John McCain died the same day as my uncle Sen. Ted Kennedy. That bond would have pleased Teddy. (Like Jefferson & Adams) day They always enjoyed a strong mutual affection. McCain was always kind to me. He was a leader in climate for a decade and was not scared to cross the aisle. He also was a voice of sanity and morality against water boarding and other forms of torture. The outpouring of grief today on Twitter goes beyond our sadness about losing John. People are mourning the loss of the Republic.