En route on my clicker from the NBA playoff game to the finale of the Twins' series in Anaheim, I stumble on "one of those shows" and pause long enough to hear some puzzled commentators puzzling over why the White House doesn't just apologize for the rube, Kelly Sadler by name, who said something crass about John McCain not being long for this world.
"It would be so easy to get this embarrassing story behind them," the perplexed talkers agreed.
Sounds reasonable, I guess, but, once they start apologizing, where would it end? Trump himself has said ridiculous, insulting things about McCain that are less plausibly just "jokes" that fell flat when the world heard--because, unlike Sadler, he wanted the world to hear him. What's so hard about being a POW in North Vietnam for the better part of six years, suffering torture and turning down offers of repatriation in exchange for information? The real heroes don't get shot down and captured! From a man who received deferments for his bone spurs! It says something about Trump that it's debatable whether this is the most outrageous thing he's said.
McCain's daughter, Meghan, wants Sadler fired. "I don't understand what kind of environment you're working in where that would be acceptable and the next day you could come to work and still have a job," she said.
I think I understand what kind of environment she's working in. Hell, by Meghan McCain's standard Kelly Sadler's boss would have been fired a hundred times.
According to news reports, McCain is planning his own funeral, which is to be at the National Cathedral in Washington. He has asked President Obama to be one of the eulogists, and has requested that the current president not attend.