While it may have been somewhat expected with GOP circles that Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Sen. Susan Collins would vote against the ‘Skinny Repeal’ of Obamacare last week, it certainly wasn’t expected that Sen. John McCain would.
However, apparently McCain’s vote wasn’t all that surprising to some of the Democrats.
According to Conservative Tribune:
“Almost” being the key word, as it appears that a few top Democrats received advanced notice from McCain about how he intended to vote, at least according to the detailed play-by-play account of the late night event on the Senate floor by The Washington Post reporter Ed O’Keefe.
McCain had signaled earlier Thursday that he was leaning against repeal, but talks with fellow GOP senators and Vice President Mike Pence — brought in for an expected tie breaker vote — seemed to reassure everyone that he would ultimately be on board with the motion.
However, McCain refused to say one way or another how he planned to vote, telling reporters only to “Wait for the show,” and proceeded on to the Senate floor ahead of the vote.
While he may not have indicated one way or another with any words, his actions certainly were an indicator:
It was then that the long-serving senator was spotted speaking with Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a conversation that left the Democrat leader smiling. Schumer later stated, “I knew it when he walked on the floor,” and revealed that McCain had called him earlier to let him know his plan.
McCain was also spotted talking with a group of Democrat senators that included Dianne Feinstein — from whom he received a warm hug — Dick Durbin and Elizabeth Warren, among others, and was seen giving anti-repeal Murkowski a wink and “thumbs down” gesture as she walked past him at one point.
This news really wouldn’t sting as much had McCain not repeatedly claimed (and campaigned) in years prior that he wanted to (and would) repeal Obamacare.
Just another politician reneging on a promise to the American people. Sad.