Stephen Colbert Celebrates the Ignominious Defeat of Trumpcare as Only He Can
After senators Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Mike Lee (R-UT) declared their opposition to the Republicans' so-called Obamacare replacement plan, the looming collapse of the bill became evident. Sure enough, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced early Tuesday that the GOP would not have enough votes to pass the widely reviled legislation.
"It was always a long shot because the Republicans control only all three branches of government," "Late Show" host Stephen Colbert joked on Tuesday. "They can't be expected to do everything."
By March 2017, House Republicans had voted to repeal Obamacare more than 50 times. It's been the party's top priority for nearly a decade.
"It is hard to overstate the level of failure here," Colbert continued, before offering a few fitting analogies for the GOP's futility.
"The GOP crashed their car at 90 miles an hour into a cliff with a grin on their face," he offered. "It's like if Batman vs. Superman took a Pontiac Aztek to Blockbuster video to rent 'The Lone Ranger' and watch it on laser disc. That's how badly they failed."
"Republicans said one thing for the last four elections," he added. "Repeal and replace Obamacare," was their message.
"It was your one job!" Colbert concluded. "It's your tagline, it's your motto, it's Paul Ryan's 'Repeal and Replace' tramp stamp!"
President Trump had a characteristically blinkered take on things.
"If you look at it 48-4, that's a pretty impressive vote, by any standard," he said.
"48 to 4?" the "Late Show" host spat. "You just ignored all the Democratic votes."