[Ed. – It might have been more impressive if John McCain had ranted against Collins and Murkowski — who after all, unlike the “bombastic loudmouths” of the media, actually voted AGAINST proceeding with the repeal bill.]
McCain’s vote was pivotal as Republicans, who hold a 52-seat majority, scrambled to round up 50 votes on a motion to advance legislation to repeal Obamacare.
McCain did not announce in advance whether he would support Tuesday’s “motion to proceed,” but he marched onto the floor to a standing ovation from his colleagues and voted “aye.” Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska voted no, requiring Vice President Pence to cast the tie-breaking vote in favor. …
Standing in the well of the Senate with the surgical scar over his left eyebrow clearly visible, McCain urged his colleagues to “stop listening to the bombastic loudmouths” on radio, television and the Internet who rail against compromise. “To hell with them!” McCain said.