Sleeping With The Enemy
On Wednesday, Senator John McCain, back from his brain cancer treatments and vacation, criticizing Trump’s DACA decision and tweeting a link to a highlighted letter to the editor at The Washington Post. In the article, liberal Republican Olympia Snowe calls for a return to “regular order” with “true deliberation” for “comity” and bridge-building “bipartisanship”.
Comity is what they expect with Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi who will not allow Obamacare to be repealed and replaced [hope for Single Payer], want heavy regulations, no wall, open borders, amnesty, and progressive taxation. These two just spent eight years cheering on Barack Obama every time he violated the Constitution while McCain sat on his thumbs or supported Obama.
It’s regular order when Republicans are in the majority and a dictatorship when Democrats are the majority.
The McConnell-Ryan spending bill continues Obama’s agenda and McCain supports it.
That isn’t a surprise. In June, McCain was asked if the country stood on sturdier ground under former President Obama’s leadership, McCain said “yes,” according to the report.
“As far as American leadership is concerned, yes,” said McCain, though he vocally criticized many of the Obama administration’s foreign policy decisions.
Congress will return from its August recess on Sept. 7 with a lot on their plate. They have to pass a 2018 fiscal budget to avoid a government shutdown because not shutting down the government gives them an out on every item they cave on; raise the debt ceiling limit and provide disaster relief for the victims of Hurricane Harvey.
The GOP-majority in Congress will allegedly forge a tax code bill and potentially make another attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), NBC News reports.
In an August 31st op-ed, McCain asserted that his colleagues would have to approach these agenda items with “mutual respect”.
The Art of Trump Bashing
The Arizona senator then bashed Trump in the op-ed, describing him as “a president who has no experience of public office, is often poorly informed and can be impulsive in his speech and conduct.”
“We must, where we can, cooperate with [Trump],” McCain continued. “But we are not his subordinates. We don’t answer to him. We answer to the American people. We must be diligent in discharging our responsibility to serve as a check on his power. And we should value our identity as members of Congress more than our partisan affiliation.”
The fact is that President Trump is not ideologically-driven and is a pragmatist. He ran on those agenda items Republicans, including McCain, said they believed in, except for the wall.
If McCain really wanted to answer to his voters, he would have voted for the “skinny” repeal and replace bill but he chose to get even with Trump and grandstand with his Democrat friends who gushed over him.
“We’re not getting much done apart,” McCain said after the Obamacare vote, according to Business Insider. “I don’t think any of us feels very proud of our incapacity. Merely preventing your political opponents from doing what they want isn’t the most inspiring work.”
If Mitch McConnell would ditch the filibuster as Democrats said they will do once back in the majority, everything would get done.
McCain’s Values Are the Same As Leftist’s Heather Heyer’s?
In the same op-ed, McCain wrote about the white nationalist rally that had escalated into violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. Rightfully, he demonized the KKK and Neo-Nazis who marched in the rally that turned deadly when an alleged Neo-Nazi rammed his car into throngs of counter-protesters, including Antifa and Black Lives Matter.
McCain then wrote: “Most of us share Heather Heyer’s values, not the depravity of the man who took her life… Our shared values define us more than our differences,” McCain continued. “And acknowledging those shared values can see us through our challenges today if we have the wisdom to trust in them again.”
If the shared values he is referring to are opposition to the KKK and Nazis, we can agree, but she was a woman of the far-left and was marching with Antifa when she was killed. This latter values aren’t that great for Republicans to adopt.
The Arizona senator pointed out that Congress is dysfunctional but his answer is to give the Democrats what they want in a “return to regular order.” McCain would disagree with that assessment. His view is:
“We seem convinced that majorities exist to impose their will with few concessions and that minorities exist to prevent the party in power from doing anything important,” McCain wrote. The senator added that regular order meant “pragmatic problem solving from even the most passionate partisans.”