Senate Votes on Proceeding With Health Care Reform Bill – Livestream…

The Senate votes on a motion to proceed, beginning debate on the legislation. However, unlike typical Senate procedure, many lawmakers are unclear on what the actual healthcare reform bill will be.

♦ Latest: 2:40pm Republican Senators Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins have voted against proceeding. All other republican senators have voted to proceed. (live stream link)

3:00pm Senator John McCain arrives to vote “aye”.  Senator Ron Johnson also votes ‘yes’. Senator Joe Manchin has voted “nay”.  All Democrats are voting along party line no defectors..

3:10pm With final vote to proceed tied at 50/50 Vice President Mike Pence casts the tie-breaking vote and the motion to proceed passes.

3:15pm Senator John McCain took to the floor to deliver a speech (video added below). McCain stated he voted to proceed with debate, but he will never vote for the Senate bill.  Instead McCain demands the entire process begin again; starting over in committee (time for more lobbyist $$).

McCain then delivers a 10 minute speech filled with virtue signaling, pearl clutching, and ‘reach-across-the-aisle’ “isms”; while demanding that all senators stop listening to the American people and return to the preferred way of indulging in their own Senatorial best interests.   McCain communicated to the chamber that the American electorate are too stupid to know what’s good for them, and the Senators should rule over the proles.

Despite his looming incapacity and terminal brain cancer, McCain refuses to resign.

Donald Trump was entirely right about John McCain.

 

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546 Responses to Senate Votes on Proceeding With Health Care Reform Bill – Livestream…

  1. 6x47 says:

    Of course I wish Sen. McCain no ill, but I reiterate that God is finally doing what the voters of Arizona won’t.

    Liked by 13 people

    • You are a better person than I.

      I wish nuclear-level ill and pox on every politician who has been sent to Washington by and then betrayed the very electorate that desperately trusted that they would FINALLY do the right thing by the People.

      Liked by 10 people

    • Founding Fathers Fan says:

      The people in Arizona are tied to the casinos and all the businesses associated with the casinos.

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      • listingstarboard says:

        Well that is partially true, the Native American reservations in Arizona are dependent on the Federal Government, and there are some casinos here, Nothing like the casinos in Nevada or New Mexico –I have lived in north west Arizona for the last 4 years, it is heavily pro Trump. Unfortunately the demographics of this state are over 60 and under 5–and the deluge of illegals and California transplants has had a profound impact on the political landscape. Flagstaff is a burgeoning Progressive liberal town, Phoenix and south are total”Northern Mexico”. Kelli Ward is a weak candidate unfortunately, I live in her home town and the Mccain signs dwarfed hers this last election. Brian tumor seems the best case scenario to rid the state of McCain.

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        • Jedi9 says:

          So what you are saying, according to the recent demographics, Arizona will eventually become a blue state? Oh god! Say isn’t so!

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    • Bob says:

      Kinda like what happened to Hillary in 2016

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    • Ned says:

      It can’t happen too soon. He has Glioblastoma brain cancer. It’s a primary brain cancer, which means that it originates directly from the brain, and it’s not coming from a different kind of tumor located in another part of the body. It is the most deadly and aggressive forms of brain tumors. It has tenacles,like roots from a tree, that are not seen – that’s the deadly part.. Simply because they removed what is visible, hardly means it is gone. Even after removal of the tumor there are microscopic cells that exist far beyond that area that was removed, and that’s why these tumors come back. Glioblastoma tumors make their own blood supply, which helps them grow. It’s easy for them to invade normal brain tissue.

      Older people tend to have more mutations. Chemo, Radio and sometimes immune therapy are used. It would depend on what they see on an MRI or a scan. .Immune therapy is showing promise but not a home run. Remission can happen but usually doesn’t work and it comes back even more aggressively. Younger people tend to fare the best with treatment and longevity. For others, it’s more grim. Median survival rate of ~15 months; 5-year survival rate of ~4% . The bottom line is John McPain should STEP DOWN for the good of the country! He will not be able to finish out his term. I can only hope God removes him quickly before he does more damage to our country.

