Monday, July 31, 2017

Why does anybody want to turn the reins of this nation over to the left?

Crazytrain: Jill Stein Says North Korea Forced To Make Nukes To Protect Itself From American Threat…   "Even Bernie Sanders thinks North Korea is completely insane. This woman must be certifiable."

Leftists Seek to Prevent White Painter From Paying Homage To Black Martyr
"There was a time when an artist’s rendition of something as tragic as the murder of Emmett Till would have been celebrated. Unfortunately, over the last several years, American communities have begun to self-segregate."

Media Claims There Are 15k Transgender People In Military, But Claims Are Unsubstantiated

She Said What?! Maxine Waters Just Keeps Getting Weirder!  "But the California Democrat really outdid herself on Saturday, when she said Vice President Mike Pence is well into planning his own inauguration 'cuz, you know, Trump's impending impeachment."

Leftists In Hard-Hit Youngstown, Ohio Try To Stop Fracking – The Only Business That Could Save The Area

California conservatives, tired of state's liberal politics, find friendlier abodes in Texas  California conservatives, "Tired of high taxes on everything from your home to your plastic shopping bags? Concerned that violent crime may be seeping into your once seemingly idyllic neighborhood? Worried that your children will be placed in subpar public schools?"  Want to move?

Roseanne will have a nine-year-old 'gender creative' grandson in TV revival: Casting directors are looking for a child who can play 'sensitive and effeminate'   " reports a gender fluid child, however, will likely get a lot of attention– for its bravery in telling what seems like a more common story in recent years and from the usual detractors. The “Roseanne” reboot is obviously out to give a jolt to what is a fairly snoozy sitcom world.
"Mark would not be TV’s first gender fluid person, however. That distinction goes to actor Asia Kate Dillon, playing Taylor on Showtime’s “Billions.”
Our minds are being molded by Hollywood morals. Lord, help us.

Women's Studies Prof: 'I Wish Someone Would Just Shoot' Trump

Marble Statues Are Now Racist...

I guess that's it for now and yet all this is in one day. One.

Scaramucci Ousted on John Kelly's First Day as Chief of Staff

"His tenure as White House communications director was as chaotic as it was brief."

Photo added by TD

"Mooch, we hardly knew ye. 
"President Donald Trump is removing Anthony Scaramucci from his role as White House communications director, just 10 days after Scaramucci took the job.
"The New York Times, which broke the story, reported that the move comes at the request of new chief of staff John Kelly after Scaramucci boasted about reporting directly to the president.
“Mr. Kelly made clear to members of the White House staff at a meeting Monday morning that he is in charge,” the Times reported.
“ 'Anthony Scaramucci will be leaving his role as White House Communications Director,” the White House said in a statement Monday afternoon. “Mr. Scaramucci felt it was best to give Chief of Staff John Kelly a clean slate and the ability to build his own team. We wish him all the best.”
"Axios’s Jonathan Swan reported that Kelly broke the news to Scaramucci almost immediately after being sworn in.
"Scaramucci’s White House tenure was short but tempestuous, overshadowed by his bizarre decision to call a New Yorker reporter to harangue his White House colleagues. His hiring prompted the resignations of press secretary Sean Spicer and chief of staff Reince Priebus—the latter move, ironically, leading to his own dismissal as Trump hired Kelly to replace Priebus.
"Kelly’s swift action against the erratic Scaramucci shows he is wasting no time doing the job Trump brought him in for: ending the infighting and chaos that has gripped the White House over the last sixth months. Former Trump adviser Corey Lewandowski told NBC’s Chuck Todd on Sunday that “the president made a decision to move in a new direction to bring a seriousness to his chief of staff and a pivot, so that he can have his agenda at the forefront of what he wants to get done.' ”

Feminist Rag Marie Claire Slams WWII Movie “Dunkirk” For Being “An Excuse For Men To Celebrate Maleness”…

Weasel Zippers The silliness that has metastasized in the culture of this nation!

