Dana Milbank’s soppy panegyric to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), “The greatest political leader of our time” [Sunday Opinion, May 13], made it clear he should recuse himself from any further editorializing on the subject. Mr. Milbank, like much of the media today, is simply in the tank regarding Mr. McCain. Mr. McCain is certainly a hero, but he is definitely not “the single greatest political leader of our time.” And it isn’t even close.
A cursory look at Mr. McCain’s record would show a politician who supported President Trump’s recent tax giveaway, favored making the George W. Bush-era tax giveaway permanent and supported cutting discretionary spending and privatizing Social Security. Mr. Milbank might argue these are political positions reasonable people can disagree on. So be it.
Mr. McCain also favors overturning Roe v. Wade, has a zero percent rating from NARAL Pro-Choice America and opposes sex education in public schools. And, although in 2008 he did admit his 1983 mistake in voting against making the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday a national holiday, it is remarkable it took him 25 years to admit that mistake.
Finally, many draw a straight line from his naming then-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) as his vice-presidential running mate to the dumpster fire we now see burning daily in the White House.
Mr. McCain is a national hero, no doubt, but he is certainly not the greatest politician of our time.
Bill Byrd, North Beach