I lost the point of the whole thing, but I do remember that I said President-elect Biden should mention McCain to Graham - because they were such good friends before Graham became hypnotized by trump. Without trump breathing down his neck, Graham could go back to being a real republican.It's not about hating McCain. It is about being honest about who he was. Dismissing criticism as hatred does a disservice to those who was impacted by his words and actions. Sure, he wasn't President, but he is continually held up as an example of the ideal Republican or worse the ideal Bi-Partisan politician. I think doing so is dangerous because it normalizes misogyny, it normalizes being blood-thirsty toward other countries, it normalizes racism, and it normalizes selling yourself willingly to a wealthy conman (the Keating Five, anyone)?
If people want to lionize McCain, then obviously my opinions on won't change that. I just want to point out that not everyone sees him as the beacon of ideal bipartisanship and there are some who think doing so is dangerous.
I'm very relieved that Biden and Harris were elected and my biggest wish for their administration is to not return to DC business as usual because unfortunately, a lot of DC business as usual as involved normalizing the type of politics that McCain engaged in. I think they and we as a country can do far, far better than that.