"Via Marie Claire:
...But my main issue with Dunkirk is that it’s so clearly designed for men to man-out over. And look, it’s not like I need every movie to have “strong female leads.” Wonder Woman can probably tide me over for at least a year, and I understand that this war was dominated by brave male soldiers. I get that. But the packaging of the film, the general vibe, and the tenor of the people applauding it just screams “men-only”—and specifically seems to cater to a certain type of very pretentious man who would love nothing more than to explain to me why I’m wrong about not liking it. If this movie were a dating profile pic, it would be a swole guy at the gym who also goes to Harvard. If it was a drink it would be Stumptown coffee. If it was one of your friends, it would be the one who starts his sentences with “I get what you’re saying, but…”
I guess congratulations are in order for Nolan managing to unite high-brow male critics and very annoying people on Twitter under a common bromance, but to me, Dunkirk felt like an excuse for men to celebrate maleness—which apparently they don’t get to do enough. Fine, great, go forth, but if Nolan’s entire purpose is breaking the established war movie mold and doing something different—why not make a movie about women in World War II? Or—because I know that will illicit cries of “ugh, not everything has to be about feminism, ugh!”—how about any other marginalized group? These stories shouldn’t be relegated to indie films and Oscar season. It’s up to giant powerhouse directors like Nolan to tell them, which is why Dunkirk feels so basic.
All scenes, whether in commercials or programs must, repeat MUST, show the male, child or adult, being bested by the female. TD

Anthony Scaramucci OUT as White House Communications Director

Right after his wife divorced him for taking the job?

NY Times Scaramucci now gone.

Legal Insurrection

"After a mere ten days, Anthony Scaramucci is out as White House Communications Director. From The New York Times:
Mr. Scaramucci’s abrupt removal came just 10 days after the wealthy New York financier was brought on to the West Wing staff, a move that convulsed an already chaotic White House and led to the departures of Sean Spicer, the former press secretary, and Reince Priebus, the president’s first chief of staff.
The decision to remove Mr. Scaramucci, who had boasted about reporting directly to the president not the chief of staff, John F. Kelly, came at Mr. Kelly’s request, the people said. Mr. Kelly made clear to members of the White House staff at a meeting Monday morning that he is in charge.
It was not clear whether Mr. Scaramucci will remain employed at the White House in another position or will leave altogether.
"ABC News reported that Scaramucci resigned. The Times said that Trump removed him. We will update this post as more information comes out."

Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

When the left wins elections, are these the people who vote them into office?

Mr. McCain Goes to Washington

Adam Zyglis / Buffalo News

John Fund at National Review
"He chose to operate like the standard-issue politicians he likes to rail against."
 "In 2008, presidential candidate John McCain bravely proposed a health-care reform that Fortune magazine said was a giant step toward “laissez faire liberty” in health care. He wanted to empower consumers to find the best health care and even end the tax break for employer-sponsored plans. 

"In 2015, McCain joined all but one other GOP senator in voting to repeal Obamacare. The next year he ran an ad in his primary campaign against a Tea Party Republican claiming he was “leading the fight to stop Obamacare.” That ad helped him win 51 percent of the primary vote. 

"Just this year, McCain introduced a bill to “fully” repeal Obamacare and replace it with a “free-market approach that strengthens the quality and accessibility of care.” 

"Then, last Friday, McCain faced a choice on the Senate floor. He could vote with all but two of his GOP colleagues for “a skinny repeal” bill and get to a conference committee, where negotiators from the House and Senate could devise a bill that might pass both chambers. Or he could effectively leave Obamacare in place, dooming any realistic effort at curbing it given the uniform Democratic opposition to any real reform." . . .

Here's Why McCain Voted Against 'Skinny' Obamacare Repeal Bill
“We must now return to the correct way of legislating and send the bill back to committee, hold hearings, receive input from both sides of aisle, heed the recommendations of nation’s governors, and produce a bill that finally delivers affordable health care for the American people.”

The Trump administration threatened federal aid to Alaska if its two Senators didn't fall in line with yes votes on Obamacare repeal and replace efforts.

Report: Fans rising up against possible Kaepernick signing in Baltimore

 Yahoo Sports "If recent comments by Ravens coach John Harbaugh regarding the potential signing of quarterback Colin Kaepernick were meant to be a trial balloon, it apparently is made of lead.

"Mike Silver of NFL Media reports that the Ravens “have heard from numerous fans regarding Kaepernick in the last couple of days, many staunchly opposed to his signing.”
"It’s hardly a surprise, given that Giants co-owner John Mara already has provided all anti-Kaepernick fans with the blueprint for shouting down a potential Kaepernick signing.
“ 'All my years being in the league, I never received more emotional mail from people than I did about that issue,” Mara said in May. “If any of your players ever do that, we are never coming to another Giants game. It wasn’t one or two letters. It was a lot. It’s an emotional, emotional issue for a lot of people, moreso than any other issue I’ve run into.”
"It’s impossible to know whether the fans from whom the Ravens have heard are only Ravens fans, or whether they are fans of other teams who simply want to see Kaepernick remain unemployed. Regardless, it’s no surprise that those who don’t want to see Kaepernick on an NFL team are trying to block it from happening at a time when it appears that it could." . . .