      The AZ Governor is a Republican and their laws allow for the Gov.to temporarily appoint a Senator as a replacement till a special election can be completed if he would STEP DOWN. Kelly Ward would be a fantastic replacement! But,knowing McPain, he will be like Ginsburg, and agree with “full steam ahead”. He is a narcissistic fool that hates President Trump. He recently stated he sees Obama as a much better President than President Trump. How scary is that and he claims to be a Republican.

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    • Somewhere in Dixie says:

      I cannot be so benevolent.

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  2. redtreesquirrel says:

    McCain just disgraced himself for good.

    Liked by 13 people

    • stillers213 says:

      I honestly thought it was not possible for him to be any more of a complete disgrace. I was wrong.

      Liked by 10 people

      • NYGuy54 says:

        Darth McCain flew in on his DeathStar, held the entire body hostage and called for collegiality at the same time. This guy has chutzpah. Now I see why he couldn’t fly a fighter jet.

        Liked by 10 people

        • litlbit2 says:

          I said this before, will say it again. McCain the not normal sick Senator that went to the hospital with enough dishonest or pay for play funds to afford the medical procedure cost, went with the best healthcare plan money can provide using taxpayer funds for his premiums.
          Never once acknowledging the screw you healthcare he helped force on the American folks..

          I read “vengeance is mine”, bout time. Sound the horn.

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      • vfm#7634 says:

        Not sure if this outdoes Cruz’ speech at the convention or not.

        Liked by 2 people

        • Ned says:

          What Cruz and McPain have in common is a large ego, narcissistic and it is really about them and not the country. Both are also career politicians. Songbird McCain’s military serves is what he uses to deflect criticism of his traitorous advocations and decisions. IMO,he is no hero!

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    • yy4u says:

      McCain is a bitter man. He thought he should be president in 2000 and W stepped into the race and took it from him, then got elected so in 04, McCain couldn’t run (which he would have had Gore won in y2k). Then in 08 when the GOP E rewarded him for his patience, the MSM had done such a number on W and on Republicans that everyone with a few neurons still blinking knew whoever the Dems put up would win. It turned out to be the Marxist Racist Obama who totally screwed up the Middle East but who did what he said he’d do domestically — change America — we may never recover from the damage he did. In 2012, it was Romney’s turn. Romney had stepped aside for McCain in 08. See how it works? Whoever rolled over four years before is rewarded with the nomination. If he/she wins, great! If not, then what does it matter since the 1% Globalists win anyway and they’ll keep filling the coffers. Trump upended all that ergo the hatred from both sides heaped on him. Trump succeeded where McCain failed. That makes one bitter. Now he has incurable cancer — unless a miracle occurs — and he will never achieve his dream. I feel sorry for him. I know his flaws and foibles, but dealing with a glioblastoma multiforme is something I wish on nobody.

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  3. 6x47 says:

    McCain is a hero to the left-wing media but I don’t think outside that group he is held in nearly as high esteem.

    Remember when Sen. Edward “Ted” Kennedy died, and all the networks covered the funeral procession for “The Lion of the Senate”?

    And how paltry the turnout for Sen. Kennedy was, compared to President Reagan’s funeral?

    I wonder if Sen. McCain will beat Sen. Kennedy’s turnout.

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  4. stillers213 says:

    Can we just install a giant flush handle on the door of congress and pull the handle?

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  5. How do we REALLY know that McCain has cancer?

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    • RG says:

      Does it matter…he still says stupid stuff and is selfish as can be. He’s probably angry about Trump’s move in Syria. That was his pet project…
      I hope when I go that I can reflect on how Jesus took his pain and suffering with a graceful exit only to be rewarded big time.

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    • Sparky5253 says:

      McCain’s staffed announced it to the media. Why would anyone lie about having cancer, especially an aggressive one like McCain has. The average survival after being diagnosed with having a glioblastoma is 15 months.

