GOP Sen. Ron Johnson: McCain’s Vote On Obamacare Repeal Might Have Been Affected By His Brain Tumor

CNN reports:

Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin said Tuesday that he thinks that Sen. John McCain’s brain tumor and the early morning hours may have affected the Arizona Republican’s no vote on the Senate bill to repeal Obamacare.

“We did get a call from Paul (Ryan) and he assured us that skinny repeal was not going to pass the House it would have to go to conference,” said the Wisconsin senator on AM560 “Chicago’s Morning Answer.”

“Again, I’m not gonna speak for John McCain — he has a brain tumor right now — that vote occurred at 1:30 in the morning, some of that might have factored in,” he continued. Seemingly shocked, a radio host responded “really?” to Johnson’s comments.

  • Jonathan Smith

    yes, the tumor DID affect his vote. he no longer gives a shit.

    • Todd20036

      I envy him. I’ve had stomach flu for the last few days. NOT giving a shit, has not been my problem….

      • stanhope

        Make sure you go to ron johnson’s office at lunch time..he needs a meal

      • FAEN

        Ugh-sorry matey. Hope you’re well soon.

      • Stephen Elliot Phillips

        charcoal and unsweetened apple sauce

      • WitlessProtection

        Must be going around because I have had the same issue!

      • Joe in PA

        Someonething you ate?

        Hey, I’ve learned from the master. πŸ™‚

      • Nic Peterson

        This too shall pass…

    • TrueWords

      McCain’s brain tumor gave him perspective and it is appreciated!!!

    • Goodboy

      Yep. How many times have you heard about the near death stories and people’s priorities changing. Things like what’s actually important in life. In his case it’s a legacy.

      • Christian1234567

        Yes, near death experiences do change perspectives, as I learned several months ago. I have let go of a toxic friendship, and I am spending my time and energy on family and friends, as well as on things I love (including my career as an educator).

  • edrex

    or maybe his confrontation with mortality clarified the importance of helping others?

    • Uncle Mark

      Perhaps ALL the Republicans in Congress should be equally confronted. (Then again, some were confronted with mortality when practicing for baseball, and they still remained assholes.)

    • stanhope

      Something…could be mortality and conscience made him remember how he did his first wife and this was the make good.

    • MBear

      LOL….good one!

  • Stogiebear

    And what you just said might have been affected by your tongue up Drumpf’s large intestine.

  • TheFullGrey

    Analysts were saying that the GOP was going to use this defense if he voted it down, and lo, here it is. Surprised it took this long.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    Republicans really are totally soulless scumbags.

    • crewman

      Tumors don’t just appear over night. He would have had a tumor for who knows how long. By Johnson’s logic Trump’s picking Sara Palin might have been caused by a tumor. Trump’s inconsistent lurches to the hard-right might have been caused by the tumor. But in the end, all of this is just a transparent, cheap shot to delegitimatize a vote he didn’t like.

      • Lizard

        Glioblastomas are extremely fast-growing. Prognosis is 12-15 months from diagnosis, and I think that decreases with age (McCain is 80). I’m not a doctor so I don’t want to even try to predict how long it’s been affecting his mood or personality, but I really doubt it can have been affecting him for so long.

        Not that Johnson knows any of that, of course, nor would he care to.

    • and that’s the problem with good liberals and progressives and religious concepts. i know you know: there is no such thing as a soul. are republicans selfish, greedy, willfully ignorant and bigoted scam artists? yes. but the ‘soulless’ thing takes us down the wrong analytical road. which should be about how much money they make for passing evil laws and preventing good ones. which, i should note, makes the congressional pay/bene package look like peanuts.

      this doodbro, and every other supporter of the attempt to repeal the ACA, is doing so because a billion dollar company or church concern wants him to, and has promised him a really good job whenever he/they get tossed by voters or leave with a luggage carrier. it really is a revolving door, and dems are also guilty of this. go look up where people like Daschle or Bill are making money today. you won’t like it, but i assume you already know. at least the dems can claim truly good exceptions like Carter; i can’t think of the last actually ethical conservative.

      • Goodboy

        Lincoln was a Republican so there’s at least that.

        • boatboy_srq

          Yes, and what a long and profitable career he had post-Presidency on the lecture circuit – oh, wait…

      • Librarykid

        UP X 10,000 !

