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John McCain's Legacy Fizzles in Failure to Rename Office Building

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The late John McCain, a Vietnam veteran and a longtime US Senator, is a polarizing figure in the American political world.

Certainly, as time passes and we are further removed from his recent death, these tough conversations will become easier to engage in.  For the time being, this is still a sore subject for some, and as such, I’ll attempt to be as delicate as I can in describing McCain’s controversies.

First, there is the issue of his service record.  For many, McCain’s portrayal of himself as a war hero is an enormous piece of how they see the late Senator.  Those who served with him, and others within the vicinity of McCain during his time as a prisoner of war, however, have a bit of a different tale to tell.  McCain’s help in creating anti-US propaganda during his time in military custody is often cited as one of his major detriments, and is an unforgivable offense for many.

I will say, personally, that McCain did impress me incredibly during one of his campaigns for President, in which he was running against Barack Obama.

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Regardless of your beliefs about Barack Obama now, at the time of this town hall appearance, McCain stuck his neck out to protect the decorum of the national political scene.  McCain knew right from wrong in a way that many of today’s younger public servants may never.

Sure, I lost some of you with that clip, but let me revisit my earlier point:  McCain was polarizing during his time in the republican party, and, maybe even now he is polarizing in death.

McCain, who often confounded colleagues in life, continues to do so in death as senators search for an acceptable honor.

They named the annual defense policy bill after him just before his death. But that’s almost a pedestrian honor at this point, with plenty of lawmakers liked by their colleagues getting similar treatment on legislation that was dear to them.

Sens. Chris Coons, Delaware Democrat, and Thom Tillis, North Carolina Republican, have suggested enhancing an existing bipartisan human-rights caucus in the Senate, turning it into a commission and naming it after McCain.

“Meaning, elevate it by giving it more resources, some staff, and a broader charter to be the convening place for conversation and action about human rights in the Senate,” Mr. Coons said.

A similar commission in the House is named after former Rep. Tom Lantos, a California Democrat who was the only Holocaust survivor to serve in Congress.

But the McCain commission legislation has not advanced out of committee.

It gets hairier…

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Sen. Jeff Flake, an Arizona Republican who served with McCain and who had backed Mr. Schumer’s idea to rename the Russell Building, said it was his own fellow Republicans who scuttled that plan.

“We need a lot more support if we were going to do it,” he said.

As above, so below, even for John McCain.

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As a lifelong advocate for the dream promised us in the Constitution, Andrew West has spent his years authoring lush prose editorial dirges regarding America's fall from grace and her path back to prosperity. When West isn't railing against the offensive whims of the mainstream media or the ideological cruelty that is so rampant in the US, he spends his time seeking adventurous new food and fermented beverages, with the occasional round of golf peppered in.