Senate Republicans all but admitted defeat Tuesday in their seven-year quest to overturn the Affordable Care Act, acknowledging that they lacked the votes to make good on their vow to “repeal and replace” President Barack Obama’s signature legislative accomplishment.

Hours after GOP leaders abandoned a bill to overhaul the law known as Obamacare, their fallback plan — a proposal to repeal major parts of the law without replacing them — quickly collapsed. 

A trio of moderate Republicans quashed the idea, saying it would irresponsibly snatch insurance coverage from millions of Americans. 

“I did not come to Washington to hurt people,” tweeted Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), who joined Sens. Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) in opposing immediate repeal. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who spent weeks trying to knit together his fractious caucus in support of the original GOP legislation, said he would nonetheless schedule a vote “early next week” on the repeal plan. But he appeared to acknowledge that it seemed doomed.

“This has been a very, very challenging experience for all of us,” McConnell told reporters. “It’s pretty obvious that we don’t have 50 members who can agree on a replacement.”  The  Senate’s healthcare overhaul appears to be in trouble after two more Republicans say they oppose a revised version of the bill. 

The collapse of the effort marks a devastating political defeat for congressional Republicans and for President Trump, who had pledged to roll back the Affordable Care Act on “Day One” of his presidency. 

It also leaves millions of consumers who receive health insurance through the law in a kind of administrative limbo, wondering how their care will be affected now that the program is in the hands of government officials who have rooted openly for its demise.

Old school political player, Senate Minority and now Majority leader (a spinner, in my book he could be called a traitor) made the opening statement on the first days of Obamas first term that he was out to destroy the Presidents chances for a second term.  Almost  promoting any kind of lies and deceptions as the titular head of his party.   

We pay him to help the country, not ruin it.  His team lost, Americans are better than he thought they were and we saw right through his prejudice, period, his hopes of the South rising again dimmed and hopefully so does his political future. 

Over four hundred bills per year over eight years lie dead in the House because of him.  If this was Russia he would be deader than the bills. When he has a re-election coming up, hopefully he is not really the one to carry the Republican banner in the Senate.  A new face is needed. Sorely needed.  Compromise and compassion fell the way of obstructionism and freedom of speech became freedom to lie.  

And it was a coal train owned by the KOCH Brothers.  Democracy in their minds is a CORP-OCRACY.  Big business dumped a large part of the 1.3 billion dollars into the election. They tried to buy it. Fortunately for the country the train wrecked and now the TEA PARTY has grabbed the locomotive, which became the base for TRUMP and the biggest abomination the country has ever had.  This is Leninist thinking.

Thats why I go back to Einstein, when I see things that I don't agree with, and I will do that here often enough for you to believe me. Basically this is his definition of insanity, “Is doing the same thing over and over and over again and expecting a different outcome. Thats fairly simple, to the point and makes sense to me.

People are getting tired of "NO" because thats the way an idiot thinks. We pay these people to represent us and work out solutions, not to stalemate a government and let the people suffer.

The other problem with No lately seems to be "NO TRUTH". It's not just a party of No, the truth is the victim here. Distortion, lies spearheaded by incompetents seemed to rise to a new level with the advent of the social media, the web and voices of bad choices like the Palin's and the Bachmans. Mostly lies and distortions, snips and snipes.

If we use the same political insight instead of the talent thats out there, we will achieve the same result. It's the Washington party mentality that leaks down through the system to the state and local levels.  And all parties have the same problem, the choice as to whether the person is there to serve the people or to serve themselves because the stakes are so big. 

It's embedded in the system and nothing will get better unless we change the system.  It appears our system is to serve the party and the politicians and not the people.

He secretly tried to replace President Obama with an ultra Conservative, preferably with a WHITE GUY.  And the collection of losers, birthers, celebrants, religiously biased nuts who think this is the United States of Jesus, and a mass of unqualified A-Holes all stepped up to the pump.  

And found out the TEA PARTY had bought the gas station and was pumping gas but the guy with the Zippo, was Cruz.  That was then, and now he has TRUMP to contend with.  And like a true scumbag after having his wife and father  multilated by TRUMPS comments, Senator Cruz, the coward flipped and now is another personal ass-kisser to the President. 

The Democrats had enough ammo on whoever won without spending a dime, till TRUMP came along and changed the whole game plan for the Republicans and Democrats.  

One by one the mighty best of the GOP, the Magnificent sixteen they were vanquished by you guessed it… money, lies  and TRUMP.   With free advertising by the media for his cause.  