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    • Mary Wilson says:

      We don’t and I have my doubts. Releasing him 3 days after brain surgery ? Does that even make sense?

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      • Yes, it makes sense. They cut a hole in his skull to remove what they could of the tumor. Now they have to wait a month or so for that to heal before they can begin chemo and radiation, because those procedures will compromise his immune system and make him weak and nauseous. He will probably never be strong enough again to make today’s kind of appearance.

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  6. Bert Darrell says:

    I don’t want to bore you fellow treepers but I’ve been saying for a long time, here and elsewhere, and will repeat once more: John McCain has been a traitor -and remains one- since his years at the Hanoi Hotel. And shamelessly corrupt to boot.

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    • NYGuy54 says:

      You know Bert, I have resisted thinking that for years..mainly because I look for the good in people. But today’s speech was a giant FU to the American people.

      Liked by 12 people

    • Suzanne Hawkins says:

      That is 100% true. Why else would Nixon have had to pardon him the minute he stepped back on American soil? Why else would he have spent the 49 years successfully blocking the attempts to locate and bring back MIAs unless some of them knew he had given aid and comfort to the enemy? If his father hadn’t been an admiral he’d have been dishonorably discharged for all the people whose deaths he caused on the Forrestal. And if he hadn’t played the “war hero” card he’d have spent the last 50 years in Leavenworth for his membership in the Keating Five. And in spite of all this, the traitorous pos will be buried at the sacred ground known as Arlington with full honors next to America’s true heros who gave all. And should I ever be in DC I will make it a point to go there and spit on his grave

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      • Grandma Covfefe says:

        Me too.
        SPIT!

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      • realcapedcrusader says:

        I’m not a McCain fan, but he did not cause the fire on the Forestal
        “The Forrestal Disaster, July 29, 1967
        At the time of this incident Lt. Cdr. McCain already had flown several bombing missions over North Vietnam from the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal. As he was in his A-4 Skyhawk, loaded with two, 1,000-pound bombs and waiting on the carrier deck for his turn to launch, a Zuni missile accidentally fired from another aircraft, swooshed across the carrier deck and struck either McCain’s plane or one next to it.
        That triggered a fire and a series of bomb and missile explosions that killed 134 sailors. McCain himself barely escaped alive. He quickly leaped from his plane into the pool of burning jet fuel that immediately surrounded him. About 90 seconds later he was blown 15 feet back when the first bomb “cooked off” and exploded, killing several nearby firefighters.
        James M. Caiella has written a scholarly article about the disaster, which appeared in the Fall 2003 issue of Foundation magazine, a publication of the National Naval Aviation Museum, located in Pensacola, Fla. Caiella, who is now associate editor of Proceedings and Naval History magazines, published by the U.S. Naval Institute in Annapolis, generously shared with us copies of some key documents which he obtained from the Navy under the Freedom of Information Act. They include a typed transcript of the sworn testimony that McCain gave less than two weeks after the disaster, on Aug. 5, 1967, and also a written statement he submitted prior to his testimony, describing the first moments of the disaster:”

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        • realcapedcrusader says:

          Here is an article talking about how unstable the ordinance taken aboard the Forestal was.
          https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/1967_USS_Forrestal_fire

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        • nccosmiccurmudgeon says:

          Well that would be the “official story”. And it could well be accurate. That being said; ever since “boot camp” in Great Lakes in ’79 I have heard the “urban legend” that there was more to the story. And from my experiences while serving, I can believe that there was in fact more to the story.

          But I was not there, so the “official version” is all I know for certain. Neither was I ever a POW, so I have no idea of the ordeal he endured.

          But I am familiar with the Keating 5 and the Photos we have seen here and elsewhere concerning those “moderate Syrians”.

          I believe the “tell” in this speech was his reference for us of the masses not to listen to the voices providing us with actual information, like CTH, it only confuses the issues with facts. And all that followed that statement could be condensed to “we’re the government and we know what is best for you”.

