Senator John McCain cast the deciding vote in the Senate’s rejection of its own last ditch effort to get rid of Obamacare. He gave a clear thumbs down.
My favorite part of the picture above is not McCain but that fellow standing there with his arms crossed. It is Mitch McConnell! He clearly is attempting to use his small vestige of influence to intimidate McCain. And to my great delight, McCain ignores him.
McConnell, who bragged not long ago that we would now be seeing that the Republicans know how to run a government, has proven himself nearly devoid of leadership status in the Senate. His incompetence in handling the healthcare issue is matched or beaten only by the incredible incompetence in the White House.
The completely bizarre, irrational rush to get something/anything passed was meant to cover the fact that the Republicans, having complained about Obamacare all these years, do not have a clue how to come up with a better idea.
It is completely irresponsible of the Republicans to promise “repeal and replace” without having done anything at all to prepare to fulfill that promise. They must not be forgiven unless and until they show deep signs of what the New Testament calls metanoia, a Greek word meaning literally “a change of mind or of one’s way of thinking.” It is usually translated “repentance.”
Having now humiliated themselves, the Republicans must repent of their foolishness and begin to grow up, to mature into people of knowledge, understanding, and wisdom. At the moment, it looks like they have less than a handful of Republicans who can show them the way. So it seems they may well be lost.