Saturday morning saw a Washington, D.C. funeral for the late Arizona senator John McCain, who passed away one week ago at his ranch in northern Arizona.
The funeral saw eulogies from former presidents of both parties, a rare occurrence for anyone who was never president.
“It seems like the country is just yearning for civility,” said anchor Ana Cabrera.
According to CNN analyst Ron Brownstein, the mood of the room at today’s funeral was grieving for both McCain and the American ideal he represented.
“I was struck by the tone of today’s funeral. It was less a eulogy than a call to arms. Every speaker either directly or indirectly made a very affirmative case for a different kind of politics,” said Brownstein. “It was an bipartisan rejection of this kind of politics that is inherently grounded in division.”
Because he was a centrist who liked to work with the other side of the aisle, McCain stands in stark relief to our current president.
“Very few non=presidents have had the sort of week of remembrance that John McCain just had,” Brownstein said. “You have to go back to Bobby Kennedy in 1968 and before that you have to go back to Daniel Webster in the ninetieth century to find someone who wasn’t a president and struck such a chord.”
"I was struck by the tone of today’s funeral. It was less a eulogy than a call to arms. Every speaker either directly or indirectly made a very affirmative case for a different kind of politics. " @RonBrownstein pic.twitter.com/zY1fnBXtaH
— Ana Cabrera (@AnaCabrera) September 1, 2018