Lamar Alexander

Witcover: McCain revives his maverick label

Witcover: McCain revives his maverick label

It was John McCain playing the Jimmy Stewart role in "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" on the Senate floor early Friday morning, as he rejected his Republican Party's scheme to repeal Obamacare.

In casting the deciding vote against its totally irresponsible bill to emasculate the health insurance law, Mr. McCain restored his reputation as the Senate's political maverick after previous loyalist GOP votes that had contradicted that old image.

"I've stressed time and time again," he noted in casting the "no" that buried the latest Republican repeal-and-replace effort, "that one of the major failures of Obamacare was that it was rammed through...