A Lion of the Senate in Winter

John McCain is ultimately a tragic figure. A great, honorable man, a consistent force for good in the Senate, in 2000 he fell to the low, cynical machinations of a lesser man.  It is impossible not to imagine how the world would be different had President McCain been in charge on September 11, 2001.

Eight long years later, McCain traded his independence, his integrity to win the approval of a party that always disdained him, and for what? Time had moved on, and his pet issues of fighting pork and low taxes and small government were suddenly blown away by Obama’s generational tide and by the 100-year-flood of conservative pet theories going bust.

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