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John McCain, a Scarred but Happy Warrior
by The Editorial Board

The New York Times    Translate This Article
25 August 2018

On 25 August 2018 The New York Times reported: With John McCain, you never quite knew. That was a big part of his appeal, one of the things that made him interesting ... Five years ... in a North Vietnamese prison camp appeared to have left him with a pretty good idea of who he was, an ability to think for himself, and the capacity to tune out partisan noises. ... Mr. McCain, through his willingness to tackle thorny and even politically toxic issues, gave hope for the future. His example still does. Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the field of government, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.

. . . in a Senate mostly devoid of the kind of commanding figures who once roamed its halls, he was a rare bird. And he could surprise you.

Especially his fellow Republicans. At a time of confusion and nastiness over immigration, it is worth recalling that he joined with [Democratic] Senator Edward Kennedy in 2005 and then again in 2007 to push a grand compromise that paired stronger controls at the border with a path to citizenship for the nation's 11 or so million undocumented immigrants.

At a time when the political system is once again drowning in money from special interests, it is worth recalling that back in the early 2000s he co-wrote, with Russ Feingold, a Wisconsin Democrat, a landmark bill to tighten the post-Watergate campaign finance reform laws.

. . . it is worth recalling that back in the early 2000s, Mr. McCain and Joseph Lieberman, then a Connecticut Democrat, drafted the first serious bipartisan bill to limit greenhouse gas emissions by putting a price on carbon.

... Mr. McCain was a charming, imperfect man, driven by a code of honor and self-aware enough to know when he had violated it. A Senate where the phrase 'happy warrior' is an oxymoron will miss him.

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