Since 2AM Last Night

Since McCain switched his vote and killed the Obamacare Repeal effort,

Trump has encouraged police brutality:

The police have disavowed Trump’s remarks:

Priebus was fired or quit or some combination of that. And Scaramucci’s wife has made like Spicer and Preibus and has run for the hills.

At this point I am really hoping Trump goes golfing so we as a nation can get some damn sleep.

Preibus ‘Resigns’


So far the Inverse Trump Square Law is holding up well. Since Trump’s little victory on Tuesday of the Repeal debate vote passing, Trump has tweeted a transgender ban in the military to the military’s surprise, had the boy scouts apologize for his bizarre speech at their jamboree, had his director of communications go on an unhinged rant with a reporter for the New Yorker, had McCain go Maverick killing the Skinny Repeal Bill and hopes of getting Obamacare Repealed, and lost his chief of staff.

Just another typical week in an insane administration.

What McCain did was hard. What Murkowski and Collins did was much harder.

From Vox:

In the early-morning hours after Senate Republicans’ last-ditch attempt to repeal Obamacare failed, a common narrative began to emerge: that while three “no” votes from Republicans killed the bill, only Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) saved the day.

CNN called it “John McCain’s maverick moment.” The Washington Post described it as “The night John McCain killed the GOP’s health-care fight.”

To be sure, McCain’s vote against the bill was dramatic and decisive. He flew back to Washington from Arizona less than two weeks after he was diagnosed with brain cancer, after having surgery to remove a blood clot from above his eye. He made a sweeping speech about returning Senate procedure to a time of bipartisan, transparent cooperation. Then he proceeded to briefly horrify ACA proponents by voting yes on a motion to proceed vote, and yes again on the Republican Better Care Reconciliation Act.

So when McCain cast a performative last-minute vote against “skinny repeal,” it immediately overshadowed the two women Republican senators who did far more to halt Republicans’ reckless efforts to repeal Obamacare. Sens. Lisa Murkowski (AK) and Susan Collins (ME) repeatedly stood their ground against the three health bills their colleagues tried to ram through the Senate.

Murkowski and Collins were the only Republicans to vote against a motion to proceed with the health care bill debate. Both women cast votes against the Better Care Reconciliation Act, which could have led to 22 million more uninsured Americans. They both also voted against the Obamacare Reconciliation Act — repeal and delay — which could have led to 32 million more uninsured Americans.

McCain Finally Stepped Up

Holy shit. McCain killed the Skinny Repeal bill with a no. He didn’t do it alone, Murkowski and Collins have been a solid no throughout this but nobody really knew what McCain was going to do.

Looking forward to Trump’s tweetstorm in 6 hours. For reference, three days ago:

Skinny Repeal

So, the GOP is about to attempt to push a bill through the Senate that they don’t want to pass the House because it will wreak havoc with the health insurance markets. Wow. Just wow.