Decades ago, Welsh poet Dylan Thomas wrote a poem dedicated to his frail and aged father that began with these words:
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Those familiar with Arizona’s now seriously ailing senior senator, known for his salty tongue, colluding with liberals and crassness, would find it difficult to view him as a devotee of poetry. But John McCain’s recent actions show him to be raging against the ravages of his final illness and the encroaching loss of “the light,” obviously taking Dylan Thomas’ words to his own dying father to heart.
This past week alone, in an excerpt from his soon-to-be released memoir, actually written by his longtime confidant and biographer Mark Salter, McCain needlessly insulted Sarah Palin — his 2008 VP selectee — saying that he should have followed his better instincts and put Democrat Joe Lieberman on his ticket as his vice presidential running mate. It’s clear he missed seeing the profusion of bumper stickers on Arizona roadways that were sliced horizontally across the middle, removing the name McCain and leaving Palin. When chauffeurs do the driving bumper stickers aren’t in your sight line.
Devoid of class even in his waning days, he has issued an exclusionary guest list for his funeral, intentionally omitting Donald Trump, the President of the United States, who incurred McCain’s wrath for winning the nation‘s top office, a feat that eluded McCain. Fellow Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) calling the move “ridiculous,” later apologizing for his remark.
Though he repeatedly led failed attempts partnering with Democrats to grant amnesty — including eventual citizenship — to those illegally invading the U.S., McCain condemns Republicans for adhering to the Rule of Law and expecting our generous legal immigration policy to be followed.
Widely reported at the time, McCain finally acknowledges delivering a discredited, inflammatory “dossier” to then-FBI Director James Comey containing what turned out to be false allegations against President Trump. “I discharged that obligation, and I would do it again. Anyone who doesn’t like it can go to hell,” McCain states in his biography.
McCain’s latest gambit, reported on Wednesday, is his urging the U.S. Senate to reject Gina Haspel’s nomination to become CIA director, claiming she was unable to satisfactorily address concerns regarding her role in the use of enhanced interrogation techniques during the Bush administration. Her assurances that the practices that served to provide valuable information are no longer used, is of no consequence to McCain‘s operatives who issued a defamatory statement in his behalf.
Rather than seeking peace at the end of his life, the still angry McCain brazenly continues to “rage, rage against the dying of the light,” even when there is nothing substantive to incur his wrath.