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          • realcapedcrusader says:

            I was in Nam in 67, I never heard the story that he caused that explosion until sometime into the 70’s or 80’s. I have first hand knowledge of what some of the WW11 ordinance looked like, and I’m glad I didn’t have to handle it, having to eat the C rations was bad enough.
            McCain may have done some bad stuff, but I do not believe he caused the fire on the Forestal.

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        • rodney says:

          I’ll agree with all of that being the public account of the incident except the “swooshed” part. A 300 lb transgender guy in his first floor length ballroom gown may swoosh but never a missle.

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        • Suzanne says:

          if he did not contribute to that particular disaster in any way why did his Admiral father have him off that ship in a matter of days… that same Admiral father that got Nixon to pardon him immediately upon his arrival? And I for one would never believe a word out of his mouth and probably especially not his so called “sworn testimony” where he had to play CYA

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          • realcapedcrusader says:

            A lot of witnesses said it was a missile that came across the deck. I’m not a McCain fan, but I’m not going to accuse him of something that can’t be proved he did. That’s what CNN does. I don’t know why his father got him off the ship, maybe the missile was meant for him, and his old man thought he was in danger.

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      • Flightmedic16 says:

        Amen!

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  7. stillers213 says:

    Are there any deplorables in Maine? Susan “hot mic” Collins needs to go ASAP!

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  8. calbear84 says:

    I listened to McCain’s speech live on Hannity’s radio show (oh, the irony) and was stunned by the man’s willful blindness to the desires of We The People. Sorry, Senator but we’re sick of your BS.

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  9. Donna in Oregon says:

    Does anyone know the true status of Senator McCain’s health? I’ve read several reports and as usual the reporting is sloppy. The blot clot was removed. A biopsy was done.

    Different reports about the tumor. Was the tumor removed? Also some reports say the cancer didn’t come from the melanoma. But the incision is above his left eye, a continuation of the skin cancer incision.

    Is this a fast spreading cancer?

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    • Sparky5253 says:

      He’s been diagnosed as having glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer.

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    • maga2004 says:

      Donna, a very close friend of mine had Gliobastoma; this is what happened with her.

      Once they determined that she had a brain tumor they immediately scheduled surgery to remove it. The surgery was a success; however, the doctors informed her family that she would seem fine, totally back to normal for at least six months, then the cancer would strike back and she would begin to lose her ability to speak, etc. She was very fit and lasted about 22 months.

      The doctors were totally right. None of us wanted to believe that she was still as sick as she was, since she seemed just like her old self. Her tumor was behind her left ear. Not sure what part of the brain is going to be affected by McCain’s tumor. My friend was in her late fifties. My money is on McCain not making it more than the 15 months. He may be totally incapacitated in six.

      Imagine his pure willfulness to stay in the Senate as long as possible to keep Trump from success!

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    • JMC says:

      Brain cancer can go fast. A lady acquaintance of mine at age 64 was suddenly diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. It was then found to be in her brain. 10 weeks after diagnosis, she died of the brain cancer. She had been a health fanatic – never smoked or drank. Exercised and ate only healthy.

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    • Donna in Oregon says:

      Thank you for your posts. Appreciate your time.

      The cerebrum has 4 sections called lobes, each of which has different functions. The left eye, under the left forehead is the frontal lobe. Tumors of the frontal lobe can cause headaches, seizures, changes in thinking, mood and personality, impaired speech and weakness.

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    • Reporters don’t know much about medicine, and I expect his doctors are preserving patient confidentiality. If McCain’s surgery went normally, they already removed what they could get of the tumor as part of the same clot-removal procedure. Yes, glioblastoma is a very aggressive cancer which usually returns, and is hard to treat effectively. They can’t just chop out large brain portions, as they would amputate a limb or the lobe of a lung.