Dangerous leak in the White House: Donald Trump Will Attack Weapons Site In North Korea ‘Within The Next Year’

Remember Obama leaking intel on an Israeli attack on the still-budding Iran nuclear program?

Weasel Zippers

"So here’s a question. Whoever is leaking this is most definitely leaking classified highly sensitive information. Either this is disinformation or it’s real and someone should go to jail and could undermine our potential actions.
Donald Trump is poised to order a military strike against North Korea ‘within the next year’ after the communist state said it had successfully fired a ballistic missile capable of hitting the US mainland.
Senior military sources in Washington DC told The Mail on Sunday that Pentagon officials have laid out plans to obliterate a nuclear weapons facility operating deep within a mountain in the rogue state.
The move, which could spark retaliation attacks from dictator Kim Jong-Un, would be a major step towards all-out war to stop North Korea from developing nuclear weapons. It comes after North Korea fired an intercontinental ballistic missile with a range of 6,500 miles on Friday night.
The Pentagon said the missile flew about 2,300 miles almost straight up before plunging into the sea off Japan about 620 miles from its launch site.

The Obama Administration Repeatedly Leaked Intel To Spite Israel

"In March 2012, four unnamed intelligence officials revealed details about Israel’s access to air bases in Azerbaijan in an effort to protect Iran from a potential Israeli strike. By doing so, the Obama administration prioritized its relationship with Iran, the world’s biggest state sponsor of terrorism, over Israel — a longtime ally to the United States with a stable, democratic government in a region that’s otherwise plagued with volatility."
The spiteful, vindictive, petulant Obama on display for the left to admire.

The Federalist

. . . "In 2013, the Department of Defense quietly declassified an intelligence report revealing details about Israel’s secret nuclear program. The timing is significant, as it occurred around the same time tensions between Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rapidly escalated, suggesting this may have been a swipe at Israel.
"The decision to declassify the report was a startling change in diplomatic protocol, as the United States had kept quiet about Israel’s development of nuclear arms for decades. Israel itself has never publicly acknowledged its nuclear program, for fear that it could escalate tensions in the region.
"Several months later, an Obama administration official told the press that Israel had carried out a strike on a Syrian military base, CNN reported. Israel did not take credit for the attack, and Israeli officials were “furious” about this leak, which reportedly came directly from the White House." . . .
It may be time for an "apology tour" to America's allies by President Trump.

Check your 'cognitive privilege,' all you smart people!

"One of my favorite expressions is "There's no fool like an educated fool," and I appreciate it from abundant personal experience.  Merit is under attack on both the left and the right, in part because it is so often confused with education and privilege."

Thomas Lifson  "Progressives, crazed with identifying new forms of oppression attached to the currently fashionable catchword "privilege," have finally embraced the stupid as a victim class.  Hey, let's celebrate stupidity!  Just ponder for a moment all the potential grand marshals for the inevitable Stupidity Day Parade in New York City once the stupid are organized into a grievance-powered pressure group. 
"And where else but at a university, a temple of higher learning? "
"In this case, one funded by taxpayers.  The following is from a genuine column in the student newspaper of the University of Iowa.  A student suddenly has discovered that being smart is just like being white: an unfair privilege. " . . .

In a related column, this student speaks of "micro moments" to support "white privilege".

John McCain: the hair in the GOP soup

"John McCain flew to Washington with brain cancer Tuesday to cast the deciding vote to put the GOP health care bill to a vote, then on Thursday he cast the deciding vote to kill the bill. Democrats hated him one day then loved him the next. He faces censure now for doing Comey’s act."   Comedian Argus Hamilton

Political Cartoons by Jerry Holbert


McCain to Begin Cancer Treatment Monday   . . . "He will undergo what is described as a "standard" regimen of radiation and chemotherapy. " . . .
I imagine the doctor telling McCain to not make any major decisions for the foreseeable future.

ObamaCare Fines Nailed The Working Class In 2017 And Other Unpopular Truths

Mike Lester cartoon

Investors Business Daily  "Preliminary data from the 2017 tax season are in, and they're shocking. Not only does it look like the working class bore the brunt of ObamaCare individual mandate penalties this year, but people with relatively modest incomes apparently paid a lot more than the Congressional Budget Office anticipated.

