John McCain is buried, may his philosophy soon follow.
Now they lay his body down
Sad old men who run this town
“Kings,” Steely Dan (Walter Becker and Donald Fagen), 1972
Novelists can align their stories with whatever deeper truth they’re trying to convey. Real life is seldom so neat, but the death of John McCain can neither be separated from nor understood without appreciating its symbolic elements. The mourning functionaries and hagiographic media that laid McCain to rest symbolically buried, without realizing it, the philosophy he so epitomized. Send not to know for whom the bell tolled, it tolled for what they so fervently believe.