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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Senator John McCain (R-AZ) took his fight against the Republican Party’s “wacko bird” crusade to destroy the Affordable Care Act into hostile territory on Friday, reminding Fox News that the government shutdown is actually the GOP’s fault.

Appearing on America’s Newsroom, McCain was asked about the Obama administration’s handling of the suspension of death benefits for military families. While the Arizona Republican did not hesitate to blast the White House for a response that he described as “terribly mismanaged,” McCain made sure to remind host Martha MacCallum who is ultimately responsible.

“Let’s have a little straight talk, Martha,” McCain said. “[The Obama administration] wouldn’t have had the opportunity to handle it that way if we had not shut down the government on a fool’s errand that we were not going to accomplish. The whole premise of shutting down the government was the repeal of Obamacare.”

“If we hadn’t shut down the government, this wouldn’t have happened.”

Towards the end of the interview, McCain listed a number of issues on which he believes the GOP could negotiate with President Obama, but reiterated that “defunding Obamacare is not one of them.”

“Well, we’ll see,” MacCallum replied.

“I guarantee it,” McCain shot back with a laugh. “Not only will you see it, I guarantee it.” The dose of reality prompted an audible sigh from MacCallum, who quickly transitioned away, lest Fox News’ bubble get burst any further.

Both public polling and common sense back up McCain’s assertion; the Republican decision to withhold funding for the government unless the Affordable Care Act gets delayed or defunded has done nothing to halt the law’s implementation, and has actually made the law more popular with the American public.

H/t: Talking Points Memo

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  • Jeremy Vajda

    The Maverick doing some straight talk. Refreshing.

    • Zoey Kay

      Too bad the fools at Fox didn’t want to hear it.

      • March, 2007…


        “Hi, my name is Barak Obama.

        America is the greatest country in the world.

        Help elect me to change it.”


        “Vote for me, I suck less…”



  • disqus_ivSI3ByGmh

    Never let it be said that Fox News allowed the truth to change its message.

  • Lynda Groom

    I’m certainly not a great fan of McCain, but in this case he was giving it to her straight. Unfortunately she was not bright enough to understand reality. That must be a requirement of employment at faux.

  • charleo1

    As Marco Rubio is one of the three T-Party Senators, along with Mike Lee, and Ted Cruz, that are leading the charge to either bring down the National economy, or
    repeal the healthcare law. I thought it would be beneficial to include the insurance
    situation in Miami-Dade Country Fl. Where Senator Rubio makes his home. This is
    data from 2000-2007. Long before the healthcare reform law, they claim is causing
    people to lose their insurance coverage. The data was also gathered prior to the
    huge job losses Fl. suffered in the housing collapse, and subsequent recession.
    In 2000, Miami-Dade ranked sixth highest in terms of the percent of uninsured persons among all counties in Florida. By 2007, the situation slightly improved and the County moved down to seventh place. However, the percent of uninsured persons in the County increased, during the period, from 21.5% to 30.2%. In 2007, 602,864 out of 1,997,665 people under 65 in the County did not have health insurance, the highest level recorded in South Florida. Of all uninsured persons under 65, 322,906 or 53.6% were at or below 200% of the poverty line. Within this subgroup, 51.1% or 165,048 were women.

    • wesley rasmussen

      And those statistics PROVE to the Tea Pottier that they knew the ACA was coming and ti started wrecking them and their coverage that far in advance of its passage and implementation.

      Those guys are GENIUSES!!!!

      • wesley rasmussen

        And all that before there was even a Tea Party!!!! INCREDIBLE!!!

        • Allan Richardson

          You can do wonderful things with a time machine, like plant a birth announcement in a 1961 Honolulu newspaper. I hear Cruz is reading “Guns of the South” and working on time travel (unpaid plug from a fan of Harry Turtledove). But really, if the DEMS had a time machine, President Gore would have gotten Bin Laden in 2002.

  • adler56

    MacCallum is a TYPICAL Fox airhead with racist views. She must have had parents who were similar.

  • Defend The Constitution

    While the liberty school regards majority decisions of law as desirable, it also recognizes that majority decisions may not make good law.

