Was the McCain funeral a catharsis for Establishment?

Meghan McCain speaks at a memorial service for her father.
Meghan McCain speaks at a memorial service for her father.

There is an old saying that, “actions speak louder than words.” As a CNN analyst said this past weekend, John McCain’s funeral was more of a “call to arms” against President Donald Trump than a eulogy.  In my opinion, it was also a five-day catharsis. I mean, if you look and listen carefully to what all the various speakers said, you will hear McCain’s voice loud and clear — he hated Trump and everything he stands for. Which means, McCain also hated all 63 million voters who elected Trump.

Yes, I have no doubt the Senator dearly loved his 2nd wife and children. And, I have no doubt they loved him equally as much in return. And, obviously some of his close colleagues, like Senator Lindsey Graham, loved him too. But, what those who were Democrat or Never-Trump Republicans saw and heard at the various funeral events was an opportunity, not only to mourn McCain, but to lash out at the reason for their new political reality.

True, no one ever actually said Trump’s name aloud. They didn’t have to. For example, it was at that second funeral in Washington that McCain’s daughter Meghan got caught up in her father’s anger saying: “The America of John McCain has no need to be made great again because America was always great.”

Which showed that Meghan had forgotten her father’s 2008 slogan — COUNTRY FIRST!  I mean, that slogan was not all that different from “Make American Great Again.” I mean, if you put America first, you are hoping to make it great.

Yes, I know that Senator McCain was a good man and a well-respected U.S. Senator. That is a given. But, he was not the saint the establishment, also called the “swamp,” portrayed him to be.  As a Canadian and a distant observer who likes to follow U.S. politics, it became obvious to me half way through the nearly week long celebration of McCain’s life, what McCain had done. It was he, remember, that decided each of the various speakers at each memorial. Meaning, he could anticipate what was likely going to be said. First, they would remember McCain fondly, which they did. Second, they would talk about all the reasons they hate Trump and what he stands for — as in blaming him for their lack of civility and divisiveness.

McCain also snubbed, not only Trump, making it clear that he would not be welcome at any event but McCain also betrayed his Vice- Presidential running mate of 2008, the person McCain personally chose, Sarah Palin. Regardless of how loyal she had been to him, like Trump, Palin was asked by the family not to attend any events.

Of course, it made sense to have a funeral ceremony in Phoenix. Arizona was his constituency and where the people he represented and loved, lived or used to live. But, the lying in state at the Capital in Washington seemed really out of place because McCain wasn’t a former President. Yet, McCain himself planned both the lying in state and the second funeral. As a result, I can’ t help wonder what those decisions say about him?

The crux of the matter is that all five days of funeral events likely turned out just as McCain hoped.  It was a time not only to remember him, but was a group catharsis for the Democrat left and never-Trump Republicans establishment. If, however, as many in the U.S. liberal media are suggesting, it was also a “call to arms,” Trump and his supporters can expect even more divisiveness and lack of civility in the future.

C/P at Jack’s Newswatch.

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Sandy is a retired educator, author & former conservative political strategist. She operated the first "Crux of the Matter" from 2006 until 2017 and opened this "Crux of the Matter 2.0" blog in late August, 2018.

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