John McCain and the “Lakeville Moment”
There’s a lot that one can say about the late Senator John McCain who died today at the age of 81. Even in his last battle with brain cancer, he was a testament of courage.
But what I want to share is a moment in the 2008 Presidential Campaign. It took place my adopted state of Minnesota in the Twin Cities suburb of Lakeville. It’s been called “The Lakeville Moment.” The crowd gathered painted McCain’s rival for the Presidency, fellow Senator Barack Obama as a person to be fearful. How he handled the crowd, especially one elderly lady is an example of the ages.
Even then, what he did was out of character with the politics of the time. He defended then-Senator Obama and he also responded to the naked bigotry of a woman with civility.
I’m sad to see McCain go for many reasons, but most of all because he was a reminder that politics can be honorable, something we seem to have forgotten today.
Godspeed, Senator McCain.