Monday, February 17, 2020

Martha McSally, Illiberal HACK -- UPDATED 2/1/2020 9:40pm

Remember this?



Perhaps it's not unreasonable to consider Martha an illiberal hack.

In a deplorable act of weakness, not only did McSally refuse to answer a reporter who asked perhaps the most salient question of that day (during the Trump Impeachment Trial, regarding the issue of calling witnesses), her backbone liquified along with all except two other GOP senators when the question came up for real on the Senate floor.

Well, NOW the retired Air Force combat pilot, whose 2018 youtube Senate campaign announcement video was full of bluster, even had Leslie Stahl (of 60 Minutes) proclaim that Martha's got the "right stuff" and is not afraid of a good fight.

I'm apparently not the only one who thinks that ad hasn't aged well. Just last week, she released her 2020 campaign announcement video, sans bluster.

Now the honorable (but NOT elected) senator is the mellow "champion" of those who need pre-existing condition health care coverage. How authentic might that be? A genuine concern for millions of Americans, but Martha's got a track record on the subject and it ain't good.

What did Politifact have to say about that record in October 2018?
U.S. Rep. Martha McSally is promoting herself to Arizonans as someone who’s led the fight to guarantee insurance coverage for people with pre-existing health conditions.
McSally, a Republican running for the state’s open [in 2018] Senate seat, says in a new ad that she is "leading the fight to secure our border, force insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions and protect girls and women from sex trafficking."
Has McSally, an Air Force veteran, led the fight to "force insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions"?
That’s not what her voting record shows. McSally in 2015 voted for a full repeal of the Affordable Care Act. In 2017, she voted for a repeal and replace bill that health care law experts say undermined the Affordable Care Act. It is the Affordable Care Act that forces insurers to cover pre-existing conditions.
But wait, there's more.

From the Yellow Sheet Report (2/17/2020),
The Martha McSally of 2014 might have some choice words for the Martha McSally of 2020. In a televised debate in October 2014 between McSally and then-US Rep. Ron Barber, McSally discouraged political tribalism and argued that voting against your party 20 percent of the time isn’t enough. 
During that debate, McSally questioned Barber’s bipartisanship and said he didn’t vote against the Democratic Party enough to justify his claim of independence. “I don’t think it’s bipartisan when you say you voted against your party only 20 percent of the time,” McSally said. 
“If that’s what’s going on in our country, that’s what’s wrong with Washington, DC.” But McSally held Barber to a standard she [since then] hasn’t met
It’s unclear which statistics McSally was citing at the time, but ProPublica’s vote-tracking project shows that from 2013 to 2015, Barber voted against his party 23.8 percent of the time. That same vote-tracking methodology found that McSally has voted against her party 2.1 percent of the time since being appointed to the Senate seat. 
During her final term in Congress [the House of Representatives], McSally voted against her party 7 percent of the time, and during her first term, she voted against her party 7.5 percent of the time
According to FiveThirtyEight, McSally votes with Trump 95 percent of the time, the third highest percentage among all Senate Republicans.
Bottom line? Martha "Mendacious" McSally is trying to hoodwink Arizona voters this year, hoping she might actually get elected this time.

Don't put money on it in Vegas.

UPDATE

Honest Arizona dot org