What McCain Knew

In the life and career of John Sidney McCain III, who died Saturday of brain cancer at 81, more than a half-century of American history and politics can be traced: of the surrender of the Japanese aboard the USS Missouri on September 2, 1945, attended by his grandfather, four-star Admiral John Sidney McCain Sr., commander of the Fast Carrier Task Force that played a crucial role in securing that outcome; of America’s experience in Vietnam, during which, from the late 1960s onward, his father, four-star Admiral John Sidney McCain Jr., was commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific, and McCain himself, a Navy flier, was shot down over Hanoi and endured six years of captivity that included beatings, torture, and solitary confinement at the hands of the North Vietnamese; of the rise of the Reagan generation of Republicans, especially from the sunbelt, as McCain, an adoptive Arizonan, rose to become one of the nation’s most prominent senators; of the exhaustion and cynicism of post-Cold War politics, as McCain, during his 2000 Republican primary campaign, caught fire with Americans disgusted with both parties—including novelist and essayist David Foster Wallace—and seemed to offer, fleetingly, a chance at something better; and, finally and ironically, through his choice of Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running mate in 2008, of the populist movement brewing in the country, especially (but not exclusively) on the right, which would take full form eight years later, with the election of Donald Trump—an outcome that McCain himself would rue.

via What McCain Knew

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