Monday, June 23, 2008

McCain Adviser Says Terrorist Attack Gives McCain "A Big Advantage"

There's no doubt that George W. Bush was reelected in 2004 because his supporters used the possibility of another terrorist attack as a way to scare people into voting for him. It now appears as though the McCain campaign is prepared to prey on people's fear of terrorism during the 2008 election. McCain's chief strategist, Charlie Black, even told Fortune Magazine that he believes that the death of Benazir Bhutto helped McCain in New Hampshire and that a future terrorist attack "would be a big advantage" for McCain.
We saw how that might play out early in the campaign, when one good scare, one timely reminder of the chaos lurking in the world, probably saved McCain in New Hampshire, a state he had to win to save his candidacy - this according to McCain's chief strategist, Charlie Black. The assassination of Benazir Bhutto in December was an "unfortunate event," says Black. "But his knowledge and ability to talk about it reemphasized that this is the guy who's ready to be Commander-in-Chief. And it helped us." As would, Black concedes with startling candor after we raise the issue, another terrorist attack on U.S. soil. "Certainly it would be a big advantage to him," says Black.
It is extremely disturbing that McCain's chief adviser would even consider saying that a terrorist attack "would be a big advantage to him." Even if it's indeed true that McCain would see a bump in his poll numbers after a terrorist attack, the campaign shouldn't be sending out its top strategist telling the media that the campaign's looking at the political benefits they'd receive from the deaths of innocent Americans.

Besides being concerned about the questionable statement that Black made, McCain supporters should really be wondering why Black would make a comment that would easily have the potential to offend millions of people. When you stop and think about it, the reasoning behind the statement is that many people in the McCain camp are focused on using fear tactics to sure up support for the Republican nominee. McCain himself, after all, was quoted in the very same article as saying Islamic terrorism has the potential to destroy "our very existence."

The country has already suffered enough as a result of having a president with that type of thinking. We simply cannot have McCain and his top advisers use these fear tactics to have another four years of George Bush's policies.

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