Medical trouble gives politics perspective

It’s gratifying to see political boundaries being ignored by well-wishers of John McCain in his battle against the most dangerous form of skin cancer.

McCain is to begin treatment tomorrow for a recurrence of melanoma that required surgery in 1993 on the Republican U.S. senator from Arizona.

Despite being on opposite sides of the presidential race in which he once aspired to be his party’s nominee, McCain received public encouragement yesterday from Democratic candidate Al Gore, who called him “courageous,” and running mate Joseph Lieberman, who included a message to McCain in a speech at the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles.

Ironically, the Republicans’ convention earlier this month also was distracted by the medical condition of a national political figure. A stroke suffered by Gerald Ford made people forget political persuasions and simply wish the former president the best.

The travails of Ford and McCain add significance to the expression that politics is about people.

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