Veterans group mistakenly announces John McCain’s death

John McCain is well-known for his military service to our country. His record as a soldier is heroic, which is more than can be said for his record as a politician.

McCain is suffering from brain cancer, and even he knows that the end is likely to be soon. He may have been surprised, however, to read a press release from the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) organization, which announced his death prematurely. 

Not so fast, VFW.

Editor’s Worst Nightmare

The embarrassing email was sent on Friday, with the subject line “VFW Remembers Sen. John McCain.”

“The 1.7 million-member Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States and its Auxiliary are saluting the life of one of their own, U.S. Sen. John S. McCain III, who died (today/yesterday) after battling brain cancer,” the press release said.

It appears that the email was being prepared in advance, and was sent in error.

Some of the fields in the email template were left unfilled, indicating that it wasn’t intended for public consumption.

The VFW later apologized to the McCain family for the mistake.

Time to step down

While rumors of McCain’s demise are highly exaggerated, the news on his health isn’t good.

He’s been unable to fulfill his duties as Senator, or even attend sessions in Washington.

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We’re rooting for McCain to make an improbable comeback and beat his cancer. At the same time, his age and incapacity means that he should step down from his Senate seat.

No one wants to say it, but it’s time for McCain to resign. It’s not fair to the people of Arizona to not have one of their senators advocating on their behalf.

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