Senator McCain’s illness
In a life in which there is nothing left to prove, came one more catastrophic challenge Wednesday night.
“McCain has brain cancer,” roared the CNN home page.
On every news front in America, the same words told you the gravity of the moment: One of the world’s most powerful men is severely ill.
That brought all the other powerful people bearing tributes.
He has been through the political gantlet time and again, including a grueling run for president in 2008. And still he managed to stay vital and win a sixth term in the United States Senate at age 80.
So you understand why Sen. McCain is calm.
“He is the toughest person I know,” wrote his daughter. “The cruelest enemy could not break him. ... Cancer may afflict him in many ways. But it will not make him surrender. Nothing ever has.
The McCain legacy is in good hands.
What father could read those words and not be moved to tears.
No one knows how this remarkable story ends. Our prayers and undying admiration are with John McCain today.