Sen. John McCain is thinking about his funeral. The 81-year-old who has brain cancer knows his time is short although he has continued to work as a senator. What is McCain, one of President Donald Trump’s strongest critics, thinking about as he considers that eventuality? Not having Trump there at his funeral.
It seems he isn’t letting bygones be bygones, either, at least when it comes to President Trump. According to The New York Times, the Arizona senator and his staff have already begun planning for his funeral, and inviting the president is not on the agenda.
“His intimates have informed the White House that their current plan for his funeral is for Vice President Mike Pence to attend the service to be held in Washington’s National Cathedral but not President Trump, with whom Mr. McCain has had a rocky relationship,” reported the newspaper.
That service, when it comes, will no doubt be a major affair with VIP attendance and national news coverage. McCain and Trump may have such a bad relationship that the commander in chief isn’t invited to the funeral, but the senator is keeping close contact with a few other big names.
With whom is he spending time? Well, that should tell you everything. It’s Joe Biden.
According to The Times, he’s been spending hours at the McCain residence in Arizona, which apparently included a bit of veiled Trump bashing.
“Here 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 Times. “We talked about how our international reputation is being damaged and we talked about the need for people to stand up and speak out.”
He’s also been chummy and hanging out with Sen. Joe Lieberman, a moderate liberal, who was Sen. Al Gore’s running mate in the 2000 race.
In a way, John McCain’s insistence on clinging to moderate liberalism, exemplified by Lieberman and Biden, perfectly illustrates the problem with his political career. Nobody disputes that McCain is a fighter, but he always seemed to be somewhat confused about which side he was fighting for.
Take the sweepingly unpopular Obamacare measure, for instance. After repeatedly promising his constituents and the American people that he would do whatever it took to repeal and replace the legislation, McCain had a chance to finally keep his word last year — and caved.
Whom a man invites to his own funeral is, of course, his business, and a somber service without the inevitable distractions of a Trump appearance is not the worst idea in the world.
If that decision is meant as a personal snub against the president, however, it strikes of pettiness from a politician who twice failed to reach the Oval Office.
Playing politics at this point seems pretty sad.
Hopefully, he’s able to set politics aside and have peace.