Over his life John McCain has been an exemplary servant to the country in furthering unity while leading with his strong personality and humility, writes Matthew Scully of National Review. As a senator he always sought to make decisions with his heart, rather than according to party loyalty. This was highlighted when he went against the GOP’s 2017 Obamacare repeal effort. He never milked the fact that he was a courageous war hero, remaining stoically dignified on the subject. As a senator he sought unity first and foremost while shunning partisan bickering. Americans can be grateful for having had such a special man serving them.
John McCain’s legacy is tainted with the blood of thousands of people both at home and abroad, asserts Eoin Higgins of The Outline. The Senator has regularly backed policies that pushed for more military intervention abroad. This resulted in a needless surge in civilian deaths for a highly underwhelming outcome. The assertion that he puts conscience before party falls short, given the way he joined the Tea Party-inspired war against any policy that Obama tried to get done, including healthcare. He has continued this by spinelessly backing Trump, who ridiculed him having been captured in Vietnam. McCain's legacy isn't positive, it's shameful.