It goes without saying that as a liberal, I don’t always agree with Arizona Senator John McCain. However, I will give him some credit — during his career in the Senate, he’s usually acted more sane than most within his party and hasn’t been afraid (at times) to call out the antics of his fellow conservatives.
Which he did once again by saying Republicans “did the American people a great disservice” by misleading them about defunding, delaying or repealing “Obamacare.”
Senator McCain said:
“To think that we are going to repeal Obamacare, which would have required 67 Republican votes, of course, was a false premise, and I think did the American people a great disservice by convincing them that somehow we could.”
Which is exactly right. Individuals like Ted Cruz and Rand Paul got tea party Republicans (and conservatives in general) up in this wild frenzy at the thought that at the end of the day they could repeal, delay or defund “Obamacare.” They did such a masterful job at this that millions of Republican voters at this very moment believe they’ll be successful.
But they won’t. Most Republicans know this and John McCain flat out said so.
Anyone with any common sense knows this has absolutely no chance at being successful, yet here we are with the government still closed and Republicans claiming this is the fault of President Obama and Democrats.
Yet, Speaker of the House Boehner continues to prevent the House from voting on a clean version of the Senate’s resolution.
And if this is “Obama’s shutdown,” as many Republicans continue to try to perpetuate, why is it that quite a few Republicans have publicly called out their own party for pushing this “strategy” knowing that it will never work?
Which, as McCain said, did a complete disservice to the American people. Because now Republicans (specifically House Republicans) don’t know what the heck to do. They’re in a no-win situation and at this point are acting more out of desperate pride than common sense. But then again, they rarely act with any sort of common sense to begin with.
They sold a plan to their voters which had no chance at being successful, and now that they’re neck deep in that plan, their only way out is to either drive our nation into the ground or basically admit that they’ve been full of crap since day one.
But as the shutdown continues, and as the debt ceiling nears, more Republicans like Senator McCain will continue to step forward and speak out against the antics of their own party.