McCain “comes to terms with his imminent hour of departure”

Virulent brain cancer on the march, McCain invites the unintended by banning Trump | 

(Joe Fitzgerald, Boston Herald) Sen. John McCain’s banning of Donald Trump from his upcoming funeral was born of a vexation so visceral even death can’t soften it.

With virulent brain cancer on the march, the 81-year-old senator has come to terms with his imminent hour of departure.

But that no-fly list may be at odds with his original intention.

Invitation lists tell us who we’re going to see. McCain’s idea, if it ever catches on, is to let us know who we won’t be seeing, and that can have unintended consequences.

Back in 1971 the Nixon administration compiled an enemies list put, identifying the president’s most relentless and vitriolic critics.

Those who made the list regarded it as a badge of honor, emboldening them to swing even harder from the heels in challenging everything Nixon said and did, not unlike the undermining Trump encounters daily.

It boosted the self-importance of those whose names were on it, but also inflicted trauma on the pride of those whose names were missing, as if Nixon wasn’t bothered as much by them.

Imagine, previewing our own funerals, checking out who’s there and who’s not. Anyway, Trump won’t be going to McCain’s funeral. Stayed tuned for more details. See the full story at Boston Herald.

Meghan McCain pushes back at Hatch over comments about father’s funeral

(The Hill) Meghan McCain on Tuesday fired back at Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) over his comments about her father’s eventual funeral.

“I’d like everybody to take a collective breath and chill out on my dad for a second — especially Orrin Hatch,” McCain said on The View.

Hatch said Monday that it was “ridiculous” for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) to request that President Trump not attend his funeral and said that McCain should reconsider.

Meghan McCain added that her father is having a “great recovery” at home in Arizona after his treatment and surgery and that he is talking and “making jokes.”

“It’s a process as anyone knows,” she said. Read the full story at The Hill. 

PREVIOUSLY: John McCain Battles Donald Trump With His Dying Breaths

(Frank Bruni, New York Times) Senator Lindsey Graham once described his friend John McCain as someone who would “run across the street to get in a good fight.”

McCain’s final battle came straight to him.

I’m not talking about the one against brain cancer, which has kept the 81-year-old senator at home in Arizona for months and prompted many friends, including Joe Biden, to travel there recently to see him, possibly for the last time. I’m talking about the one against Donald Trump.

McCain has waged it in public remarks since Trump’s election, including a speech in Philadelphia last October, when he pushed back against the “half-baked, spurious nationalism” that was gripping too many Americans and lamented the abdication of America’s moral leadership in the world.

He wages it in a forthcoming book, “The Restless Wave,” an advance excerpt of which includes his complaint that Trump fails “to distinguish the actions of our government from the crimes of despotic ones” and that he prioritizes “a reality-show facsimile of toughness” over “any of our values.”

The fight isn’t really between two men.

It’s between two takes on what matters most in this messy world. I might as well be blunt: It’s between the high road and the gutter.

McCain has always believed, to his core, in sacrifice, honor and allegiance to something larger than oneself. Trump believes in Trump, and whatever wreckage he causes in deference to that god is of no concern. Read the full story at NY Times. 

Obama, George W. Bush asked to deliver McCain eulogies

| Trump persona non grata at National Cathedral service; Pence will attend

UPDATED: Son-in-law releases details of McCain’s condition

(Rebecca Shabad, NBC News, WASHINGTON) People close to Sen. John McCain have told the White House that the ailing Arizona Republican does not want President Donald Trump to attend his funeral and would like Vice President Mike Pence to come instead, a source close to McCain confirmed to NBC News.

McCain, 81, has been battling an aggressive form of brain cancer for nearly a year and is back home in Arizona after he underwent surgery last month for an intestinal infection. [Update below.]

The senator, the 2008 GOP presidential nominee, said in an audio excerpt this week of his forthcoming memoir, “I don’t know how much longer I’ll be here,” according to a clip aired by NPR.

The White House did not immediately return a request for comment.

Former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush plan to be eulogists at McCain’s funeral service, which is to be held at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., the source close to McCain said. Read the full story at NBC News

(Associated Press, PHOENIX) Sen. John McCain’s son-in-law says the senator is “talking, he’s chatty and he’s walking around” as he battles brain cancer.

Ben Domenech said Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation” that McCain is “very grateful for the chances and fortune that he’s experienced in life. He’s reflecting at the end on a lot of different things.”

McCain left Washington in December and hasn’t yet been able to return. Read the full story at

(CNN) President Donald Trump is not expected to be invited to the funeral service, a source close to McCain confirmed.

Former Vice President Joe Biden recently took a trip to Arizona to visit Sen. John McCain and says McCain is “concerned about the state of the country,” The New York Times reported Saturday.

Biden described the visit, which took place last Sunday, saying, “John knows he’s in a very, very, very precarious situation, and yet he’s still concerned about the state of the country.”

Biden told the newspaper that he and McCain “talked about how our international reputation is being damaged and we talked about the need for people to stand up and speak out.”

Another person close to McCain said, “we don’t know how much time he has … but let’s pray he hangs on to be a conscience for this country.”

The New York Times said Vice President Mike Pence is expected to attend the funeral, which is set to be held at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC.

The Times also reported that some McCain associates hope to see a “McCain person” take his Senate seat, and that Cindy McCain could be one such person. Read the full story at CNN.


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