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McCain’s Service Deserves a Fitting Memorial

Rename federal buildings every 50 years, to honor exemplary public servants.

Times change.

Times change.

Photographer: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images 

John McCain was a giant of the Senate and a hero of the republic. The tributes that have been pouring forth from Republicans, Democrats and independents, which will culminate in a weekend of eulogies from past presidents and former colleagues, make that abundantly clear to all — save the current occupant of the Oval Office.

McCain’s lifetime of extraordinary public service, and of putting patriotism above partisanship, deserve more lasting recognition in Washington. Senator Chuck Schumer’s proposal to rename the Russell Senate Office Building for McCain is a good one. It deserves more support than it appears to be getting.