Maverick in Winter: A Fading McCain Takes Final Swipes at Trump. [VIDEO]

Maverick in Winter: A Fading McCain Takes Final Swipes at Trump. [VIDEO]

Maverick in Winter: A Fading McCain Takes Final Swipes at Trump. [VIDEO]

I haven’t seen any news indicating that Sen. John McCain is near death. And, at this time, perhaps he is not. But recent comments and a flurry of activity give me a clue that McCain’s brain cancer may finally be winning the final battle.

For example, his memoir, The Restless Wave, will be released later this month. McCain himself read this excerpt, which seems to be his goodbye to his fellow Americans.

Then there are the whispers that leaked about McCain’s eventual funeral, an event that will take place at Washington’s National Cathedral. Plans are to include Vice President Mike Pence, while Barack Obama and George W. Bush will provide eulogies.

However, there is no invite for President Trump. That’s awkward, although McCain probably never forgave Trump for saying that he was no ‘war hero’ during the primaries.

Moreover, McCain takes swipes at Trump in his memoirs, writing:

“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.”

Yeah, there’s no love lost there at all.

Then there are the visitors and callers to McCain’s home in Arizona who are decidedly not fans of the President, like visitors Sen. Jeff Flake and McCain’s best bud Sen. Lindsey Graham; and George W. Bush, who has called. Finally Joe Biden, a longtime friend of the McCain family — whose son Beau also succumbed to the same brain cancer — visited a week ago. McCain then advised Biden to ‘not walk away’ from politics, although Biden is cagey about announcing a run against Trump in 2020. It may be that McCain is determined to get back at Trump, even from beyond the grave.

McCain has also been dishing on Sarah Palin, whom he regrets naming as his Vice Presidential running mate in 2008. Instead, he wrote that wished that he had picked former Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), although his advisers advised against Lieberman, who supported abortion rights. In the end, writes McCain, he wishes he ignored that advice. However, to his credit, he still defends her performance as a candidate. I haven’t heard the former Alaskan governor make any comment.

I know many of our readers despise John McCain, and while I voted for him in the 2008 presidential election, I must concur that he’s been a disappointment to me, too. And for all his high-minded words about the nation coming together, his vote against dismantling Obamacare was hardly an olive branch to his nemesis Donald Trump. In fact, I believe McCain set out to be the turd in Trump’s punch bowl.

However, the man is dying. And his cancer, glioblastoma, is brutal. I can’t remember where I read this, but I recall a neurologist comparing it to pouring motor oil over a bowl of Jello and watching it infiltrate. “Now,” said the neurologist, “try to get all the oil out.”

Furthermore, my husband’s uncle recently died of glioblastoma, and he didn’t live long after his diagnosis. It is a truly terrible disease. And I hope that, despite all the rancor and bitterness McCain has shown his political foes, his passing is peaceful, and that his loved ones will find solace in his memory as a husband, father, grandfather, and friend.

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Kim is a pint-sized patriot who packs some big contradictions. She is a Baby Boomer who never became a hippie, an active Republican who first registered as a Democrat (okay, it was to help a sorority sister's father in his run for sheriff), and a devout Lutheran who practices yoga. Growing up in small-town Indiana, now living in the Kansas City metro, Kim is a conservative Midwestern gal whose heart is also in the Seattle area, where her eldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandson live. Kim is a working speech pathologist who left school system employment behind to subcontract to an agency, and has never looked back. She describes her conservatism as falling in the mold of Russell Kirk's Ten Conservative Principles. Don't know what they are? Google them!

  • George V says:

    Senator McCain already went through hell once, courtesy of the North Vietnamese. It is truly sad that he must endure yet another round with the evil one.
    May God grant him peace in his last days.

    • Franco says:

      Hid extended stay in the Vietnamese hell was of his own doing. Now he is volontarily paving the road to his own eternal demise. He has always caried the seed of his own demise in his black heart. His innate vice of selfishness and treatury let him to betray his own God and make Faustian bargain with the Devil. His money, power and fame on Earth… Came at the cost of great suffering ti his fellow men. Now it’s time for Lucifer to collect, less he repents, find an Angel to lobby on his behalf with God. I doubt this will happen as God has made it quite clear in the past with Lucifer and the fallen Angels that betrayal and deceit for selfish reason and personal gain is without recourse. Amen!

  • SFC D says:

    I’ve wanted McCain out of office for years, and I was once a supporter and voted for him. He should’ve retired on Cindy’s money 2 terms ago.

    I would never wish this cancer on anyone. This is not how I wanted him to go.

  • Bill Cook says:

    I don’t wish ill of anyone, least of all, someone who went through the hell of Hoa Lo Prison (Hanoi Hilton) and the sadistic inn keepers there for all those years. Still he has been an outsider at best throughout his career and an a**h*** as worst for most of his life. Can’t he, at the end, show a little kindness and let go the animosity he has been filled with.

  • Garland Twitty says:

    On the one hand, Senator M votes conservative about 80% of the time, far better than many of his fellow Republican senators. On the other hand, he has never cared about anyone’s reelection except his own. The power and prestige of being a US senator are all that matters. So now the man who was a pal of Ted Kennedy can’t let go of a stupid remark of Trump’s. (Candidate Trump could have easily smoothed over the insult by saying, “Getting captured did not make you a hero, but risking your life flying multiple missions over Vietnam did, as did your exemplary support for fellow prisoners.”)
    The height of hypocrisy: during his 2016 senatorial re-election campaign, he told us his liberal opponent was an existential threat to America, while he would never say that about Hilary and in fact refused to endorse Trump.

  • PBJ89 says:

    McCain doesn’t like Trump because they are very similar: bboth have huge egos and are selfish. And because Trump won even though he bucked tradition, while McCain lost badly while embracing it (often at its worst). We often dislike those with whom we have the most in common.

    The big difference is that McCain served our country in the military with courage, while Trump did not. (Not trying to start a fight about that, not making a statement either way about what Trump did, it’s simply a fact)

    I pray for John McCain’s soul and I pray that he does not suffer.

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