"The data underscore a reality that Democrats would prefer not to talk about: While ObamaCare has been a big help to the near-poor and those with major medical needs, it gives a bad deal to nearly everyone else. Even among working-class households earning 150% to 250% of the poverty level, supposedly among the law's biggest beneficiaries, just 1 in 3 people who lack insurance from other sources are getting silver coverage that will protect them from financial disaster. Most of the other two-thirds are uninsured, either because they or a spouse work full time and don't qualify for exchange subsidies, or else they've spurned subsidized bronze plans that carry $6,000-$7,000 deductibles — despite the threat of an individual-mandate penalty.

"The much-despised individual mandate was the central target of Republicans' chaotic, desperate effort this week to kill or wound the ACA in any way possible. Yet simply getting rid of the individual mandate, without addressing the ACA's underlying problems, would be a destructive act that would only increase premiums, which is the opposite of what Republicans say they want." . . .

Who actually DID sabotage health care?


 "Senate Republicans dodged a bullet Friday by failing to repeal Obamacare, when you consider the GOP won the House, the Senate, and the White House by opposing Obamacare. Why would they want to repeal it? By opposing Obamacare for one more election, they can win control of the House of Commons, the House of Lords and Buckingham Palace."
"The GOP health care bill failed to get to a House and Senate conference for final writing last Thursday. A poll of GOP voters favored paying for government-provided sex change operations for government workers. They wanted to install testicles on all male Republican members of Congress."  Comedian Argus Hamilton
Who sabotaged health care?  . . . "*Obama, Bernie, and many Democrats' goal for a long time has been to get to a single-payer government-run system.  They knew they couldn't sneak that through, so they did what they do best: they passed a bill that would destroy the private health insurance system under the guise that they were helping people.  The compliant media supported them every step of the way, as they stacked the bill with massive mandates that would obviously increase costs substantially, while they continually lied that costs would go down to intentionally mislead the public and members of Congress who, according to Pelosi, had to pass the bill to see what was in it." . . .
Why do the media willingly spread the garbage that Trump sabotaged Obamacare after six months in office, when it has been intentionally collapsing for seven years?  Are they that stupid or just willing puppets?  The media say Trump has done nothing his first six months in office, but somehow they credit him with ruining Obama's biggest domestic achievement.
*All well qualified to be governor of California, I might add.

Here comes that word "sabotage" again  . . . "While the GOP came up one vote short of repealing the individual mandate early Friday morning, the IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service thinks that the new data from the 2017 tax season suggest that President Trump's effort to undermine the mandate might be working." . . . 

Sunday, July 30, 2017

SNOPES TAKEN HOSTAGE: Left-Wing “Fact-Checker” Reveals It Has Lost Control Of Its Website

Noisy Room  "At one point in the distant past of the Interwebs, was taken seriously as a leading de-bunker of urban myths.
As the years went by, its founders — a once-married couple named David and Barbara Mikkelson — decided to drift into political commentary. As their site grew, they hired an openly partisan, left-wing blogger named Kim Lacapria.
"Lacapria had earlier declared herself “openly left-leaning” and very liberal. She has tarred conservatives as “teahadists” who “fear female agency”.
"After joining Snopes, Lacapria quickly found herself and the site embroiled in controversy as her various posts read like Democrat op-eds and not any sort of fact-checking.
"The Mikkelsons themselves are an interesting pair. They divorced in 2014, but appear to be engaged in a vicious battle over their assets. One court document accuses David of “raiding the corporate business Bardav bank account for his personal use… [which] he expended upon himself and the prostitutes he hired.” . . .
…"Snopes “is now in danger of closing its doors” and has been forced to hold a fundraising campaign (link intentionally omitted).
"In the letter David Mikkelson wrote describing the reason for the campaign, he admits that the company has lost control of its own website and says it’s being held “hostage” by a vendor it outsourced various services to.
"That’s a big deal. In fact, Mikkelson implies that the vendor could create, alter and delete any site contents it wants to. Thus far, he claims that hasn’t happened." . . .

