It was fifteen years ago this week that Pennsylvania Governor Mark Schweiker, and indeed the eyes of the nation, watched as the last of nine trapped coal miners emerged from a f looded mine in Somerset County. “Nine for nine!” was more than the governor’s exclamation as we all collectively exhaled; it was the defining moment of Schweiker’s short tenure as governor.
The drama in Congress this week was on a scale that rarely happens, as the U.S. Senate struggled with (we are being kind) its version of the Obamacare repeal. The week opened with U.S. Senator John McCain flying to Washington, D.C. after being diagnosed with brain cancer to cast the deciding vote to allow debate to proceed in the Upper Chamber. “All hail John McCain!” the GOP leaders shouted from the mountaintops!
And then two days later, in the most McCain-ian possible way, the senior senator from Arizona put the final nail in the coffin of his own President’s marquee issue by voting against the so-called “skinny repeal,” ensuring that Obamacare will remain the law of the land for the foreseeable future. “What the hell is McCain doing??” the GOP leaders shouted from the mountaintops! By the way, “skinny repeal” sounds like something you order at Starbucks. For one, brief moment, C-SPAN programming was as riveting as CBS’ coverage of the NCAA Final Four.