I want to offer some kind words about John McCain.
One year ago, Sen. McCain received a medical diagnosis no one wants to hear: He had contracted an aggressive form of brain cancer, glioblastoma.
I don’t know what the docs told him about his prognosis. Sen. McCain has indicated it was grim.
But he’s still with us. For that I am grateful.
I’ll be candid about Sen. McCain. I disagree with his conservative political views. I did not vote for him when he ran as the Republican nominee for president in 2008.
However, I long have admired Sen. McCain for the valiant public service he has given to his country. It spans many decades, including his years as a Navy officer.
In 1967, the young aviator had the extreme misfortune of being shot down over Hanoi during the height of the Vietnam War. He was taken captive and held for more than five years. He was injured when he ejected from his jet fighter; his wounds never were treated properly. He was tortured and submitted to solitary confinement.
He persevered. McCain ran for Congress, being elected to the House and then to the Senate.
His courage has never been doubted. His heroism in a time of war is well-documented. I long have admired this man’s service and I have saluted him — through this blog — many times.
I just feel compelled to wish Sen. McCain well as he continues his valiant battle. I consider him a heroic figure.