Well, it’s official: what happened to Julius Caesar is no longer the most nefarious backstabbing ever performed by Senators. After seven years of voting for repeals of Obamacare that they knew would be blocked by a Democratic Senate or vetoed by Obama, Republicans promised voters that they would undo this terrible law that was rammed down our throats if they only had the power. So voters gave them first the House…then the Senate…then the White House. More than any other issue, getting rid of Obamacare fueled the rise of the Tea Party and propelled the Republicans into absolute power. Now, their voters must be wondering why they even bothered.
Last night, in the dead of night, three Republicans (John McCain, Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins) voted against the last-ditch bill to repeal and replace, leaving the massive Obamacare boondoggle in place. Proving that somehow, some Republicans are always able to find a way to capitulate to the left even when losing is virtually impossible.
It’s certainly arguable that the bill before them wasn’t perfect. But it wasn’t going to be the final bill. Whatever they passed would have then gone into negotiations with the House. Now, one of the worst pieces of legislation ever passed will stand as the “law of the land” (it only edged above 50% support after months of Democrats falsely claiming that any replacement would make millions of people die – meaning that about half of Americans think it’s slightly preferable to mass death.)
After the deep-night betrayal, Senate “Majority” Leader Mitch McConnell said it’s now time to reach across the aisle and work with the Democrats to see what they can contribute. We already know their plan: pour more tax money down the rat hole of the unsustainable Obamacare system until it collapses and we all get Charlie Gard-style national health care. Not that they’ll admit it: an amendment endorsing single payer was put up last night and got not a single vote because Democrats thought it was a trap. Most just voted “present.” They know better than to go on record as being in favor of things they’re actually in favor of.
W. James Antell III put it perfectly in the Washington Examiner when he wrote that last night, Senate Republicans repealed the Tea Party. But I have a feeling the Tea Party won’t take being repealed lying down. Expect some noodle-kneed Republican Senators to face major primary challenges. Also look for petitions to repeal the 17th amendment and let state legislatures go back to electing Senators, the way the Founders intended. I’m disgusted enough that I might sign one of those myself.
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