And thats why one woman other than Palin“Bat-Shit Crazy” Michelle Bachmann opened her big mouth like she normally does and comes out with something either strange, hilarious, perverted or stupid.  She didn't read the part about men only, this is the GOP.  When the GOP finest stepped forward they were in a circle it seems, and splendored in shooting each others balls off.  

She was content to shoot her mouth off.   It appears she was well qualified in that respect exhibiting deep-throating a humongous sausage at her state fair.  Read more about her here...  


“No majority leader wants written on his tombstone that he presided over the end of the Senate,” the minority leader said. 
He continued: “Breaking the rules to change the rules is un-American. I just hope the majority leader thinks about his legacy, the future of his party, and, most importantly, the future of our country before he acts.” 

Are these the words of Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) as the Republican majority changed Senate rules this week to do away with filibusters of Supreme Court nominations? 

Actually, they were uttered in 2013, by then-Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), when Democrats pushed through a similar filibuster change for lesser nominations.   That McConnell did a 180 on the topic — going from the institutional defender of the filibuster to the man who destroyed it — is unsurprising. He has frequently shifted his views to suit the needs of the moment. But in this case McConnell was correct in 2013, and what he just did this week was even more ruinous than what he accused the Democrats of doing then. 

By rights, McConnell’s tombstone should say that he presided over the end of the Senate. And I’d add a second line: “He broke America.” No man has done more in recent years to undermine the functioning of U.S. government. His has been the epitome of unprincipled leadership, the triumph of tactics in service of short-term power. 

After McConnell justified his filibuster-ending “nuclear option” by saying it would be beneficial for the Senate, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said this: “Whoever says that is a stupid idiot.” 

McConnell is no idiot. He is a clever man who does what works for him in the moment, consequences be damned. 

Back in 1994, McConnell lamented to the conservative Heritage Foundation that Republicans hadn’t used the filibuster enough: “I am a proud guardian of gridlock. I think gridlock is making a big comeback in the country.” 

For the next quarter-century, he made sure of it. Back then he was fighting all attempts at campaign-finance reform and spending limits, championing disclosure of contributions as the antidote. But when the Supreme Court allowed unlimited “dark money” in campaigns without disclosure, McConnell reversed course and has fought all attempts to enact disclosure. 

McConnell famously declared in 2010: “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”   “Note: At that point he became the contender for the Political Scumbag of the Year

ProPublica’s Alec MacGillis, author of a McConnell biography, “The Cynic,” reports former Republican senator Robert Bennett’s account of what McConnell told fellow Republicans after Obama’s election: “Mitch said, ‘We have a new president with an approval rating in the 70 percent area. We do not take him on frontally.
We find issues where we can win, and we begin to take him down, one issue at a time. We create an inventory of losses, so it’s Obama lost on this, Obama lost on that.

And that’s what he did. By 2013, for example, 79 of Obama’s nominees had been blocked by filibusters, compared with 68 in the entire previous history of the Republic. 

After Justice Antonin Scalia’s death was confirmed last year, it took McConnell less than an hour to say that the vacancy should be filled by the next president. He called keeping Obama’s nominee off the court “one of my proudest moments.” 

While other Republicans have at times been willing to criticize President Trump’s outrages, McConnell has been conspicuously quiescent. Although his predecessors at least attempted collegiality, McConnell practices no such niceties (recall his “nevertheless, she persisted” silencing of Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren). 

But most characteristic of McConnell is his tendency to shift his views to suit current exigencies (on the minimum wage, withdrawal from Iraq, earmarks, abortion, labor and civil rights) and his adroitness at gumming up the works: forcing clerks to spend hours reading a bill aloud on the floor; opposing immigration legislation he’d encouraged; asking for a vote on a debt-ceiling proposal and then trying to filibuster it; urging the Obama administration to support a bipartisan debt commission and then voting against it.

Now comes the filibuster’s demise. In the current cycle of partisan escalation, it’s only a matter of time before the filibuster is abolished for all legislation, killing the tradition of unlimited debate in the Senate dating back to 1789. The Founders did this so minority rights would be respected and consensus could be formed — and McConnell is undoing it. 

Two years ago, when a Democrat was in the White House, McConnell said he would only abolish filibusters of Supreme Court justices if there were 67 votes for such a change. This week, he employed a maneuver to do it with 51 votes. It suited his momentary needs, but the damage will remain long after McConnell’s tombstone is engraved.

Truly the word scumbag defines his political beliefs and postures. I have yet to hear truth come from his lips...