McCain in the spot­light

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

Re “On a night of high drama, McCain held cen­ter stage,” July 29

Sen. John McCain en­cour­ages his col­leagues to “stop the po­lit­i­cal games­man­ship” and put the needs of the coun­try first. Re­ally?

McCain has re­de­fined po­lit­i­cal games­man­ship. First, his dra­matic post-op Se­nate en­trance and vote that kept the hate­ful Mc­Connell-Trump-Ryan health­care scheme in play.

Then, oh-so-dra­mat­i­cally, he stands in the well of the Se­nate, right arm out­stretched as col­leagues hold their col­lec­tive breaths. With a quick thumbs down, McCain seals the fate of this mis­be­got­ten pa­thetic ex­cuse for leg­is­la­tion that never should have even seen the light of day.

McCain and fel­low GOP Sens. Murkowski and Collins are now hailed as he­roes.

But con­sider this: All three ex­pressed grave reser­va­tions about Trump be­fore the elec­tion, yet none stood on prin­ci­ple af­ter the elec­tion and lob­bied to keep elec­tors from hand­ing Trump the pres­i­dency.

Think of the grief they could have saved the coun­try and the world if they and nearly 200 GOP elected of­fi­cials, who knew what a trav­esty a Trump pres­i­dency would be, had at least made an all-out ef­fort to block him.

That would have been heroic.

Claude Gold­en­berg

Seal Beach

I be­lieve the old war­rior, the war hero, knew ex­actly what he was do­ing. Sen. McCain, with whom I of­ten dis­agree, voted for de­bate con­sis­tent with his be­lief that leg­is­la­tion should be openly de­bated, know­ing all along that he would vote against any mea­sure that the GOP power bro­kers brought to the floor.

I think he knew any such bill was bound to fail the “smell test;” that is, it would not be prop­erly vet­ted, nor would it ad­vance the cause of bet­ter health­care for Amer­i­cans. Bravo, Sen. McCain.

James Stiven


There will be all kinds of long ar­ti­cles writ­ten on what hap­pened with the health­care vote in the Se­nate. It can be eas­ily de­scribed in two very sim­ple sen­tences. When Don­ald Trump was run­ning for pres­i­dent, he said about Sen. McCain: “He was a war hero be­cause he was cap­tured. I like peo­ple who weren’t cap­tured.”

On the Se­nate floor, Sen. McCain said just one word: “Gotcha.”

Bill Simp­son

Ran­cho Pa­los Verdes

I salute this brave sol­dier for his for­ti­tude to stand up to this cruel ad­min­is­tra­tion.

The Oba­macare health plan is not per­fect, but with bi­par­ti­san par­tic­i­pa­tion it could be im­proved.

The GOP seems to have no qualms about the wel­fare of Amer­i­can peo­ple, but wants only to in­crease the cof­fers of the wealth­i­est.

Peter Jansz


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