      Once he is healed from this surgery (4-6 weeks), he will begin a debilitating course of chemo and radiation, without which he might die within 90 days. Even with the best care, the prognosis for glioblastoma is only 12-18 months. (Survival rate to 5 years is 4%.) Any way you look at it, he is much more likely to die than not.

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  10. So, We have only 49 votes at best. We have lost 3 for sure. Obamacare will remain.

    Really, what can Trump do now. There will be no budget, no tax reform and no healthcare repeal. And all because of his own party, and not the dems.

    Really, what can we do now. The country is now at a standstill. It is ungovernable. Because of the Senate. Wow.

    What can be done now Sundance?

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    • mimbler says:

      I still see a long game – it certainly isn’t a sure thing with our traitors in GOPe, but repeal or not, ocare doesn’t have many gasps left in it.

      As policies become unavailable or unaffordable people will clamor for a fix or replacement.

      I see this forcing the dems to put “something” on the table.

      At this point if the repubs have a good proposal, I think the dems will be forced to vote for it or lose at the next election cycle.

      To me, the sticky point is that the repubs have to have a good bill to present. They don’t have one now, and I’m not confident that they have the desire to, but they certain have the capability to do it. It isn’t rocket science, and they should be working on it now,
      Mike

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      • R-C says:

        Pols don’t write legislation. Haven’t for decades. They leave that to the lobbyists/special interests. Pols are more like salesmen these days–they ‘push’ the ideas of their favorite lobbyists (their donors & sugar daddies), and hold votes based upon their salesmanship.

        So NO, the repubs don’t have a clue on this. And don’t WANT a clue–they’re in love with their donors’ cash, and the donors have told them to resist this.

        But Trump, and importantly, WE do want this fixed. And we WILL have it fixed. Period. (The pols haven’t figured that out yet, either.)

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      • Ned says:

        DEMS are hanging in there for the disaster and will tout SINGLE PAYER for all as the solution. That has been the end game all along. They knew Obamacare would not work. Who knows maybe the GOP wants that too. Congress and the Senate EXEMPTED themselves from Obamacare so they don’t care and have no sense of urgency.

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        • mimbler says:

          Yes, I’m also not sure that the GOPe won’t join with dems advocating single payer. What is clear is that they aren’t really pursuing repeal and replace because neither the senate nor the house have comprehensive, capable replace bills.

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    • vfm#7634 says:

      We may have to wait until 2019 after several Dem senators are replaced with Republicans.

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    • dayallaxeded says:

      PDJT can do what he’s already done and maybe more by way of executive orders–just nix all enforcement mechanisms and 0don’tcare dies on its own. It will take some people down with it, unfortunately, both due to failing insurance markets and loss of care as providers decline to deal with 0don’tcare “policies.” There was a cost to letting our goobermint get so far out of control in the first place, so it won’t all get fixed by PDJT without some cost to we-the-people as well. Sometimes, winning is hard, but still ain’t no ways tired!

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      • Nightcrawler says:

        day-all; day-ay-ay-all. Day-al-axe-ed and we wan’ go ho-ohm!

        All Trump needs to do is ‘ixnay’ the waiver congress got which exempts them from having the same health care the rest of us have.

        Then they’ll have to justify to their constituents, all over again, why they should be exempt and we should not.

        Should be fun to watch!!!

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    • nccosmiccurmudgeon says:

      ““When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”

      In this case the “impossible” may be regaining a functional government. Those that wish to see President Trump “removed from the equation” have come out in today’s news advocating the intentional release of sensitive national security information (Evelyn Farkas ) and even a “coup” ( former CIA Director John Brennan).

      These statements border closely to the category of “inciting insurrection” at the least. Are we actually prepared to defend against such an event?

      Something to ponder upon and prepare for all the while praying for the “impossible” to happen.

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    • joninmd22 says:

      That was always the swamp critters plan. Donald Trump will have to take his cause to the people to fight a do nothing congress as he’s doing tonight in Ohio.

      But really there’s going to come a time that conflict will be unavoidable. Sorry but that’s just what’s going to happen.

