One of the giant figures of the US Senate, a true “Lion of the Senate”, Arizona Senator John McCain, has left us as of last evening, and the nation is in deep mourning for his family, and for the loss to the nation by his passing.
Let me make it clear, that I did not vote for Senator McCain in 2008, but I have always had deep respect for him as a human being.
I did not always agree with his views on issues either, but I knew his viewpoints were sincere and based on his conservative values.
Ironically, McCain died on the same day that his good friend and also rival, Democratic Senator Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts, passed away nine years ago.
McCain worked well across the aisle, and was particularly close with Democratic Senators Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, Joe Biden of Delaware, John Kerry of Massachusetts, and Russ Feingold of Wisconsin, along with Ted Kennedy. McCain promoted campaign finance reform with Feingold, something we desperately need in 2018. And probably his closest friendship was with South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham.
He thought of creating a bipartisan Presidential ticket with Joe Lieberman, and who knows, if he had done so, would the Presidential Election of 2008 ended up differently?
He knew he had made many mistakes in his life, and did not deny that, but he was always a decent man, who while so many were attacking Sarah Palin in 2008 and ever since, he never said he had made a mistake in selecting her as his running mate, even though he certainly knew that was the case.
He fought bitterly with George W. Bush for the GOP nomination in 2000, and against Barack Obama for the Presidency in 2008, and often disagreed with both Presidents’ policies, but he asked both of them to give eulogies for him at his upcoming funeral.
At the same time, Donald Trump never showed any respect for McCain, and the suffering he went through as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam for five and a half years, and could not show any common decency toward McCain in his declining days. So rightfully, McCain ordered that Trump NOT attend his funeral, which was his right to assert that. For what Trump has done regarding McCain, as well as the innumerable sins Trump has visited toward everyone imaginable, the 45th President will pay the price in the after life, and his funeral one day will not have the deep mourning that we are witnessing for John McCain.
McCain will be best remembered for his defense of Barack Obama at that campaign rally in 2008, when that crazy woman was saying Obama was an Arab. This was a moment that stands out for the ages, when we need unity, and not racism and nativism.
Also, in his last appearance on the Senate floor, John McCain, who had voted against ObamaCare, saved ObamaCare from Donald Trump and the evil Republican leadership and membership, which wanted to destroy it in 2017, without any alternative for millions of Americans. That showed the true statesmanship of the Arizona Senator.
John McCain will go down in the annals of American history as one of the small number of US Senators who made a real difference in a positive way in the evolution of American history.
And unbelievably, his mother Roberta is still alive at past the half way point from 106 to 107 in age, making her one of a very small number of Americans still alive who were born in the year of the most dramatic election of the 20th century, 1912, when McCain’s favorite President, Theodore Roosevelt, ran as a “maverick” against President William Howard Taft. And McCain was proud to be called a “maverick”.
It seems likely that Cindy McCain, now a widow, will replace her husband by appointment for the next two years, and it is believed she is a moderate, and could have a dramatic effect on the Senate if she indeed moves toward shifting the momentum of the party in votes, whether the Republicans remain the majority, or end up in the minority in the next two years.
God bless John McCain, rest in peace, as you did your country well, and will be well remembered and honored in the annals of American history!
The United States presidential election of 2008 was one I felt absolutely needed to flip party occupancy in the White House. The Republican incumbent president of the United States, George W. Bush, had a job-approval rating below 40 percent since after the 2006 midterm elections (in which Democrats flipped Congress and a majority of governorships). Bush was damaging, yes, but there was also a lot of fatigue from his presidency. So, I already had a negative feeling with anyone trying to win that yearâ€™s Republican presidential nomination. The reality was that, no matter who would win the 2008 Republican presidential nomination, he was actually running for second place. This very much applied to John McCain.
I think John McCain was erratic. His vice-presidential running mate, Sarah Palin, was better suited for governing Alaska. That decision was a reflection of McCainâ€™s judgment. In fact, he introduced her on his 72nd birthday, August 29, 2008. But, of course, there was his reasonable response to an elderly woman expressing her fear of Barack Obama, at a rally during the period of the general election. McCain handled that well. He also showed humor when, in October 2008, he made a cameo appearance on NBCâ€™s â€œSaturday Night Live,â€ in a sketch in which he and Sarah Palin (played by Tina Fey, whose performance won a much-deserved Emmy) sold tasteless merchandise. (Off to the side, Palin went rogueâ€”admitting their campaign was a loser while making a pitch for her future career prospects.) And when it came to time to concede that he lost his race for the presidency, on November 4, 2008, McCain delivered a speech that was respectful to his party (accepting all blame members may assign to him) and the country (for votersâ€™ decision to elect Barack Obama).
August 2018 has been an interesting month with the deaths of three notable people who had an impact during key points over the last 40 to 50 years: Aretha Franklin, the legendary singer whose careerâ€”although it began in the late-1950sâ€”really took off just after the Civil Rights Act, being involved with and even financially supporting civil rights groups; Robin Leach, whose 1980s syndicated series, â€œLifestyles of the Rich and Famous,â€ was an iconic program fawning over wealthâ€”and wealthy peopleâ€”during the presidency of Ronald Reagan (whose policies helped create the current realities of those suffering from income inequality); and John McCain, who lost Election 2008 to the nationâ€™s first African-American president in what was, no doubt, with one of the most critical presidential elections among the 58 so far in U.S. history.
Here is video of John McCainâ€™s concession speech (from Election Night 2008):
Thanks, D, for your comments here, much appreciated!
McCain had class, something badly needed in this era of Trump.
Arizona Gov. Duceyâ€™s Dilemma in Choosing McCainâ€™s Successor
Trump had to be pressured into making a statement about McCain and lowering the flag at the White House to half staff.
Trump’s treatment of McCain is very petty, childish, etc.
Sarah Palin wasn’t invited.