Senator John McCain is reviewing the icons in his life, men of substance and honor, the characters who inspired his own drive to serve the country. In his new memoir, the Senator lauds the likes of Teddy Roosevelt, Barry Goldwater, and Robert Jordan… Robert Jordan? Yes.
The inspired, doomed protagonist of Hemingway’s “For Whom The Bell Tolls” risks his life, but not his honor, putting his mission and the concerns of others ahead of himself in a bloody, and as it turns out, morally ambiguous civil war.
The tale resonated with a young McCain, and Jordan still stands tall on McCain’s mantle along with his other heroes in a world “worth the fighting for.” Loyalty, honor and courage, from the Spanish Civil War to the Senate floor.
Senator John McCain