    • UrsusArctos

      Thus Johnson arrived at the conclusion that a brain tumor is more or less the same thing as a end stage brain tumor. I can see how. BOTH are equally deadly to GOPers.

    • Uncle Mark

      It’s ironic that the Republicans have become a tumor afflicting our democracy, yet Johnson blames a tumor for McCain’s moment of decency. Frankly, I think Johnson is at this point more tumor than man.

    • Librarykid

      And Ron Johnson is exhibit A, which takes some doing.

    • David Walker

      I saw the picture, I read the headline, and into my “mind” came an old song sung, I think, by Rosemary Clooney…”Here comes Susie Snowflake…”.
      Also, this made the NBC News Hints on Comcast today:

      Don’t they realize the money George Soros spent on outside agitators will now accrue interest? Don’t these assholes ever think? Plot and plan, sure, but think?

  • Todd20036

    Actually, that could be true. So?

    • JWC

      Mc Cain was more dopey weeks ago when they had the senate hearings before any sugery After the surgery he was a little better

  • JWC

    Grabbing straws the people of America did not want the repeal of the ACA

  • Snarkaholic

    I called this the night it happened!

  • shellback

    Ron, what were you sucking on that burnt and/or disfigured your lips (see photo)?

  • TK

    I think maybe this guy has a major brain tumor and doesn’t know it. Or no brain at all. What a total inconsiderate fuckwad. Of course that would describe 99% of the fucking GOP. I’m sure the brain tumor impacted his vote. McCain is getting access to the best available health care and he decided not to vote to take health care away from millions. Whatever his motives, I’m glad he voted against it. And effectively killed that attempt at repeal – for now.

  • UrsusArctos

    I bet end stage brain cancer can influence decisions.
    With Sen McCain apparently it enabled him to grow a spine and broke his “Give-A-Fuck-O-Meter”.

  • FAEN

    But you were fine with his tumor brain when he voted for the bill to be voted on right?

  • bambinoitaliano

    That explains the millions who voted the shit gibbon and the GOP. I’m good if he wants to annul all the voting results.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    “Yes, really. Between sunrise and sunset, I’m a complete and total asshole. I can’t help it!!”

    • UrsusArctos

      Days that end in “y” too.

  • jsmukg

    One question for this turd: ‘Did YOU have a BRAIN TUMOR for BREAKFAST?’

  • AtticusP

    If a brain tumor made John McCain more humane, maybe a few more brain tumors in the Senate chamber on the Republican side wouldn’t be such a bad thing.

    • Christopher
      • Gay Fordham Prep Grad

        that is in poor taste

        • Christopher

          You think that’s bad, you should see me at funerals.

          My mother died of brain tumours. I will literally joke about anything, because humour can be found anywhere.

          Much of what I post is in poor taste. That’s who I am.

      • David Walker

        More brain tumors FOR REPUBLICAN’TS. Please don’t forget to be specific. God appears to have poor enough aim as it is. Specificity counts.

        • Christopher

          Good point!

  • Lazycrockett

    Yeah its pressing against his conscious.

  • Mike C

    Good god they’re scumbags, aren’t they?

    • David L. Caster


  • andrew

    Like Sen. Johnson himself, his comment about Sen. McCain’s vote on “health care” is despicable.

  • bkmn

    And your vote was affected by the fact you are a flaming asshole.

  • Jeffg166

    Senator Johnson’s vote was effect by his hemorrhoids.

  • HZ81

    Yeah, so what’s your excuse?

  • olandp

    So the entire GOP has brain tumors. Easy way to explain why they elected a traitorous bumbling Russian agent.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Ron Johnson’s Yes vote might have been affected by his hate.

  • Jonathan Smith
  • bambinoitaliano

    Cue the snoozing brain surgeon Ben Carson and Jill Stein to weight in their professional opinions. Eye-rolled.

  • dcurlee

    Maybe it’s because he’s a human being

  • Ninja0980

    Sickens me to no end Russ Feingold was replaced by this asshole.

    • Beagle

      Remember — we’re talking about the state that RE-elected Joe McCarthy. When I was a kid, I knew adults that would still speak fondly of “Tailgunner Joe.”