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  11. “I like people who weren’t captured” ….by the Left and resigned to appeasing them at every turn.
    McCain is a Stockholm Syndrome case if I ever saw one. And Trump spotted him for a weakling from the start.

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  13. MIKE says:

    It is a McShame you could not just retire quietly into the night, even after your recent diagnosis. Just he//bent on being a selfish, spoiled, rittle plick up until the bitter end, eh, WETSTART?
    Oh, and may I say, nice touch insulting REAL patriots on the senate floor this afternoon. Real classy, CRASH. Heckuva swanSONG.

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  14. albrevin says:

    my take on the ‘why is PDJT confronting AG Sessions over Twitter? He should do this privately..’

    1. how do we know he hasn’t already done this privately? Maybe he has and Sessions ignored him, told him ‘o.k.’ and then didn’t do anything or just refused.

    2. probably most likely….. PDJT used a surrogate to do the above and is tired of sitting back and waiting on the AG to do something, especially about the leaks! Comey, for example, is sitting right in front of everybody guilty as hades.

    3. Possibly he hasn’t said anything to Sessions privately bc any conversation would be surveilled/wiretapped/recorded and then LEAKED as a frame-up for obstruction or something.

    Numerous explanations.

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  15. diogenes says:

    After that speech, I’m glad I said a prayer for John McCain…

    That he get exactly what he deserves, nothing more and nothing less.

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  16. Zale says:

    I’m so glad we’ll likely be rid of McCain soon. Hope jis last days are excruciatingly painful.

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    • Your Tour Guide says:

      Zale: can’t stand the man. Was sorry that he got picked for the
      Presidential run. Disagree with the “painful days” wish. We’re
      better then that. The final thing he faces might be worse then
      that, especially for a power freak like him.

      Anyone here ever read Dominick Dunne’s “A Season in Purgatory?”
      It was a roman a clef about the Skakel case. What interested me
      more was the character that was supposed to be Joe Kennedy
      Senior. His son wins the presidency, everything that Joe had been
      scheming for all his life. As soon as he got what he wanted, he
      had a massive stroke. Couldn’t speak, or effectively communicate.
      Knew everything that was going on around him, and couldn’t do
      anything about it. O’henry couldn’t have come up with a better
      ending.

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  17. Phil aka Felipe says:

    Came across this and thought I’d share. You astute treepers have probably already seen it, but I thought it is apropos because we have gov’t debating how to help the ‘poor’ and the rest of Americans with their healthcare.

    ‘Milton Friedman schools young Bernie Sanders about poverty’

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    • dayallaxeded says:

      WOW! That’s a must listen!

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    • imprimipotest says:

      Bernie either was too stupid to understand the truths stated by Milton Friedman … or he already knew back then he wanted to be a corrupt power-elitist politician who could have a lucrative career pretending to care about the ‘poor’ and doing damn little work to earn his keep.

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  18. kenmar1965 says:

    I am no McCain apologist, but Arizona deserves the most blame for the time he has been in Congress (and by extension, his NWO, RINO, globalist impact. )

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    • Grandma Covfefe says:

      Then there’s voter fraud–I understand thru my kid that they were having problems.

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      • Donna in Oregon says:

        Yes. John McCain was censured by the Arizona Republican party. He is and was not liked at all. He should not have survived re-election. Cannot wait until President Trump’s Voter Fraud unit examines Arizona & finds out who done it.

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  19. RedBallExpress says:

    Remember the old horror show Creature Feature that was hosted by Dr. Paul Bearer? He climbed out of his coffin just like McCain.

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  20. blognificentbee says:

    “…while demanding that all senators stop listening to the American people and return to the preferred way of indulging in their own Senatorial best interests…”

    YES, this!

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  21. blognificentbee says:

    Have not had the opportunity to read the whole thread, but I need to vent before I hop over to RSBN & the CTH Rally thread.

