Senator McCain is trying to leave a legacy, in my opinion. He was diagnosed with brain cancer and may want the image of him looking Mitch McConnell in the eye, and giving the “Skinny Repeal” the “Thumbs Down” to be how he is remembered. For a lot of people, it will work. For folks that can remember more than the last 15 minutes, it won’t.