The Jury Talks Back

7/28/2017

Quick Hits: Skinny Repeal Was Not Repeal; Scaramucci Is Insane

Filed under: Uncategorized — Patterico @ 6:24 am

Do I blame John McCain, Lisa Murkowski, and Susan Collins for killing ObamaCare repeal? Why, sure I do! But not for last night’s vote. Rather, for their disgraceful vote against the same repeal bill they voted for in 2015 (with the exception of Collins). Which means I also blame the other people responsible, whom I have already named: Lamar Alexander, Rob Portman, Shelley Moore Capito, and Dean Heller.

I will never forgive them. They are dead to me. And I will work to defeat Heller, who is the next one up for re-election, in the primaries.

But skinny repeal was crap and deserved to go down. Last night’s vote was not the death knell. That already happened a couple of days ago. (And don’t talk to me about just sending a bill to conference. If they can’t agree amongst themselves, how is going to conference going to fix anything?)

Meanwhile, I see some people trying to blame Trump for this. Nah. I don’t see it. He would have signed anything. This is squarely on the shoulders of the turncoats who switched their votes.

Meanwhile, how about that batsh!t insane Scaramucci guy? Ryan Lizza has a piece in the New Yorker that Scaramucci has functionally admitted is accurate, by saying he made a mistake trusting a reporter. The piece makes for delightful reading from start to finish.

“They’ll all be fired by me,” he said. “I fired one guy the other day. I have three to four people I’ll fire tomorrow. I’ll get to the person who leaked that to you. Reince Priebus—if you want to leak something—he’ll be asked to resign very shortly.” The issue, he said, was that he believed Priebus had been worried about the dinner because he hadn’t been invited. “Reince is a fucking paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac,” Scaramucci said. He channelled Priebus as he spoke: “ ‘Oh, Bill Shine is coming in. Let me leak the fucking thing and see if I can cock-block these people the way I cock-blocked Scaramucci for six months.’ ” (Priebus did not respond to a request for comment.)

Scaramucci was particularly incensed by a Politico report about his financial-disclosure form, which he viewed as an illegal act of retaliation by Priebus. The reporter said Thursday morning that the document was publicly available and she had obtained it from the Export-Import Bank. Scaramucci didn’t know this at the time, and he insisted to me that Priebus had leaked the document, and that the act was “a felony.”

“I’ve called the F.B.I. and the Department of Justice,” he told me.

“Are you serious?” I asked.

“The swamp will not defeat him,” he said, breaking into the third person. “They’re trying to resist me, but it’s not going to work. I’ve done nothing wrong on my financial disclosures, so they’re going to have to go fuck themselves.”

Scaramucci also told me that, unlike other senior officials, he had no interest in media attention. “I’m not Steve Bannon, I’m not trying to suck my own cock,” he said, speaking of Trump’s chief strategist. “I’m not trying to build my own brand off the fucking strength of the President. I’m here to serve the country.” (Bannon declined to comment.)

. . . .

Scaramucci said he had to get going. “Yeah, let me go, though, because I’ve gotta start tweeting some shit to make this guy crazy.”

LOL. The guy is entertaining, paranoid, not very bright, and completely insane. He reminds me of someone. It’s on the tip of my tongue.

4 Comments »

  1. There were three substantive votes on Obamacare this week: (1) the McConnell-backed overhaul; (2) the repeal without replace effective in two years; and, (3) the “skinny repeal” that would have tossed everything into a conference committee that might have generated something both houses could support.

    Any of these three would have been better than what we ended up with, which is a dysfunctional and collapsing health care system without much hope for improvement. It’s still possible that “regular order” might produce something successful from the pertinent Senate committees, and that the actual collapse of Obamacare might galvanize Senate Republicans.

    Anyway, instead of picking and choosing which of these three votes to criticize, I would blame any Senator who voted against any of the three. Voting for all three was the only way to ensure that one of them would succeed, and that’s what the majority of Republican Senators did. Good for them.

    In terms of policy, it’s unfortunate that the Senate didn’t vote on the Graham-Cassidy proposal to turn Obamacare into a block grant letting each state decide the best way to spend that money on healthcare. There is a federal interest in raising and providing that money to states, so that no state suffers economic harm (relative to other states) by imposing taxes necessary to provide healthcare. But the federal interest stops there, IMHO.

    Comment by Andrew — 7/28/2017 @ 7:21 am

  2. Given the number of people on the record as saying they didn’t want to pass a skinny repeal because the House might pass it rather than going to conference, it’s looking a lot like, on this bill at least, Sen. McCain was the chosen fall guy – he’ll take the ‘no’ vote *for* these other people so they don’t have to pay the political price of doing so, because what does he care about political prices now?

    Comment by aphrael — 7/28/2017 @ 12:25 pm

  3. Scaramucci seemed okay to me, until I read this post. Now, I see him very differently. He trusted a reporter. He is therefor an utter moron.

    As for Prebius, I was delighted to see him go. It’s rather hard to drain a swamp when the swamp thing is your chief of staff.

    Comment by Arizona CJ — 7/28/2017 @ 2:10 pm

  4. it’s looking a lot like, on this bill at least, Sen. McCain was the chosen fall guy

    I think it’s more likely that Senator McCain knows that his involvement with the scurrilous and bogus dossier from GPS is ultimately going to come to light in all of its disgraceful, unflattering and even potentially criminal aspects.

    His vote to keep obamacare, and all the media attention paid to him for it, will help set up a narrative whereby any attempt to hold him to account for his involvement with GPS Fusion can be framed as retaliation for his “brave” “heroic” vote for obamacare.

    Comment by happyfeet — 7/29/2017 @ 11:39 am

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