YOUNG CONS |During the vote on Friday on the ‘Skinny Repeal’ of Obamacare, it was expected that Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Sen Susan Collins would vote against it.
But what came as the surprising vote was the ‘no’ from Sen. John McCain.
While it was a surprise to many including his fellow GOP, it apparently wasn’t a surprise to some of the Democrats.
“Almost” being the key word, as it appears that a few top Democrats received advanced notice from McCain about how he intended to vote, at least according to the detailed play-by-play account of the late night event on the Senate floor by The Washington Post reporter Ed O’Keefe.
McCain had signaled earlier Thursday that he was leaning against repeal, but talks with fellow GOP senators and Vice President Mike Pence — brought in for an expected tie breaker vote — seemed to reassure everyone that he would ultimately be on board with the motion.
However, McCain refused to say one way or another how he planned to vote, telling reporters only to “Wait for the show,” and proceeded on to the Senate floor ahead of the vote
He let some know ahead of time.
It was then that the long-serving senator was spotted speaking with Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a conversation that left the Democrat leader smiling. Schumer later stated, “I knew it when he walked on the floor,” and revealed that McCain had called him earlier to let him know his plan.
McCain was also spotted talking with a group of Democrat senators that included Dianne Feinstein — from whom he received a warm hug — Dick Durbin and Elizabeth Warren, among others, and was seen giving anti-repeal Murkowski a wink and “thumbs down” gesture as she walked past him at one point.
Despite repeatedly claiming he wanted to repeal Obamacare.
Despite campaigning on repealing Obamacare.
Despite making that promise to the American people.
McCain has done ‘RINO’ things in the past, but this one really took the cake.
Leaving millions of Americans up a creek without a paddle.