John McCain has been a senator from Arizona for many years, but it became apparent in yesterday’s Senate Intelligence Committee hearing when he was obviously befuddled during his questioning of former FBI director James Comey. He referred to President Trump as Mr. Comey several times, and he obviously did not understand the difference between the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server for government business and the investigation of the Trump campaign’s alleged ties to the Russian government.
Senator McCain has never been an intellectual giant. During his 2008 presidential campaign against Barack Obama it became painfully obvious that Senator McCain had no grasp whatsoever of economics. His choice of Sarah Palin, as his running mate was not an intelligent decision.
Senator McCain’s cognitive abilities seem to have declined even further in the intervening years. It’s time for him to step down. However, how can we make Senator McCain aware that he is in cognitive decline? Almost anyone in that situation denies it, just as I convinced myself that I wasn’t becoming hard of hearing.
Senator McCain won his sixth term in 2016. Because senators serve for six years, he will not be up for reelection until 2022. That is too long to have a senior senator from my state of Arizona in office while no longer having the mental capacity to do the job. We can only hope that Senator McCain himself becomes aware that he is no longer mentally fit to do the job and retires.