2018-05-05 23:46:29 UTC
The great thing about death is that Donald Trump wont be there.
From a New York Times feature on John McCains visits with loved ones and
friends as he battles brain cancer:
His intimates have informed the White House that their current plan for his
funeral is for Vice President Mike Pence to attend the service to be held in
Washingtons National Cathedral but not President Trump, with whom Mr. McCain
has had a rocky relationship.
The piece, At His Ranch, John McCain Shares Memories and Regrets With Friends,
is ostensibly John McCain sharing memories and regrets with friends, which is to
say, a bit of a painful preview obituary for a man with brain cancer, overcast
by the awareness that political vultures are already circling his seat. But its
also an opportunity for the Times to extoll the oft-cited axioms of the
admittedly flawed politician, whether or not you actually believe them to be
true about John McCain: following a moral compass, reaching across the aisle,
criticizing the establishment, rooting for Joe Biden, lamenting the loss of the
past (generally), lamenting the loss of the past (political sanity), lamenting
past decisions (Sarah Palin), and an excerpt from McCains forthcoming book
which the New York Times has obtained, by the way:
In the book, Mr. McCain scorns Mr. Trumps seeming admiration for autocrats and
disdain for refugees.
He seems uninterested in the moral character of world leaders and their
regimes, he writes of the president. The appearance of toughness or a reality
show facsimile of toughness seems to matter more than any of our values.
Flattery secures his friendship, criticism his enmity.
His party is terrible, also.