John McCain died Saturday, August 25th. His funeral was yesterday, September 1st, and today, the news and talking head shows are still talking about him. I can’t think of any American politician who has this kind of death coverage, not Ronald Reagan, and not Ted Kennedy, each whom had extensive news coverage of their death and funeral, but nothing like this.
In some ways this was far worse than the Paul Wellstone funeral, which is looked on as ground zero by the right of the left politicizing the most sacred and solemn rituals in our culture. However the leftist protest march that the Wellstone funeral became was spontaneous, or at least not planned by the family. Of course Wellstone died in a plane crash so he probably hadn’t been thinking of the details of his funeral arrangements. John McCain, on the other hand, had been staring down the barrel of a death sentence for over a year. He had plenty of time to think about the end, and what sort of message and legacy he wanted to leave.
And the message was revenge.
I find it hard to grasp the kind of hatred that McCain had for Trump that he dedicated his death to him. In a similar situation, I can’t imagine I would spend my final days trying to get back at someone for some long ago insult. And yet John McCain, a man who had been extensively tortured by the North Vietnamese for years, was able to forgive them for what they did, but couldn’t begin to put behind him the insult of man who simply said he wasn’t a hero.
That’s an interesting window into McCain’s character; make of that what you will.