How Chuck Schumer Came Through With a Little Help From the Two Joes-Biden and Lieberman
A lot of heroes in the defeat of Trumpcare. By the way, let’s remain vigilant as there are still rumblings. Experience should tell us that this zombie idea isn’t dead YET. We’re going to have to kill it a few more times before it’s REALLY DEAD.
Still last week was a big victory. There are a lot of heroes and that starts with #TheResistance including those wheelchair activists who were roughed up by capitol police.
And all the rest of us in the Resistance. However the elected Dems also came through in a big way. After years of McConnell’s obstruction the Dems learned the value of sticking together.
And the leader was Chuck Schumer.
“Over the past week, as Senate Republicans feverishly cobbled together their doomed health care bill, Chuck Schumer, the Democratic leader, made several quiet visits to the private “hideaway” office of John McCain, Republican of Arizona, near the Senate chamber on the Capitol’s first floor. Senator McCain, who recently received a brain cancer diagnosis, was nervous about the bill, which he thought would harm people in his state, and elegiac about members of his storied family, reminiscing about them at some length.”
“During those visits and in several phone calls, Mr. Schumer, who had led Democrats in a moment of prayer for Mr. McCain, assured him that they would have the 80-year-old senator’s back in his quest for bipartisan legislation should the health repeal fail — including making sure Mr. McCain’s beloved defense bill was passed.”
How Schumer Held Democrats Together Through a Health Care Maelstrom https://t.co/qxNRg7A4Vv
— Diane Brand (@chesscat48) July 29, 2017
You know who else talked to McCain? Two Joes-Joe Biden and Joe Lieberman. I admit I’ve been pretty angry at how Lieberman screwed the Dems in 2008 by supporting McCain.
But you have to give him credit here.
“According to a Senate Democrat, McCain heard from two longtime friends pleading with him to oppose McConnell: Joseph I. Lieberman and Joe Biden.”
“The former senator from Connecticut was long one of McCain’s best friends, forming the heralded “Three Amigos” along with Graham. Despite his more conservative leanings on national security, Lieberman remained loyal enough to Democrats that in 2009 and 2010 he supported the ACA and relayed that continued support to McCain.”
“Biden, the former vice president who often clashed in a collegial way with McCain on foreign policy matters, had a more emotional discussion with McCain. The Arizonan’s brain cancer is the same diagnosis that Biden’s son, Beau, received in 2013; he died two years later.”
“Those conversations set in motion the most dramatic night in modern Senate history. Just ask the senators who were there. The decisions of Collins, McCain and Murkowski to buck their party put the Senate on the verge of protracted bipartisan talks that McCain might not witness because he is scheduled Monday to begin chemotherapy treatment for his cancer.”
And finally, yes-of course-great credit goes to both Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski. They’re votes were less dramatic as we knew all along they were noes but obviously if not for them we’re’ not here now.
Murkowski in particular falls into the same and she persisted meme as Trump and his Interior Secretary engaged in some very clumsy attempts to strong harm her that blew up right in their faces.
“Trump, who won Alaska by 15 points, ripped the state’s senior senator on Twitter Wednesday after she opposed a key procedural motion to open debate on health care.”
Later that day, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke called Murkowski and the state’s other Republican senator, Dan Sullivan, to threaten that the Trump administration may change its position on several issues that affect the state to punish Murkowski, such as blocking energy exploration and plans to allow the construction of new roads. “The message was pretty clear,” Sullivan told the Alaska Dispatch News.
“Nevertheless, Murkowski persisted. In fact, she took it one step further and demonstrated that she has more leverage over Zinke than he has over her. As chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Murkowski indefinitely postponed a nominations markup that the Interior Department badly wants.”
Truly political malpratice.
Yet Trump believes in nothing so much as the notion that he’s a political savant with ‘exceptional political instincts.
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