Tuesday, April 17, 2018

"McCain" biography on PBS Frontline

Tonight PBS Frontline presented a one-hour film “McCain”, link
The biography covered the excruciating details of McCain’s capture by the North Vietnamese and his attempted suicide before capture, because he feared dishonor if he confessed under torture.  I can relate to these feelings.

Yet his life recovered enough for the 2008 presidential nomination and loss to Obama.  McCain would not go along with the tribalist far right, with its birtherism and its uncompromising demands that its candidates remain hyperpartisan.  However McCain appointed an ideologue as a running mate in Sarah Palin, who "didn't know anything"  (See HBO "Game Change", movies, March 11, 2012). 

The documentary covered McCain’s no vote on undoing Obamacare in the middle of 2017.

It briefly covered his new struggle with a brain tumor, which has required some absence, but he seems to be doing much better medically than perhaps was expected, with new treatments.
McCain was hesitant about the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” at the end of 2010 but has been fine with saying that indeed some transgender troops are entirely fit to serve, in response to Trump’s attempted transgender ban.

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