  • Octavio
  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    They literally have no shame.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    β€œWe did get a call from Paul (Ryan) and he assured us that skinny repeal
    was not going to pass the House it would have to go to conference,”
    said the Wisconsin senator on AM560 β€œChicago’s Morning Answer.”

    And Paul Ryan wouldn’t LIE to achieve the death of Medicaid. Would he, Mommy?

    [a single tear]


  • Gregory Mullins

    No. . .it’s because he knew the Senate rules. Crafty that one. . .he knew that because it was a budget reconciliation that a defeat meant it couldn’t be taken up via that route again for an entire year….as the story unfolds it seems that according to Senate rules they can only take up budget reconciliations measures per one topic per year. They can take up other BC topics, just not concerning health care.

    • jimbo65

      Adds new meaning to Hatch’s “shot their wad” comment.

      • justme

        but Ronnie’s johnson doesn’t seem to be standing!!

      • Gregory Mullins

        Hatch would know, being senior member of Republican party, and thus President Pro Tempore and 3rd in line to the Presidency.

    • Hue-Man

      It’s “fiscal year”, i.e. September 30. Clock restarts October 1st.

  • TheGrandWazoo2

    And Johnson’s yes vote was affected by his donors telling him to.

  • Butch

    And one great big “fuck yourself slowly with a cactus” to the voters of Wisconsin who gave us another 6 years of this clown.

  • BearEyes

    or the tumour got mcshame to finally get one right.

  • Jacob

    He is the reason I’ve delayed moving back home.

  • McCain’s brain tumor lass less effect on our nation than 45’s mental illness.

  • Uncle Mark

    Goddam !! What is it with all these toxic cheese curds getting into office in Wisconsin? I don’t get it. I’ve known many incredibly kind people from there, but so many of the most offensive politicians congealed from Wisconsin. WTF?!!

  • oh, and let’s not forget good ol’ Strom. he was a walking, glassy eyed vegetable who didn’t even know he was voting, when his staff carefully escorted him to essential votes. his staff later even admitted that towards the end, they could’ve gotten him to vote in favor of welfare for black chocolate easter bunnies, and he wouldn’t have known the difference. McStain is no hero, but for a guy who’s been as sick for as long as he has, he sure has used his *taxpayer funded cadillac Senate insurance program* pretty well. kudos to his physicians.

  • Christopher

    This man has creepy eyes. Don’t trust a word he says.

    • Jonathan Smith

      this man is a republican. Don’t trust a word he says.

  • Dagoril

    Just when you thought Republicans couldn’t become more vile or depraved…

  • Talisman

    Yeah…if you could just be quiet, that’ll be great..

  • David Wickham

    What a dick

  • TexasBoy

    Ron, did you know that sometimes brain tumors can also yield moments of perfect clarity? Perhaps that is the case with McCain.

  • canoebum

    Let he who is without brain damage throw the first stone, Mr. Johnson.

  • safari
  • William

    So what’s your excuse?

  • coram nobis

    And this thing, this walking pustule, is representing Wisconsin instead of Russ Feingold.

  • Robincho

    Anybody gotta match for John Ronsonol?…

  • Tomcat

    His brain tumor has more intelligence than Johnson’s complete brain then.

  • TexasBoy

    Only one conclusion can be reached, when you consider what an inhuman, uncaring comment he’s made.

  • Publius

    If Senator McCain came to his senses because of a brain tumor, then that says a lot about the GOP’s agenda.

  • Gigi

    McCain has a brain tumor. What’s Ron Johnson’s excuse?

    • Jonathan Smith

      he’s a republican

      • boatboy_srq

        I’m beginning to think Republicanism is a social disease.

  • El Xacal

    And Donald Trump’s dementia figured in favor of repealing healthcare for millions of Americans.

  • CB

    Or maybe, just maybe, he had the balls to vote against a bad bill instead of being in unthinking lockstep with cynical idiots like Johnson.

  • Nowhereman

    If anything, the tumor was affecting his reasoning before, and after it was removed he came to his senses. And what a thing for Johnson to say. What’s wrong with HIS brain? It’s never the republicans’ fault when their misguided ridiculous plots don’t work out.

  • JCF


  • boatboy_srq

    Translation: “OMG McCain voted against repealing Obummercare! he must be ill!!11!1!”