Bob Vander Plaats to Trump: Wash Out Scaramucci's Mouth and Fire Him


Image: Bob Vander Plaats to Trump: Wash Out Scaramucci's Mouth and Fire Him
(L-R) Bob Vander Plaat, former U.S. Sen. Tim Hutchinson (R-AR),
Minute Man project founder Jim Gilchrist and former Arkansas
governor Mike Huckabee. 
"President Donald Trump must show leadership by "washing out" Anthony Scaramucci's mouth "with a bar of soap" and escorting him "personally off the White House grounds," Family Leader CEO Bob Vander Plaats said.
" 'I suggest you lead by first washing out Mr. Scaramucci’s mouth with a bar of soap," the Iowa evangelical leader said Friday on the organization's website. "After a thorough rinsing, strip his credentials and escort him personally off the White House grounds.
" 'President Trump must take quick and decisive action to preserve the legacy of our great republic," he said.
"Vander Plaats' column followed a tweet he posted Friday calling for Scaramucci's firing after he slammed outgoing White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and senior strategist Steve Bannon in a profane tirade with The New Yorker:

Gorka defends Trump’s transgender ban: Military ‘there to kill people and blow stuff up’

Joe Newby  "During a recent appearance on BBC Radio 4, White House aide Dr. Sebastian Gorka defended President Trup’s transgender ban in the military, saying that while the administration wants transgendered people to live happy lives, the military is there to perform a specific task and not to be a platform for social engineering.
“ 'The military is not a microcosm of civilian society,” he said. “They are not there to reflect America. They are there to kill people and blow stuff up. They are not there to be socially engineered. We want people who are transgender to live happy lives, but we want unit cohesion and we want combat effectiveness.”
"Here’s audio of his comments as posted by the BBC Radio 4’s Twitter account:"
. . . 
"A post at the Washington Examiner further noted:
The U.S. military has one goal: Protect and defend. Or as Article 1 section 8 of the Constitution reads, “to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions.”
The goal of the military is not a social experiment; it’s not even to see who is the most patriotic. (I’m a patriot but I couldn’t physically do what’s required of many of our service people.) Its job is not to see if men and women can both do the same amount of push-ups, or if a woman can hold up in a unit of mostly men without interrupting the männerbund, or if a woman who identifies as a man can drag a 170-pound male away from heavy gun fire.
Its job is not to pay for people to have elective surgeries so they feel more like a woman or a man.
While trans activists, including Caitlyn Jenner, are understandably upset about the ban, many members of the military who have seen active combat both support transgenders and agree with Trump’s decision, not because they are mean, old-fashioned bigots but because they view the active recognition of transgenders in the military as more of a petri dish of social experiments, wrapped in a progressive agenda.

Despicable: WaPo tracks down, doxxes Pickle, a nine-year-old Trump supporter

Joe Newby  "As part of the apparent effort to foment hate and violence against those who support President Trump, the Washington Post actually tracked down and identified a nine-year-old supporter of the president whose letter to the White House was read by Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Naturally, the Trump-hating propagandists at the Post didn’t believe that such a fan of the president could exist — naturally, because ALL liberals hate Trump, therefore, in their alleged “mind,” everyone MUST hate Trump except for Nazis and bigots.

Photo published for Operation Find Pickle
Photo added.
But it turns out the youngster, nicknamed “Pickle,” exists.  So naturally, the Post decided to identify him.

The Post hid their article behind a paywall, but Mediaite reported:

Thanks to some intrepid reporting by Monica Hesse of the Washington Post, we can now say that Pickle, the human, is not a figment of anyone’s imagination.
"He’s a real boy. . . .
More here.
Intrepid? Please.  Keep in mind this is the same Democrat-media complex that sees Russians behind every blade of grass, and thinks you’re a neo-Nazi if you have a short haircut.  They have yet to find any proof of their Trump-Russia conspiracy theory, but hey, they can find a nine-year-old boy who loves the president.
"According to Mediaite, the letter shocked reporters so much they actually became “Pickle-truthers” and refused to believe he exists." . . .

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Watch Classless McCain Betray the Republican Party, Whoop It Up with Democrats

Independent Sentinel  "The dramatic moments before and after he betrayed the Republicans and his country

“ 'Watch the show,” the Arizona senator told the media when he first entered the senate chamber.
"When he arrived, he held a brief conversation with Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer ( D-N.Y.), an exchange that left Schumer smiling, the Washington Post reported.
"Schumer knew what was about to happen.
“ 'I knew it when he walked on the floor,” Schumer later recounted, explaining that McCain had already called to share his plans.
"But few, if any, of his Republican colleagues knew what was going to happen, WaPo reported." . . .
"Watch the video as the self-important John McCain makes a dramatic entrance into the Senate chamber to vote against the “skinny bill”. He walked to the center of the room to grandstand, paused, held out his hand dramatically to get attention, and gave the thumbs down like a pompous fool. Senator Bernie Sanders appeared to know what was about to happen."

