Senate GOP’s sudden opposition to a good bill looked a lot like vengeance
An Air Force service member tosses items into a burn pit at Balad Air Base, Iraq, in March 2008. - Senior Airman Julianne Showalte/US Air Force/TNS

How angry are some Republicans at what they see as betrayal by a centrist Democrat? Angry enough to betray sick military veterans, apparently. That’s the only rational explanation for last week’s sudden about-face by two dozen Senate Republicans, including Missouri’s Roy Blunt and Josh Hawley, who opposed legislation they previously supported to make it easier for cancer-stricken veterans to get help from the government. Facing ferocious public pushback, Blunt, Hawley and the other GOP senators who about-faced last week quickly about-faced again this week, resuming their previous support for t...