Yesterday, the Senate voted to begin debate on their bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. The vote passed by the slimmest margin possible, with Vice President Mike Pencecasting atie-breaker.

It wouldn’t have come to that if just one more Republican senator had come out against the bill, and the internet knew solely where to place the blame: Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).

McCain was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor, and there was a sentiment that perhaps the shocking diagnosis would flip McCain away from the Republican bill, which would, per the CBO score, drastically increase the number of uninsured Americans.

But McCain, who has prided himself on being a maverick and a straight talker, instead voted to allow debate on the bill to proceed. The irony was not lost on the internet. It was not lost at all.

McCain has been an interesting point of internet contention over the past week. After an outpouring of support in the wake of his cancer diagnosis, a simmering backlash erupted. Despite not wanting to wish ill on the man, many believed that the long-serving senator wasn’t deserving of the praise he was getting. Many on the left see McCain as a fraudster, outwardly positioning himself as above party politics but in reality never taking any action that isn’t actually parrotingthe Republican platform.

After his vote, McCain issued a statement explaining his action.

McCain also took to the Senate floor to deliver a speech that admonished the Senate for its current state, adding that while he believed debate on the bill should proceed, he did not think that the bill in its current form should pass.

That was too much for some, who thought he could have produced a very similar effector perhaps sent an even louder messageby voting down the motion to proceed.

Late last night, after his impassioned speech, McCain voted in favor of the plan he hadjust spent the day decrying. It, however, failed 43-57.

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