Haha you fogeys are posting too much meta in your mutual trolling threads, it's like when somebody is on SNL doing a sketch on Weekend Update and they start getting the giggles. Like Stefon or Pete Davidson on recent SNL. Absolutely hilarious to watch but you're not supposed to do it
Personally I suspect John McCain was indeed many of the things we've seen backed by evidence. Hotheaded spoiled rich brat, self serving politician, man who got caught up when trying - whether skilfully or otherwise - to do what his country asked of him in war, and paid a brutal price for it. I think if I added it all up, as someone very far to the left I'd say he's a terrible politician... but he will not sell out and bend over for Trump. That's why I respect the man at the end of the day.
I watched his statements during the ACA drama. John McCain and I do not agree on a lot. But he has a line beyond which he would not go when it came to the cheapening of civic discourse and political process in that same country which required such a high price from him as a POW. He received a death sentence - median survival from diagnosis of glioblastoma multiforme is measured in months - and said you know what? F this. I will be one of the few in my party to stand up and say, Trump and allllll those who dream of riding in on Trump's coattails, people like that bloated Nazi Steve Bannon and the creepy tiki-torch brownshirts, and that vile little toad from Alabama waiting in the wings? Not okay.
I think John McCain's actual reasons for that ACA vote were twofold.
Reason #1: F you, Trump. You want this "achievement" to crow about, and for your "legacy," yet I alone hold the power, muahahahah, etc etc. Brilliantly played. Guess Trump shouldn't have been such an a-hole during the campaign huh? Tsk, tsk. Find me a person who finds fault with reason #1 and you've found the lowest of the low, a tribalist who'll lick the boots but never wear any himself.
Reason #2: The sheer blatant nakedness of the Republican swamp trying to railroad through the gutting of the ACA, in secret, without even a DEBATE. That law *undeniably* gave MILLIONS of Americans health care who had no access to it before, including if I recall correctly, plenty in Arizona. The ACA affects millions of lives and tens or hundreds of thousands of jobs in the health care sector. The Republican swamp creatures and their garish clown of a "leader" were trying to knife it in a dark alley and stuff the suit with a bill they wrote in secret. Not okay.
Not okay for the stability of American constitutional government, not okay for the ability of government to solve problems and provide for the people who elected it, not okay for the state of civic discourse at our dinner tables and on our failbook feeds, and beyond that, it's a basic d*ck move and this is the Senate, for god's sake, can we please not let that go even more to the dogs than it already has when America so desperately *needs* all her checks and balances restraining the executive branch?
McCain I suspect would have happily done terrible things to the ACA under regular procedure, but that's not what was at issue. He got handed a death sentence one day and a golden opportunity to speak his conscience from the bully pulpit the next, and at that time - some might say for the first time - he really stood up.
All my interpretation of course, but that's why I respect him while intensely disagreeing with him. The fact that millions of poor people get to keep their coverage, and that Obama's one masterwork play, the camel's nose under the tent strategy with a public benefit juuuust barely good enough for just enough people who will now fight to the bitter end before they see it taken away? Well, that's a nice bonus for the people who need one most... and for John McCain's legacy. Thanks, John.