John McCain is dead from brain cancer. Maverick. Sorry he’s dead and his family is sad and misses him. Never a good thing. His life is remarkable in that he was in the Republican party, a lifelong servant, no doubt about it. He married well and was in the house for two years and the senate for six terms after being captured when his plane was shot down in Vietnam. While there is some contro-
versy about how or why he was shot down, his time in captivity provided his legacy as a standup guy. His father was a commander of the Pacific Fleet and he could have skipped the line and get released earlier, he said no.
During his time in politics he was a joke of a presidential candidate seemingly not wanting to win but wanting to run. He lost in 2000 election to George H.W. Bush in the primary. Then in 2008 the republican primary was handed to him because it was his time according to the establishment elite. He proceeded to surrender to Obama when the financial crisis of 2008 scared the nation.
I had the opportunity to meet him during the primary of 2000 and was underwhelmed by his intelligence and personality (side note: he had the tiniest hands). He was not interested in the voters I gathered as he was going through the motions of running for president.
When he was the republican candidate against Obama in 2008, I wanted him to be elected over the inexperienced mystery man Obama. At a dinner one night I was awakened to know Obama would trounce McCain when a gay friend said he was voting for Obama in spite of no experience or record because he was sick of old white guys running everything. I pointed out McCain’s honor when he spent more than five years in the Hanoi Hilton but he and the rest of the country didn’t care.
He was more purple than red during his career, voting against his party often siding with his friends “across the aisle”, as he used to say. Many did not like him because he was a “Maverick” in that he didn’t care what others wanted on his team voting and negotiating for what he wanted. Many more did not like him at the end of his life his stunt on the senate floor giving a thumbs down vote to repeal Obamacare after rushing back from cancer treatment. Maverick is defined as, “One that refuses to abide by the dictates of or resists adherence to a group.” It is admirable when it resolves a Constitutional issue but unfortunately there was no discernable rationale for McCain’s stances practically or politically. Saturday Night Live did a skit questioning his sanity and it was mildly funny because it did spotlight what he went through in captivity and may explain some of his whacky statements and positions.
Those independent moves are remarkable in Washington DC in that he fights for what he believed in (direct quote) and somehow was not punished by the leaders in his party for his independent spirit. Being steadfast in your convictions is admirable except when you are republican and you vote against and say things contrary to party position. When John Kerry was running for president, he cheerlead for him and when called on the carpet for it, he said, “Too bad”. Hard to get along with someone in your party when he acts against common interests, ie. Helping elect your party’s candidate for president.
Chuck Schumer, democrat from New York was extra gracious and lauded praise on McCain as if he was a democrat. Maybe that is why he wasn’t ostracized by his own party because he had so much support from his democrat friends.
John McCain is gone and I agree with those that said he should have left the senate years ago. Moving forward, we have a republican governor of Arizona, Doug Ducey, who will pick a replacement for his senate seat in time for the senate to confirm Supreme Court Justice Brent Cavanaugh.
My condolences to the McCain family for the loss of their family member, truly a sad day for them. For the country, it will be good to get a new and stable constitutionalist in the seat. The senate looks to be secure republican majority in the 2018 mid-term election and I feel a little better knowing that the unreliable McCain will not be there.
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