I was blown away - in a negative sense - by the pomp and circumstance of a full week of the state funeral accorded John McCain. One would have thought a sitting president had passed away. The only thing missing in the John McCain “love fest” was a caisson processional down Pennsylvania Avenue.
As near as I can tell, the only distinguishing personal characteristics possessed by John McCain were mediocrity, stubbornness and stupidity. Without his grandfather and father each being an Admiral and providing him the opportunity for a legacy appointment it is unlikely McCain would have ever been accepted to the Naval Academy. He was, of course, undistinguished there, having graduated 5th from the bottom of his graduating class.
As someone who was around for McCain’s entire political career it strikes me that his singular claim to fame was being shot down in Vietnam, spending 5+ years in captivity in Hanoi and admirably refusing the offer of release - a release which would have provided a propaganda coup for the North Vietnamese. For that, I give John McCain a full measure of credit.
Unfortunately for us all, McCain was able to ride that notoriety straight into Congress where he proved, aside from his support of our military, to be a thin-skinned prick for the next 35+ years. I’ve always felt the damage to his arms either occurred during ejection from his plane or as a result of his constantly screwing his party and a large portion of the electorate by reaching across the aisle to embrace his comrades in the Democrat Party.
In my opinion, his legislative career was best summed up in his last official act on the floor of the Senate - after falling ill, making a dramatic, self-focused return to Washington in order to do one thing - to deliver the decisive vote - a thumbs down at 2 AM on the Obamacare repeal and replace bill crafted by his fellow Republicans. An act hailed by Democrats.
It was no accident that more Democrats than Republicans lined the tarmac at Andrews when the plane carrying John McCain’s remains landed in Washington.
I find no joy in the passing of John McCain. However, I look forward to a Senate without him.
All this said, honestly, I would not have walked across the street to meet the SOB!!