    There is so much wrong with this sentiment it’s hard to know where to begin.

    • Mike_in_the_Tundra

      It’s very Republican.

      • boatboy_srq

        Doesn’t make the list any shorter.

  • ColdCountry

    I’m thinking his vote was more likely effected by his humanity.

  • The_Wretched

    Brain tumor or not, Senators are allowed to make their decisions on pretty much any basis including their religion and corruption. That later one might be a crime but I can’t think of a prosecution of it that’s lead to conviction.

  • Macbill

    Yeah, it couldn’t have been payback to The Donald.

  • Michael

    He may be right in a way. Faced with death McCain may have figured out healthcare is actually not something to f*ck with.

  • Robert Adams

    What a great spectator sport, watching GOP politicians constantly try to say something more stupid than Trump.

  • fkevin

    Ron Johnson did not want to vote on a healthcare bill for lack of information, but the accountant has no problem making a medical diagnosis without any medical background.

    The parallel existential irony is palpable: healthcare being diagnosed by an accountant on a direct personal level.

  • DrRobY

    The GOP nominated a candidate for president who does not have a working brain, so should the GOP care about McCain?

  • DrRobY

    Well Sen. Johnson, we could throw out McCain’s vote, that would mean that you still lose with a 49-50 vote.

    • Beagle

      Sigh. So often, when I scroll down the posts, I see someone else has already said what I was going to say. And said it succinctly.

  • I guess Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski’s brain tumors also factored in.

    The House Republicans would be under enormous pressure to pass the 8 page Senate Bill.

    • Cipher


  • Mike in Texas

    Why would this guy believe Paul Ryan?

  • Matt

    Given the chance, they will eat their own children.

    • boatboy_srq

      Would that be Soylent Red?

  • Cackalaquiano

    That’s some Grade A assholery right there.
    Time for Trump to nominate him to something.

  • Matt G, Rochester

    I’m sure it did. He now knows what the rest of us might have to deal with should we get sick or injured. Even the most cold hearted human being might squeeze out a tiny bit of empathy after what he is going through. Of course, I realize that most of the Rethugs in Congress are the lizard aliens from “V”.

    • RoFaWh

      Rightwingers are identifiable by the complete absence of the empathy lobe from their brains.

  • SFBruce

    Sure, it may have affected McCain’s vote in that, knowing the prognosis for this disease, McCain figures he’ll do what he thinks is right, unlike politicians like Johnson who think it’s perfectly fine to politicize another’s really bad luck.

  • Ben in Oakland

    Sen. Johnson: so might yours.

  • David

    Amazing how priorities become clear when time becomes finite.

  • Lizard

    He did something decent that would probably cost him reelection if he were in any state to run. (Probably because of his condition, just not like Johnson thinks, but that’s beside the point.) To Republicans, showing a shred of empathy or decency must be a brain tumor’s fault.

  • unsavedheathen

    What’s Johnson’s excuse for his vote?

    • boatboy_srq

      McCain is ill; Johnson is merely sick.

  • normadesmond

    Seems there may be another brain-tumored senator.

  • Will Parkinson

    Disgusting piece of shit. And he’s from Wisconsin. πŸ™

  • pgarayt

    We must be missing something because I’ve been told repeatedly that the Republicans are the nicest people and hold a monopoly on family values.

    • David Walker

      We’re missing that because they threw us out of their homes and cut us off forever and their god created us to send us to hell. Otherwise, you’re right.

  • SFHarry

    How interesting that none of those right wingers are claiming God gave him the brain tumor to stop millions of Americans from losing care.

  • Do you really trust Paul Ryan from caving once Trump yells at him on Twitter? Even if he sends it to comference, what are the odds that the conference committee produces something that will appeal to both moderates and hardliners in the House and Senate GOP? Even many GOP Senators who voted for it did so specifically so a conference could work out the problems. But if a conference fails, there’s nothing stopping the House from turning around and passing the Senate version as is.

    Do not vote for something you don’t want to become law. Period.

  • Keith D Plane

    i am not a McCain fan but when you think they (Repugs) could not find a new low they just go ahead and surprise me again. What is happening in this country is like watching a train wreck over and over and over again.

  • BudClark

    What an AWFUL thing to say about a fellow human being. Oh, that’s right … Republican … nevermind!