    • charleo1

      But at the end of the day, the majority must be allowed to govern.
      It seems to me the American voters make their collective decision
      on the political party that most closely represents their will. And the
      losing political party obstructs that collective will, at their own peril.
      Majority decisions are not only desirable, but foundational to the
      supreme directive of the Constitution. That the power to govern is
      only granted by the consent of the governed. For people to
      acknowledge the necessity of government, yet remain free. It is
      essential for the losers of a political contest, to respect and uphold
      the Constitutional processes, that threw them out on their ear.
      Than to continue to attack the winners, and the system itself,
      because they failed to make their case. The Constitution has no
      stronger defenders, than those who allow themselves to be governed,
      by those with whom they disagree. And do this solely on their faith, and allegiance to the Constitution of their Country. It is the essence of

      • Allan Richardson

        Very true. While some historians point to George Washington’s retiring after two terms as the proof that democratic republicanism worked, others say it was REALLY proven when Adams lost to Jefferson and did not resist being voted out.

        • charleo1

          I can see merit in both contentions. Washington, and all these
          guys, were acutely aware of the pitfalls of self governance.
          And understood the importance of conducting themselves,
          not only by the law. But, in the spirit behind the law. So, even
          as Washington’s dislike of the Presidency was well known.
          He was keenly aware, almost everything he did set a precedent. And remarkably, today our President is confronting the concern about the precedent he would set in rewarding those with concessions. Who have intentionally constructed a crisis, by refusing to uphold the duties assigned to them by The Constitution. At it’s heart, this is not about oppositional disagreements over policy. It’s about weakening the office of President. The motivations become clearer when assessing the probabilities of the Republican Right, in their current state, of ever electing a President in the foreseeable future. I do believe they are aware that they have taken themselves out of the running. So then they conclude, we must blackmail, and threaten every Democratic President that comes into office!

      • yeehaw

        @Charleo1…Great analysis of how our government is suppose to work. It’s really sad that elected officials sent not only to represent their individual districts but also what’s best for the whole nation has resorted to Extortion. I can tell you from personal experience that I’ve been the minority on a host of Laws and Decisions made by our elected officials, but never considered such extreme actions just to make a point!!!

    • Allan Richardson

      The right wing has made some bad law too (like taking away my tax deductible credit card interest, but not real estate interest), but we liberals have to obey them, unless there is a true moral principle AND we are willing to be legally punished, as Thoreau was for refusing to pay war taxes.

  • jaimie bisbee

    my Aunty Lyla just got a stunning yellow Mitsubishi Eclipse
    Convertible by working from a computer. pop over to these guys J­a­m­2­0­.­ℂ­o­m

    • miguele3

      It’s about time Aunty (sp) Lyla got a new car. It’s too bad about her penchant to kill randomly.

    • nirodha

      If she was any good at her friggin’ computer job, she’d be driving a Maserati or a Ferrari. Buzz off, Jaimie!

    • Ed Sommers

      Jaimie be spamming.


    I don’t always agree with McCain but respect him for telling it like it is & he is correct on this one…TEA PARTY DOA 2014. BTW why does Ted (Rafael) Cruz prefer not to use his Cuban name?

    • Lynda Groom

      No pride in his heritage perhaps.

      • Allan Richardson

        Not among THAT group! He’s in the same position as one of Dave Chappelle’s characters: the blind black Klansman who was raised in a school for the blind among bigoted blind white kids and doesn’t know he is black. And the other Klansmen accept him until he takes off his hood.

        • nirodha

          Yeah. in the country of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.

          • Yvette White


        • Yvette White

          LMAO but a dame good take on the asshole Cruz

  • howa4x

    This shows the split between the tea party and other republicans who are trying to distance themselves from it

  • JDavidS

    While I disagree with some of his politics, I’ve never had any problem with Senator McCain. This is a man who has walked the talk and has put his ass on the line for his country, unlike most of the assholes around him. Shame there’s not more like him and less like Lyin’ Ryan, Cruz, Akin, Perry et al.
    Good on ya, sir. And thank you for your service.