NBC is reporting the death of Arizona Senator John McCain, this evening. McCain, 81, had been suffering from inoperable brain cancer.
Just days ago, McCain made the decision to end treatment and accept his fate. McCain remained a fighter until the end.
McCain’s wife Cindy and their family were at his bedside when he passed.
“Senator John Sidney McCain III died at 4:28 p.m. on August 25, 2018” according to a statement released by McCain’s office.
McCain had represented the people of Arizona as their senator since January 3, 1987.
On July 19, 2017, McCain announced that he had been diagnosed with a glioblastoma, an aggressive type of brain tumor. The prognosis wasn’t good and earlier this week his family said that McCain accepted that he had lost this fight and announced he was discontinuing treatment.
It’s one of the few fights, if not the only fight, that McCain couldn’t win. In fact, it was McCain’s willingness to take on any fight that made him a polarizing figure to many.
This was never more true than during his many fights over immigration with his fellow Republicans. Or when he cast the deciding vote not to repeal Obamacare after promising his constituents during the campaign that he would vote to repeal it, that appeared to be based on animus towards President Trump.
McCain will perhaps be best remembered for his time as a POW when he was held in a Hanoi prison for 2000 days. In what was perhaps his finest hour, McCain refused to accept preferential treatment when he was offered early release and instead chose to remain with his fellow detainees. McCain made this decision despite the intense torture that he had been subjected to and that had resulted in a number of broken bones.
McCain eventually became the Republican presidential nominee in 2008 but he was unable to prevent Barack Obama from becoming president.
For those looking for a scathing review of McCain’s politics please go elsewhere. At least for the next few days, this space will not be the place for that.
Whatever your feeling about him might be, McCain made himself the man in the arena. May his family take solace from the fact that John McCain’s place was never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory or defeat.
May God have mercy on his soul.