Early bird tickets for Baltimore’s BEST party on sale now!

Sarah Palin

Witcover: On the loss of John McCain

Witcover: On the loss of John McCain

The death of John McCain at 81 leaves a huge void in the Senate, in the country and most importantly in the ranks of truth-tellers in American politics. As such, his passing is a particular loss to my news-business fraternity, which depends on his like to sort out the wheat from the chaff of chattering public officeholders.

I first encountered him nearly 30 years ago when he found himself in an Arizona savings and loan scandal in which he acknowledged having used "poor judgment." He received only a mild rebuke from a Senate ethics committee and admitted that "the appearance of it was wrong, and it was the wrong thing to do."

The incident also involved...