Mc­Cain’s liv­ing legacy is to show us the kind of lead­er­ship that’s pos­si­ble

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Carter Eskew Getty Im­ages Carter Eskew worked on Al Gore’s 2000 pres­i­den­tial campaign.

If Sen. John Mc­Cain, R-Ariz., were to die to­mor­row, his legacy as a pa­triot, hero and mav­er­ick would be se­cure, but I don’t think his­tory is done with him yet. I think his finest hours may lie ahead.

Ev­ery now and then in Washington some­thing hap­pens that tem­po­rar­ily shakes the body politic out of its cyn­i­cal tor­por: the death of a pres­i­dent; a ter­ror­ist at­tack; the mass shoot­ing of chil­dren. And now the ter­ri­ble news that Mc­Cain has the same form of ag­gres­sive brain cancer that felled Ted Kennedy may have a sim­i­lar im­pact. It may awaken our lead­ers to a new sense of what’s im­por­tant, what’s pos­si­ble, what’s re­quired of them.

Mc­Cain’s po­ten­tial death sen­tence may have given him new life to write a fi­nal chap­ter in his life. Al­ready beloved by many of his col­leagues, revered by the press and re­spected by the pub­lic, Mc­Cain’s voice can ring louder and clearer than ever. He can sum­mon Congress to work to­gether to pass a bi­par­ti­san health care bill and to en­gage in job-cre­at­ing tax re­form. He could even con­sider re­sum­ing his lead­er­ship on im­mi­gra­tion re­form and global warm­ing that waned in re­cent years. He would be the cen­ter of at­ten­tion and af­fec­tion, and he has a rare op­por­tu­nity to make what could be his last days count.

Fi­nally, can one think of a starker con­trast to Don­ald Trump’s nar­cis­sis­tic lazi­ness than John Mc­Cain’s self­less heroism? Just by liv­ing, Mc­Cain re­minds Amer­i­cans of what a leader can do and be, and that they don’t have to set­tle for the low stan­dards set by our cur­rent pres­i­dent.

Mc­Cain is al­most free, free from a life of ex­pec­ta­tions, the bur­dens of tor­ture and also much joy. But he will not go qui­etly. Once again, he will lead by ex­am­ple and show us the way it can be done. Mac Tully, CEO and Pub­lisher; Justin Mock, Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent of Fi­nance and Chief Fi­nan­cial Of­fi­cer; Bill Reynolds, Se­nior VP, Cir­cu­la­tion and Pro­duc­tion; Judi Pat­ter­son, Vice Pres­i­dent, Hu­man Re­sources; Bob Kin­ney, Vice Pres­i­dent, In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy

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