The John McCain paradox: A great speech and a terrible vote in one year

One obituary of many on the passing of John McCain:

And my friend Jed Babbin sums up McCain well in this piece for the American Spectator:

My short take on the departure of John McCain from this life: I never questioned John McCain's motivation, patriotism and determination. I did from time to time question his judgment and his faithfulness to the Constitution. I only met him once, and I challenged him about McCain-Feingold; he did not seem to enjoy my question. I appreciate his service to the nation, especially in the Navy. As for his political impact, I suppose his passing leaves me more sad for his friends and family than for the country. It's not that John McCain was a bad senator; there were and are many worse and many who love their country less. It's just that I would have hoped for better from the man whose seat was previously held by Barry Goldwater. As always, John McCain was a complicated man.


Senator John McCain's comments in 2017 when receiving the Liberty Medal are a good summary of the best parts of the man. The substance of the remarks starts around 3:30.


While I was never a big fan of John McCain, I do feel a bit sad that so many people will remember this as a defining moment of his career:


Some reactions from people who knew him:

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