Kelly’s first task: Stabilize the West Wing

"Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly has griped privately for months about the disarray at the White House. Now he’s tasked with bringing order to the chaos. 7/29/2017 Kelly’s first task: Stabilize the West Wing 

"When he officially becomes chief of staff on Monday, Kelly, a no-nonsense retired Marine Corps general, will be thrust into the center of the West Wing soap opera, where President Donald Trump’s policy agenda regularly gets preempted by feuding advisers and headline-grabbing scandals.

"It remains to be seen whether Kelly can succeed where Reince Priebus failed — by figuring out a way to rein in an unpredictable president and put a lid on the steady stream of drama at the White House.

"Privately, White House aides and others close to the administration acknowledged it won’t be easy. Even without Priebus, the West Wing remains fractured, with advisers competing for influence over the president.

“ 'I think this is the best and last shot,” said one person close to Kelly. “This is it.”

Best visual commentary ever on transgenders in the military?

Bookworm Room   "It’s quite possible that this is the best poster yet made to comment on the whole transgenders in the military debacle — a debacle predicated on a lie."

"And if you want the proper commentary to go with that poster, I highly recommend Brendan O’Neill’s brutal honestyabout the Orwellian thinking that is being pushed on ordinary people. His starting point is the Tory proposal that people can edit their birth certificates at will to state their preferred gender (of the moment):
It’s madness. And most people know it’s madness. Ask any normal, decent member of the public if Dave, 32, born a boy, still in possession of a penis, and a five o’clock shadow on a rough weekend, is a man or a woman, and I bet you they will say: ‘Man.’ Not because they are prejudiced or ‘transphobic’ – the latest phobia slur designed to pathologise dissent – but because they understand reality. And truth. And biology and experience. They know that in order to be a woman, you first have to have been a girl. 

But the true person in charge of the White House was first lady Michelle Obama.

UK Daily Mail  . . . 'She's the boss,' Mostromonaco said. 
'If he was mad at you for any reason, you'd be, like, "OK." If she was mad at you . . . if you thought for some reason she might be, you were, like, "I'm in so much trouble

'Obama turned to me and said, "Look, he was really into you. And if you don't email him, I will.",' she writes in her book about her time working with Obama called Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? 

The Maverick shoots down any chance of Obamacare repeal

Legal Insurrection "Overnight the Senate failed to pass a so-called “skinny” repeal of Obamacare, when three Republican Senators (Collins, Murkowski and McCain) voted against the measure.
"Whether the “skinny” repeal was an actual repeal was doubtful. As unveiled late last night, it removed the mandate, the medical device tax, and defunded Planned Parenthood, but it was something of a charade. Several Senators voted for it only after Paul Ryan gave some assurance that the Senate bill could be subject to a conference with the House, and would not be passed by the House as is.
"But passing the “skinny” repeal kept hope alive that there might emerge some meaningful form of Obamacare repeal. The defeat of the bill killed any form of Obamacare repeal for the foreseeable future.
"Collins and Murkowski always were expected to vote No, but McCain was the surprise. Even though Murkowski and McCain* had voted in 2015 for full, clean repeal of Obamacare, they didn’t have the guts to put their votes where their mouths had been just a couple of years ago." . . .

GOP flip-floppers were in favor of repeal before they were against it  . . . "Based on a tweet from political operative Jack Posobiec, "[m]ultiple Hill staffers confirm last night McCain was heard laughing w Dems and remarked, 'Lets see Donald make america great again now'."  Mission accomplished.  Revenge is best served cold, and here is one of Trump's signature campaign issues, served ice cold on the morgue slab, ready for the incinerator.
"Never mind what McCain promised his constituents.  He is now the darling of the left and the NeverTrumps.  He will be invited on all the Sunday talk shows, basking in his "maverick" glow. 
"If McCain is "flip," then Murkowski is "flop."  In 2015, she was also in favor of repealing Obamacare, telling Alaskans, "I will support the bill that repeals the ACA and wipes out its harmful impacts."  Not so this week." . . .
You picked a fine time to leave us, McCain   . . . We wish Senator McCain well.  He faces serious health challenges, but a lot of us won't forget what he did this time."