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Unseated GOP Congressman: John McCain Lost the House

Rep. Jason Lewis, R-Minn., who was defeated in his bid for reelection, has a theory that makes a lot of sense about why Republicans lost the House: John McCain.

According to exit polls, the top issue on people’s minds as they entered the polling stations was health care. That was by design. Democrats waged a massive, national effort to convince voters that if Republicans maintained control of the House, they’d take away the right to get health care regardless of preexisting conditions.

Lewis writes in the Wall Street Journal:

The Republican Party lost its House majority on July 28, 2017, when Sen. John McCain ended the party’s seven-year quest to repeal ObamaCare. House leadership had done an admirable job herding cats. On the second try, we passed the American Health Care Act in May. Then McCain’s inscrutable vote against the Senate’s “skinny repeal” killed the reform effort.

McCain’s last-minute decision prompted a “green wave” of liberal special-interest money, which was used to propagate false claims that the House plan “gutted coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.” That line was the Democrats’ most potent attack in the midterms.

It was endlessly repeated by overt partisans in the media . . . because the AHCA didn’t pass, it was impossible to refute the lies about it.

And since the plan had not passed, it was possible to create fear about the prospect that it would.

McCain will go down as one of the great men of our time because he was palatable to Democrats, at least as long as he wasn’t running for president. And Democrats write history.

His conduct under capitivity during the Vietnam War was heroic. But his career as a senator was marked at times by deep concern for . . . John McCain. His support for campaign finance reform, I believe, was an attempt to revive his reputation after the Keating Five scandal. And his vote against Obamacare repeal was pure vengeance against President Trump, who had insulted him. It was petty, and it harmed the country.

 

30 Responses to Unseated GOP Congressman: John McCain Lost the House

  1. I’ll forever regret donating $1500 to his presidential campaign (actually it was in support of Palin) and his pettiness toward Rs ; he loved Ds! His best buds were Harry Reid and Teddy Kennedy!!!! WTF does he think he was fooling? I despise the PoS.

  2. Robinson Risner was a friend of mine’s uncle. He was a POW (7 years) during the same time as McCain). He wrote a book, also. Polar opposite of McCain.

  3. I lost respect for John McCain when he gave draft-dodger Bill Clinton political cover to normalize relations with Vietnam while they were (and are) stalling on resolving the MIA/POW issue.

    The fact that he ran one of the most inept Presidential campaigns in history didn’t help.

    His post campaign trashing of Sarah Palin and the pile on against her by the GOP establishment will go down as one of the greatest mistakes the Republicans made in the 20th Century. She could have been the female Reagan for the 21st Century if she had gotten the support of the party. Instead we got two terms of Obama and narrowly dodged the bullet from Hillary. Thanks a lot Lawrence Eagleburger et al.

  4. I wonder if his sons are following his lead in the armed forces? Always look out for number 1, God help the men that serve along side those 2.
    Do his sons use the VA services? Do they hate The CIC? No honor,no reverance from me.

  5. Fuck McCain. I’m glad the duplicitous prick is lying in a hole somewhere. The Gooks should have killed him, but instead we have been forced to suffer his ego all these years.

  6. I was thinking that John McCain and to some extent Jeff Flake, were the cause of McSally’s loss to Sinema. They poisoned the well for the GOP in Arizona. People were rightly disgusted by the behavior of those two GOP senators. They were turned off and probably did not come out to vote in this election.

    • General F.F., the aristocratic, religion-respecting leader of the RIGHT (like President Trump) & his men saved Spain from Manuel Azana , leader of the ‘Republicans’ comprised of ‘democrats/communists/anarchists of the LEFT (like McCain).

  7. The Democratic candidate in the district where I’m register sent a letter asking for my vote. One thing he supported was Medicare for All because health care is a RIGHT (I did the capitals).

    The Republican incumbent got 60% and he got about 38% of the vote. He is first generation American from India. He wrote his parents got by on minimum wages. He went to UCLA. That is pretty good considering his parents were poor.

    • Great way to treat a war hero. And here you are in full reverence of a guy who dodged the draft FIVE TIMES. not once, not twice, but FIVE TIMES!

      Don’t worry. Because very much like the Nuremberg Trials, people like you who blindly follow a traitor, will be in as much shit as your Führer will be In the next few days.

      But respect our troops right? Unless it’s someone who doesn’t kiss your Führer’s ass.

      • I’m thinking of a certain politician who published a ghostwritten autobiography before he ran for political office, and another memoir after that.

        It’s kind of ironic, if you think about it, because this man was trying to hide his family background on his way up the political ranks.

        So much so, in fact, that he changed his last name, and a lot of effort went into concealing his birth certificate.

        Still, the man was preternaturally gifted at giving speeches. He could fill an outdoor stadium for one of his rallies, and there would be ladies in the crowd that would faint. It was obvious that the man was speaking a lot of untruths, but the people were so mesmerized that they didn’t care.

        And this man had his supporters. Oh, did he ever. His supporters were known for following him blindly, without question. There were songs of admiration written about him, and he had a small army of young volunteers to advance his ideology.

        We should have seen it coming. The man used domestic terrorists to launch his political career.

        And after he assumed the highest office in the land, he ruled in direct disregard for the will of the people…and displayed a startling amount of animosity toward the Jewish people.

        Yeah, things were never the same, after that cold January day, when he was sworn into office…

        as Chancellor of Germany, in 1933.

        My point, jackass, is that if you want to go reductio ad hitlerum on American presidents, you’re going to find a lot more commonalities with the previous occupant of the White House, than the current one.

      • War hero? Methinks you need to dig a little deeper into McCain’s wartime history. Look especially hard into his standing at the Naval Academy, how in spite of this standing, he was appointed to flight school. His gross negligence onboard an aircraft carrier that led to many deaths. His defiance of protocol tha resulted in him being shot down. His preferred treatment at the hand of his viet cong captors due to his collaboration and the fact that his father was cic of all viet forces.

  8. McCain’s “Tokyo Rose” recording is on YouTube. Nobody has adequately refuted it, and it certainly is his voice. To say “His conduct under capitivity (sic) during the Vietnam War was heroic” based on the testimony of an honorable man describing sounds he heard is naive at best. Those can be faked, or if not can lead to treasonous capitulation in violation of the UCMJ. We send our pilots to SERE schools for a reason. Listen to his broadcast ascribing moral superiority to his Communist captors then decide.

  9. UCMJ should be correctly stated as Code of Conduct, specifically Article V. My apologies.

    Article V:
    When questioned, should I become a prisoner of war, I am required to give name, rank, service number and date of birth. I will evade answering further questions to the utmost of my ability. I will make no oral or written statements disloyal to my country and its allies or harmful to their cause.