John McCain Gave An Inspiring Speech, Then Voted The Opposite Way

John McCain returned to the Senate floor to a standing ovation on Tuesday and after voting to proceed to debate on the Senate healthcare bill, gave a rousing speech, calling for a return to "regular order."

“Let’s trust each other. Let’s return to regular order. We’ve been spinning our wheels on too many important issues because we keep trying to find a way to win without help from across the aisle.

He called out the current Republican-led Senate for its failure to pass anything of substance, especially their inability to get anything done on healthcare.

“We’re getting nothing done. All we’ve really done this year is confirm Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Our healthcare insurance system is a mess. We all know it, those who support Obamacare and those who oppose it. Something has to be done. We Republicans have looked for a way to end it and replace it with something else without paying a terrible political price. We haven’t found it yet, and I’m not sure we will. All we’ve managed to do is make more popular a policy that wasn’t very popular when we started trying to get rid of it.

And then made a strong statement in opposition to the bill under consideration.

“I voted for the motion to proceed to allow debate to continue and amendments to be offered. I will not vote for the bill as it is today. It’s a shell of a bill right now. We all know that.

Some wondered if he was so opposed to the process and substance of the legislation why he voted to proceed to debate at all. His No vote could have killed it once and for all.

But even more puzzling was McCain's vote later in the day on whether to advance the Senate's repeal and replace measure to a vote.

The motion, which required 60 votes, failed 43-57. 9 Republicans sided with Democrats against the motion, John McCain was not among them.

Later, McCain was asked why he voted Yes to proceed to a bill he fundamentally opposed.

McCain seemed to send yet another contradictory message by reportedly telling Senator Murkowski, who voted against both motions up for a vote yesterday that she "did the right thing."

As McCain explained in his speech prior to the vote, there would have to be major changes made to the bill to get his support for final passage. More votes are expected today and later this week in an effort to make changes. In the meantime, McCain is keeping everyone guessing as to where he will fall on the final bill.

National Archives

Ever since becoming one of the first Muslim women to be elected to Congress—an honor she shares with fellow Democratic Representative Rashida Tlaib of Michigan—Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota found herself a favorite target of President Donald Trump, his supporters, Evangelical Christians and other assorted bigots and conspiracy theorists.

But just what is it about Omar that they love to hate?

Keep reading...
The Guardian

If you were hoping President Donald Trump had improved his reputation abroad, prepare to be disappointed.

On his recent visit to India, Trump appeared with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to open the country's new cricket arena: Sardar Patel Stadium.

The President spent the speech touting the growth of the Indian economy and the continued relationship between India and the United States.

Keep reading...
Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

President Donald Trump's eldest son—Donald Trump Jr.—raised eyebrows with a claim that he's not an elitist.

Junior, who oversees his father's business dealings while also campaigning for him, boasted on Instagram that he likes "fishing, hunting, red meat, trucks and guns."

Keep reading...
Marc Piscotty/Getty Images // Mario Tama/Getty Images

Pundits on every channel and President Donald Trump seem to believe that Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT), a self-described Democratic Socialist, would be Donald Trump's dream opponent in the 2020 election.

Democrats have expressed concerns that the Senator is too divisive while Trump fans the flames with tweets that the Democratic National Committee is working overtime to rob Sanders of the nomination.

Keep reading...

After his conviction for obstructing justice, intimidating a witness, lying to Congress, and other charges, former Trump campaign advisor Roger Stone was sentenced to 40 months in prison earlier this month.

The sentence came after months of drama surrounding the case, including Stone's veiled threats to Judge Amy Berman Jackson on social media, and the Justice Department's decision to override the sentence recommendations of its own prosecutors after Trump criticized them.

Keep reading...
David McNew/Getty Images; Steven Ferdman/Getty Images

President Donald Trump has used a symbiotic relationship with Fox News to advance his rhetoric and propaganda.

But occasionally his favorite network decides to air dissenting opinions or facts that disprove statements made by Trump.

Keep reading...