Give Charlie Black a Break

C’mon.  You got be kidding?  Charlie Black, one of American’s most veteran, experienced, professional political operators, is asked by a journalist if a terrorist attack on American soil would work to John McCain’s advantage and he says yes.  And that is a scandal? Naaah. Tell me this ain’t happening?

And then Obama spokesman, Bill Burton says that Black’s comments are “a complete disgrace.” Te, he, he.

And then McCain says of Charlie Black, his own political strategist, “I cannot imagine why he would say it.  It’s not true.” Oh my goodness. Did McCain really say that?

This is just too comical.  At least thirty million people have said and thought that a terrorist act on American soil would work to McCain’s advantage that includes everyone who has read a headline or watched the evening news at least once in the last month.  It doesn’t mean they want it to happen or that they don’t care about their fellow Americans, they are just thinking the same things that any political observer with an I.Q. of 85 and above would be thinking.  Sort of like, the continued downturn in the economy helps Obama.

I’ll tell you what would have been a scandal, if Charlie Black had said no.  Now, that would have confirmed to us all that he is either a blooming idiot or a hypocrite.  Which is what McCain looks like for saying what we all know is an absolute bald faced lie.  I mean, I may vote for the man, but for him to get up and say that it is not true, that a terrorist act on American soil would not raise our concerns about security and make us more likely to vote for him, is just gaggable.  If it is not true then why is he running for president?  He needs to change his speeches and pull all his proposed ads for the fall.

I’ll tell you what would have been impressive.  If the Obama camp had just overlooked it, or said something gracious like they did when Hillary mused about the tidings of June.  That would have made them look really big.

And sooner or later, McCain has got to demonstrate loyalty to somebody.  Other than George W. Bush, that is, and the media drummers to whose beat he, McCain, faithfully jumps.

Look at Barack Obama’s difficulty in breaking with Rev. Wright?  In fact, one could make the case that he didn’t break with him at all.  It was the other way around.  And Obama stood by his foreign advisor who made the ill timed remarks at that conference in Canada.  It smacks of Harry Truman’s touching loyalty to Thomas Pendergast.  It makes him look good, like a leader.  Like someone who will not drop you when you’re down.

And then compare that to McCain’s dumping of John Hagee, who raised $30 million for Israeli – Jewish causes but was left to look like some anti-semite bigot because it was too complicated to explain predestination.  And now, McCain dumps on his own political strategist. Hmmm.

“I cannot imagine why he would say it.  It’s not true.”  Yeah, right.


Published by Doug Wead

Doug Wead is a New York Times bestselling author whose latest book, Game of Thorns, is about the Trump-Clinton 2016 election. He served as an adviser to two American presidents and was a special assistant to the president in the George H.W. Bush White House.

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