    When McCain used his stubby little fingers to use bunny quotes when he said “winning” like it is a curse word, with hate dripping from his words, I was just livid, LIVID. Go away, you had your chance! A lot of us wasted a vote on you – as the libs say “we are woke” when it comes to your power mongering!

    I do not like to speak ill of someone who is ill, but he has no respect for the office of the President…it’s all about him…well John, guess what, we the American people love “winning” with our duly elected President – something you will never be.

    Sorry just needed to get that out in a forum where people understand me and will not judge.

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  23. myrightpenguin says:

    I don’t feel optimistic right now, although anything is possible in DC, and with kabuki, as observed when Heller was a no that quickly became a yes prior to the vote.

    Problem is Murkowski being against the motion to proceed. Collins was expected, but worst case assumption for a final bill was Collins and Rand Paul would be against (repeal/replace) with VP Pence being the tie-breaker. What gymnastics will Rand Paul perform to get to yes? One also has to be pessimistic about McCain voting ‘yes’ for anything vaguely conservative.

    The only hope is the kabuki observed with Heller, i.e. McConnell seems to have some control, although not much.

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    • Carolina Kat says:

      Strip Collins and Murkowski of committee assignments. Pull all party support for re-election. There are in fact plentiful screws to turn, should McConnell, a 32 year veteran in the Senate get what he wants, he will no doubt turn them.

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  24. Pam says:

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  25. Roozter says:

    McCain does not look at all well. I fail to understand the mindset of someone that ill who insists on continuing to work! I guess I’m just too selfish😩

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    • Archie says:

      I noticed that he made no effort to cover up the gruesome knife wound. I decent man would have put a bandage on that gash.

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      • Donna in Oregon says:

        I have an exception to that Archie :), Harry Reid was not a decent man. He had a huge bandage across his black eye. Remember his ‘accident’ with the exercise equipment? Yeah, that was a funny story. Does anyone believe that story? Nope…..

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  26. MaskOfZero says:

    McCain is no patriot if he does not resign now, while he may with a semblance of grace and dignity.

    The Republicans have a razor thin majority in the Senate, and important votes should not, must not be held up because a Senator is struggling with a terminal illness.

    If McCain stays on, he is doing so out of ego and self-interest–but not in America’s interest.

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  27. WeThePeople2016 says:

    Murkowsky was fine when she was going to get an Alaska kickback in the original version of the bill. When that was pulled, she stated down Trump at the luncheon last Wednesday. My guess is that she is holding out for a payoff for her yes vote on the final version of the bill.

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  28. MfM says:

    McCain’s family should do an intervention and tell him that he needs to step down.

    That isn’t going to happen unfortunately because it’s pretty clear that other family members want to take on the seat to carry on his legacy.

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  29. Sedanka says:

    Enough is enough. I won’t shed a tear when McCain passes.

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  30. GW says:

    John McDick is genuinely no better than John Kerry. Perhaps worse as at least Frankenface was honest enough to put a D next to his name. McDick’s sacrifice in the Vietnam prisons not withstanding, this guy is a total POS; I’ve loathed him for years and I wish and hope that the cancer eats away his detestable brain. And Very Rapidly.

    It couldn’t have happened to a more deserving person.

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  31. Mike says:

    I’m catching up on news. Looks like Songbird McCain did what he always does: Evil.

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  32. Mike says:

    “McCain then delivers a 10 minute speech filled with virtue signaling, pearl clutching, and ‘reach-across-the-aisle’ “isms”; while demanding that all senators stop listening to the American people and return to the preferred way of indulging in their own Senatorial best interests.”

    I bet Songbird is hated within the GOPe ranks as much as Hillary Clinton is hated within Dem ranks.
    That would be: hated with the heat of a thousand suns. I bet everybody just wants the egotistical, thin skinned, diseased, attention-seeking old prick to get lost. Just like Clinton, he’s a political liability, not an asset.

