Health-care vote lays bare the divide between McCain and McConnell
Meaning. Mitch McConnell and John McCain have a fundamental difference in their approach to politics.
The Republican of Kentucky counts the success almost in its entirety through political victories, victories and losses measured better by elections every two years. Arizona’s Republican measure success in the dignity of the fight – a determination that sometimes influenced by his predilection for playing the “discontent” and the attention it brings.
During his decades of more than three decades in the Senate, this disparity has not appeared in recent days. On Tuesday, McCain was a conservative hero despised by the liberals as a hypocrite. Friday morning, he was back in the goodwill of the Liberals, the subject of a few grunts of Republicans and receive a sharp tweet President Trump, who earlier this week called him a “brave American hero!
The decisive vote for McCain after Monday noon on Friday to oppose McConnell, Trump and the vast majority of Senate Republicans in the effort to modernize the Affordable Care Act will help define his career. It was an encapsulation in less than 60 hours, the frequency at which it switches from a friend to an enemy.
First, after being diagnosed last week with an aggressive form of brain cancer, McCain flew to Washington on Tuesday to vote crucially allowing Senate Republicans to begin considering his bill. McConnell was thrilled as McCain made a 15-minute oratory on the back of the hall in his glory – a world in which, in his view, committees, not party leaders, craft bills and were standard bipartisms.
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McCain voted against health law
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), July 28 voted against the Republican health care bill. (United States Senate)
At 1:00 Friday, this heat against McCain became furious when he joined two other Republicans, Senators Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, to deny their attempt McConnell last barrier to keep up the effort to repeal Obamacare.
“It’s time to go,” said the majority leader after the defeat of the bill.
It was the most humiliating defeat of McConnell’s more than 32-year Senate legislation, especially since his ambition had been reduced to a limited bill that only served as a vehicle to open a new cycle of negotiations with House Republicans.
McCain issued a clear warning, in his speech Tuesday, that he was not very interested in making a victory for the Republicans.
“Sometimes he wanted to win to win to win that to achieve a disputed policy,” McCain told his colleagues, not even two weeks after the operation over his left eye, which revealed that brain tumor.
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A few minutes later, they are exhorted to join him in rejecting this approach, calling for more discoveries. “It is our responsibility to preserve, even if we have to do something less satisfying than” win, “he said. Even when we have to give a little to get a little. ”
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) To face the press on the Capitol hours before giving a decisive vote in the Republican health plan. (Cliff Owen / AP)
It is the largest division between McConnell, 75, and McCain, 80.
McConnell is a proud political boxer whose essence is defined by the number of Republican victories. Every decision in the 10 and a half years since he became the leader of his bench was designed to try to capture and maintain the majority in the Senate.
Their mantra over the past few weeks was that Republicans had to pass a rewrite of the 2010 Health Act, as they had voiced their conservative base voters who would, since Democrats have it adopted in a party vote. He would not be a political disaster and lead to deep republican losses in the upcoming elections.
But McCain’s personality is related to his expressions dignity in defeat, the will to break with his party and the desire to be seen as over politics as brutes of the moment.
As a Navy pilot, he was shot down over Vietnam, tortured and held in captivity for more than five years. The son of an admiral overseeing the Pacific Fleet, he was offered – and refused – early release before his fellow prisoners.