John McCain, like everyone else, will die someday.
Unlike the rest of us, however, he could die in the White House, where he would be 80 at the end of two terms. So it's rather surprising that as the general election hits the homestretch, the McCain campaign has effectively squashed efforts by journalists, medical experts and the political class to fully examine his medical records.
The most recent review of McCain's records cannot be described as independent or thorough. In May, the campaign gave a limited group of reporters only three hours to review thousands of documents. Aside from the time limit, the selected reporters were "ensconced" in a cone of silence, as CNN reported. The campaign banned the use of cell phones or e-mail for journalists, who might have consulted with experts while assessing the medical information. It's not clear why so many news outlets consented to such terms.