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    • You know, I realize that what I’m about to write is harsh, but I used to pray that McCain’s melanoma would return, and off him; as Gawd is my witness, I now hope for an extended, excruciatingly painful prognosis for his Glioblastoma– and I hope he chooses to extend his miserable life with lots of chemotherapy and some radiation. There aren’t very many people in this world that I actually LOATHE, but McCain made it to the top of that list, even BEFORE this last act of grandstanding. I’m out of words to express my disdain for this man. He actually forced me to vote for his democratic opponent in the Arizona Senate race, in 2016…

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  33. Pam says:

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  34. Sandra-VA says:

    Here is an example of the organization of CAP (Center for American Progress headed by Neera Tanden, started by John Podesta) and protesting the repeal & replace:

    As I have said, they are HIGHLY organized for everything that R’s try to do. Pay attention and be aware what republicans in congress are up against.

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    • Sandra-VA says:

      This was retweeted by Neera Tanden – which means these two were targeted and succumbed to the pressure (or they are part of the #Resist movement).

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  35. czarowniczy says:

    I’m seeing some irony here…McCain rushes back from his treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix to vote on a healthcare bill.
    As a retired member of the military Big John’s eligible for care at the VA, you know, the VA in Phoenix where an admitted 40 vets died on secret waiting lists? But even more, as a Senator he wouldn’t get the same treatment as sonebpoir vet schmuck, they’d roll his gurney right over them, even give him a doc that spoke English as a primary language. Soooooo, he chose the Mayo?
    McCain’s been a valiant champion of veterans’ rights for years, girding his loins and taking the battle to the VA bureaucrats. (Pause to let the laughter die down) You’d think he would be particularly embarrassed and offended that the VA hospital in his state’s capital city was complicit in the deaths of veterans. And he chose Mayo while the VA continues its long record of golden raining on vets.
    In September of 2015 the VA’s own IG, not some hired investigator the VA could blow off, released a report that showed that at least 307,000 veterans died waiting for VA medical care ( http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/423514/va-report-307000-veterans-died-waiting-applications-be-processed-jim-geraghty ). That’s more US military than we’re killed from the Korean War thru the GWOT. That was September 2015 and you know that Congress received heads-up early copies as warnings of incoming. That should have given McCain and Congress enough time to put a bit in the VAs bureaucrats mouthes. Yet McCain chose Mayo.

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    • whizzbang says:

      I want to give this a thousand likes. Your post is so on point, and fill me with disgust for all these evil swamp creatures, but ESPECIALLY McSTAIN, who as a veteran, should have known better. Damn WHORES, all of them. Excuse my language please, ladies.

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  36. The Doc says:

    Since when do you need a brain to be a US Senator? McStain will keep doing evil for years to come.

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  37. OmegaManBlue says:

    Taking my dislike of McCain out of it. If it was me I would want to spend time with my family.

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  38. Jeff says:

    WILL THE PEOPLE DESCEND on THE DC SWAMP if the staged impeachment proceedings begin ?

    Is the riff between AG Sessions and POTUS a GOOD COP BAD COP play to embolden the SWAMP to impeach ? Suspecting Sessions to side with them ? The SWAMP promising NOT to confirm another AG should Sessions resign !!!

    What is the intent of POTUS to pressure the SWAMP to act in unison ?

    Is this a distraction for something else Trump has in the offing ?

    Thank God we have the TREE HOUSE to sort all this out !!! FAKE NEWS and PROPAGANDA Are exploding to new levels !!

    It’s times like this I pray for the discernment of the Holy Sprint for clarity . These ARE the times that try men’s souls.

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  39. whizzbang says:

    Ï am appalled at the picture Sundance posted showing Senator McConnell speaking with the President Of The United States Of America, WITH HIS DAMN HAND IN HIS POCKET.

    If you don’t respect the man, you evil swamp creature, have respect for the Office.

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  40. Mike diamond says:

    McCain needs to retire!!!!!

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  41. WVPatriot says:

    Sundance,

    Thank you for pointing out that Joe Manchin D-WV is a “YELLOWDOG” democrat!!!!!

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