Politico was one of the first to provide an in-depth analysis of the vote on July 25th that allowed discussions of the Republicans’ plan to repeal and replace Obamacare to move forward. The published a lengthy article in the early evening after the vote.
The article discusses the path that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had to take to rally the last few GOP holdouts. He was calling and calling to try to wrangle the necessary votes, 50, for the healthcare bill to move forward.
McConnell even encouraged Senator McCain to come back to Washington after his cancer therapy. That is how important it was that discussions on the healthcare bill move forward. But with 48 hours to go their were still a few Republican Senator holdouts: Rand Paul (KY), Susan Collins (ME), Dean Heller (NV), Shelley Moore Capito (WV), Rob Portman (OH), Lisa Murkowski (AK), and most importantly for this article Mike Lee (UT).
This is what Politico had to say about Sen. Lee and some of his last hours before the vote took place Tuesday morning.
“One of the final holdouts was Sen. Mike Lee, a conservative Utah senator who believed GOP leaders had listened to his ideas for weeks only to ignore them in the end.
On a Delta flight from Salt Lake City to Washington on Monday afternoon, Lee sat in the middle seat, furiously texting about his latest thinking in the health care debate, according to an eyewitness who sat next to Lee and described the messages to POLITICO.
In one text, Lee told a recipient that he might still vote to proceed to the repeal debate, but that it was ‘still too early to do so in good conscience because we’re not being told anything.’
‘This leadership line of pass something, anything, is dangerous and potent,’ Lee typed out in another message, written in a large enough font that fellow passengers could easily read his words, according to the eyewitness. In another text, Lee wrote: ‘This bill is nothing more than bailing out insurance companies with a few minor reforms thrown in for good measure.’
Lee’s office did not dispute the messages when asked about them by POLITICO. He has aired similar complaints publicly, though in milder language.
Lee did vote in favor of continuing discussion on the bill as did 49 other Republicans and with Vice President Mike Pence breaking the tie discussion has continued. What Politico fails to acknowledge at all is the fact that they got their information FROM A MAN SITTING NEXT TO SEN. LEE ON A PLANE!
Not only is this source extremely unreliable, it comes from a man who was invading Sen. Lee’s privacy, essentially spying on him, and reading his messages.
This is an absolutely disgusting way to get news and Sen. Lee’s office agreed when they were asked to authenticate the statements from the snoop.
“We are not going to authenticate any of these statements; doing so would only encourage the most boorish, voyeuristic behavior in an already too-uncivil town.”
The media really has tried it all. They have ordinary people so brainwashed that they are willing to read someone’s text messages without their consent and share them with the media. People think that they have control over the media, but the media really has control over them.