It is really only a matter of time now.
Courtesy of The Daily Beast:
Sen. John McCain has stopped medical treatment for brain cancer, his family said in a Friday statement. “Last summer, Senator John McCain shared with Americans the news our family already knew: He had been diagnosed with an aggressive glioblastoma, and the prognosis was serious. In the year since, John has surpassed expectations for his survival. But the progress of disease and the inexorable advance of age render their verdict. With his usual strength of will, he has now chosen to discontinue medical treatment,” the statement declared. “Our family is immensely grateful for the support and kindness of all his caregivers over the last year, and for the continuing outpouring of concern and affection from John’s many friends and associates, and the many thousands of people who are keeping him in their prayers. God bless and thank you all.” McCain, 81, has served as a Republican senator from Arizona since 1987, when he replaced Barry Goldwater.
I have had more than my fair share of harsh things to say about John McCain over the years, and in my defense, many of them were well deserved.
However, now that he is close to the end I am really starting to feel bad for him.
When McCain’s life comes to an end, the cable news shows, newspapers, and broadcast news programs are invariably going to honor him by showing highlights of his life.
His capture in Vietnam will be shown, his marriages, his congressional career, his many years in the Senate, and his presidential campaigns.
And for that last one, it is a certainty that this event will be talked about as well.
Despite all of the accomplishment of this man’s career, the one thing that he will be most remembered for is dragging the Wasilla Wendigo out of the wilds of Alaska and plopping her smack down in the middle of the national stage.
That one event, it can be argued, gave birth to the Tea Party, Birtherism, a mainstreaming of racism in the GOP, and even the candidacy of Donald Trump.
Essentially John McCain ushered in the destruction of his own party and opened the door to allow incredible damage to befall the country that he so loved.
And unfortunately for his legacy that is what will be shown on loop for several days after he finally shuffles off this mortal coil.
And that is something I would not wish on my worst enemy.