In what may have been the final vote of his long Senate career, John McCain inexplicably decided to go out as a villain and a criminal. After he had heroically killed his own party’s evil legislation this summer which would have taken health insurance away from tens of millions of people, he turned around this weekend and voted for a tax scam that will kill just as many people and will bankrupt the country. Now he’s getting his comeuppance for his traitorous final bow.
Around midday on Monday, John McCain (or whoever is running his Twitter account) decided to post this ridiculously tone-deaf tweet in light of the horror that McCain had just voted to inflict on the American people: “We’re only 74 Twitter followers away from 3M – spread the word & help us reach this big milestone!” That tweet was, shall we say, rather poorly received. It also served to undermine its own goal.
The responses to McCain’s tweet were almost uniformly scathing, along the lines of “You’ll never make it you greedy, cowardly traitor!!!” and “Your vote for corporate jet deductions has cost you a lot of respect, hope that you can take time to read that horrific, terrible bill you voted for.” Many of the responses were unprintable. It also set off an “unfollow McCain” movement.
Palmer Report responded to McCain’s tweet with “We just unfollowed John McCain and you should unfollow him too. His vote on the tax scam was unconscionable.” Others made a similar push. By the end of the day, McCain had lost so many Twitter followers the he was now 30,000 followers further away from his original goal. It’s still unclear what could have possessed McCain to vote for the most singularly evil piece of legislation in a generation, particularly after he’d just gotten done taking a stand against this specific kind of evil. It’s a sad end to what had been a distinguished career, and in the minds of millions of Americans, it’s the instant destruction of his legacy. What happened?
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report