It was August of 2008 that we watched that horrifying moment that Sarah Palin was tapped as John McCain’s running mate. We watched in shock to contemplate that Sarah Palin could be a heart-beat away from serving as the President of the United States. Many remember this photo from that night as it represented everything wrong with the choice of Sarah Palin.
However it is this image of McCain and Palin that will now become the most memorable image of the two. John McCain gave a “thumbs up” to signify his endorsement of Sarah Palin.
From that fateful moment he gave the “thumbs up” to Sarah Palin, America has been constantly confronted with all things Palin. The countless moments that we have been subjected to her ignorant rants were each painful, but increasingly became more painful because the more she talked, the more she proved just how ignorant she is.
As John McCain faces his own mortality he has made an epic appearance in the Senate to vote “thumbs down” against repealing Obamacare, without another form of nationalized health care to replace it.
When the final vote was taken, McCain was joined by two other Republican Senators who voted against repeal of Obamacare, without a replacement. Republican senators—Susan Collins, of Maine; Lisa Murkowski, of Alaska joined McCain in driving a long knife through the cold heart of Republicans who sought to leave millions of Americans without health care.
“John McCain, bearing scars ancient and new, acutely aware of his mortality, humble but standing a very tall five feet nine, approached the hour when he had to choose. He chose to vote with his soul—in defiance of the bottomless soullessness that, when the ultimate moment arrived, he rejected.”
“I’ve stated time and time again that one of the major failures of Obamacare was that it was rammed through Congress by Democrats on a strict-party line basis without a single Republican vote. We should not make the mistakes of the past that has led to Obamacare’s collapse, including in my home state of Arizona where premiums are skyrocketing and health care providers are fleeing the marketplace. We must now return to the correct way of legislating and send the bill back to committee, hold hearings, receive input from both sides of aisle, heed the recommendations of nation’s governors, and produce a bill that finally delivers affordable health care for the American people. We must do the hard work our citizens expect of us and deserve.”
It seems John McCain is seeking absolution for catapulting Sarah Palin onto the national stage. Instead of voting along party lines,he voted for what he knew to be right.
The importance of the vote of Senator Collins and Senator Murkowski should not be minimized. Especially because they are women, and Murkowski is the Senator from Alaska who beat out Palin for that position, it seems poetic justice that they are the women, along with McCain, who were the Mavericks. Collins and Murkowski were the true mama grizzlies who stood up for what they believed to be right for the American people. What if they, like Palin, had quit their elected positions to seek fame and fortune? What if they, like Palin, had focused on starring in television shows, rather than trying to protect the millions of people who were watching?
John McCain may have only 14 more months to live. It is sad to me that Sarah Palin has not already visited McCain to support he and his family at this tumultuous time. It is even more disappointing to me that Palin has failed to even write a sincere “thank you” to McCain for being a “Maverick” and doing the thing that was not easy, but in keeping with his convictions. Even if you disagree with his vote, surely the commitment and resolve of John McCain to appear in Congress to cast his all-important vote was a testament to his courage. For McCain, a previous prisoner of war, his courage in the face of adversity has already been tested. At 80 years old he is still fighting for what he believes in.
McCain is 27 years older than Palin. He has never quit anything. Now as brain cancer will surely limit his life, he has dedicated his final days to fighting for the health care of the American people. Palin will likely live another 30 years if she doesn’t succumb to drugs, alcohol, skin cancer from her tanning bed, or a caribou attack by a relative of the caribou she shot that was being held in captivity.
Senator Susan Collins was recognized by her constituents for her vote too ensure their future health care as she arrived home in the airport.
Cyndi Lauper was performing in Maine and invited Collins on stage to recognize her for her courageous act.
Nobody knows what Sarah Palin might be giving a thumbs-up to today. Whatever it is you can be assured it is something that is only in her personal best interest.