The night John McCain killed the GOP’s health-care fight

Ed O’Keefe, filing at 5:44 am after writing all night, on the Washington Post:

It was the most dramatic night in the United States Senate in recent history. Just ask the senators who witnessed it.

A seven-year quest to undo the Affordable Care Act collapsed — at least for now — as Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) kept his colleagues and the press corps in suspense over a little more than two hours late Thursday into early Friday….

The bold move by the nation’s most famous senator stunned his colleagues and possibly put the Senate on the verge of protracted bipartisan talks that McCain is unlikely to witness as he begins treatment for an aggressive form of brain cancer.

“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,” he said in a statement explaining his vote. “We should not make the mistakes of the past.”

I’m not a fan of McCain. He talks a good game but then he caves and votes the Republican party line.

But not this morning.

McCain’s behavior is particularly impressive given that the vote was 1:30 in the morning, and he’s an 80-year-old man with brain cancer, who just left the hospital.

I’m still not a fan of McCain. But this morning was impressive.