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Fri May 11, 2018, 01:39 PM

McConnell & McCain's famous thumbs-down on the ACA repeal.

I think it was a ruse. A fake. A con.
I think republicans needed cover for years of promises to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but they knew it was be costly to abruptly yank healthcare away from people who were finally getting the help they needed.
I don't think McConnell would have called the vote without securing the votes first, and he sure as hell wouldn't have stood in the galley as its poster boy unless he knew he had the votes. No, I don't think Mitch was standing there as some sort of bully to keep his folks in line. I think McCain's thumbs-down and McConnell's dramatic facial expression was all theater. And by all appearances, it worked.

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Reply McConnell & McCain's famous thumbs-down on the ACA repeal. (Original post)
OneBro May 2018 OP
brooklynite May 2018 #1
OneBro May 2018 #2
brooklynite May 2018 #4
unblock May 2018 #8
Bok_Tukalo May 2018 #3
OneBro May 2018 #5
BannonsLiver May 2018 #6
OneBro May 2018 #7

Response to OneBro (Original post)

Fri May 11, 2018, 01:41 PM

1. I don't find McConnell to be that clever.

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Response to brooklynite (Reply #1)

Fri May 11, 2018, 01:44 PM

2. And yet, Gorsuch is on the US Supreme Court.

There is a cost to underestimating their skills at going lower each time we go higher.

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Response to OneBro (Reply #2)

Fri May 11, 2018, 01:47 PM

4. ...becausee of brute force politics, not clever theater.

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Response to brooklynite (Reply #4)

Fri May 11, 2018, 02:13 PM

8. exactly. thug is pretty much the opposite of clever.

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Response to OneBro (Original post)

Fri May 11, 2018, 01:47 PM

3. 99.999% of the time, what is happening in front of you

... is what, in fact, is happening.

My two cents.

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Response to Bok_Tukalo (Reply #3)

Fri May 11, 2018, 01:53 PM

5. Which reminds me of a Karl Rove quote.

"We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors ... and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do."

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Response to OneBro (Original post)

Fri May 11, 2018, 01:54 PM

6. I think you're overthinking it.

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Response to BannonsLiver (Reply #6)

Fri May 11, 2018, 01:58 PM

7. Maybe. Or is it being underthunk?

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