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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
People saying stupid things during political campaigns is nothing new…but occasionally something comes along that is simply breathtaking in its stupidity.
A top John McCain adviser says another terror attack on the U.S. would help his candidate's chances of winning in November.
Chief McCain strategist Charlie Black tells Fortune magazine the assassination of former Pakistani Prime minister Bhutto last year was an "unfortunate event"... but McCain's quote "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." unquote.
Black also said another terrorist attack on U.S. soil would be "a big advantage" to McCain.
Who says this stuff? Black has already come under fire for his work on behalf of an international assortment of goons, thugs, autocrats, and dictators... from whom he took tons of money in exchange for arranging access to the power corridors of Washington. Black has resigned from his work as a lobbyist.
Here’s my question to you: Should McCain adviser Charlie Black be fired for saying a terrorist attack would help McCain’s chances?
UPDATE: Black says he “deeply regrets” his comments, calling them “inappropriate.” Earlier, McCain distanced himself from the terror comments, saying he disagrees “strenuously” and “cannot imagine” why Black would make them.
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Conor from Chicago writes:
The fact is he's right. A terrorist attack on the U.S. would help McCain's chances significantly. That is precisely why I believe there will be a terrorist attack before the election. I think the Republicans will stop at nothing to remain in power and that includes "allowing" an attack to occur. I often wonder about 9/11-given all that happened after...
Beverly from Fredericksburg, Virginia writes:
Jack, How dumb are these people? If there is an attack, all the media are going to remind the public how this guy wished for the destruction of Americans so they could win a race. Or better yet, how Bush allowed the country to be attacked so his buddy could win a race – How about that for a legacy! Oh by the way, I hope FISA is listening in on Charlie Black's phone calls
Les from Lakeland, Florida writes:
Jack, Why should he be fired? I have heard and read political analysts say the same thing. The logic is that McCain's perceived advantage over Obama on the terrorism issue would be piqued by a terrorist attack. It seems in this politically correct world that even those who speak the truth now must be fired for doing so.
Brian from Trinidad writes:
He should be fired. This type of statement just gives life to the silly belief by so many that our government deliberately encourages these tragedies to make itself look like a hero coming to our rescue.
Jack, If a Democratic advisor had made a boneheaded statement like that, McCain would be the first one to call for his removal from the campaign. Of course Black should be fired, but it is hard for McCain to fire someone singing the song Bush wrote.
George from Texas writes:
I don't know but I thought we lived in a free country where people could say anything they wanted. I have thought that you, Jack, should have been fired for some of the questions you ask, but look where it has gotten me.
Absolutely not. It shows McCain's underbelly for all of us to see. Expect the fear card to be alive and well used between now and the election. And we thought Hillary acted desperate.
Yes, this should be the last straw that breaks the camels back. His lobbying activities were/are questionable, now this.
He said it because he wants to justify Mccain's desire to remain in Iraq. And the fact that Mccain is a reagan-ite without the charisma and appeal. Mccain really has no chance, this is Obama's race to lose. As long as Obama selects a strong V.P. with a military background, Obama can't lose.
he will probably be made a higher advisor but with a gag order. He knows the game, but he wasn't supposed to say that. Fear mongering is only fear mongering if people don't know you're not 100% on their side. Charlie may expose a painful truth, Government doesn't mind us being fearful of terrorism as long as it serves their political cause.
This is why we need change.
He most certainly should not. He should be congratulated. Because with that statement he single-handedly exposed the Republican political strategy of fear mongering. Way to go Charlie.
Didn't Cheney say something like that in 2004? Didn't he and his loser buddy Bush get reelected? Wasn't Cheney right? Look at the last 8 months of our economy. That indeed was a "terrorist" attack.
That is not a the kind of remark a responsible person who advises a presidential candidate would make. Should he be fired? No. McCain does not need any assistance to loose to Obama. He can do that all by himself.
Jack, Charlie Black should never have been hired in the first place. John McCain's embrace of such un – savory characters should provide ample fore-shadowing of things to come in a McCain led administration. Look out below!
Hiram Rapids, Oh.
It's a bad sign when you fire people for telling the truth. Whether its politicly correct to say it or not, his statement is accurate.
Charlie Black should have NEVER been hired, Jack... Just another mistake by McCain that shows he's really out of touch with the majority of American voters.
Quite frankly, I'm glad he hired Black. This just makes it that much easier for voters to see the glaring differences between Senator Obama and Senator McCain.
Can you say, President Obama?
Why fire a personf for telling the truth?
The liberal side will continue to ignore all of the dangers and ecconomic issues pertinent to us right up till the time something terrible happens again.
Only then will some of them wake up to the reality and scope of what is a better course of action.
(Please don't mis-understand me – McCain and the Republicans are also a "loooong waaaay" from being the solution, but they're at least closer than the road of appeasment and withdrawal/defeat chosen by liberals.
Grosse Ile, MI
NOOOOO!!!!! Let John McCain keep Charlie Black, it gives us Dems the issue of "lobbyist are running John McCain's campaign, because John McCain can't invent a new direction for our Nation to go without his lobbyist friends". John McCain requires the "Charlie Black GPS" to know where he's going. Why? Because John McCain has become to old & too set in his ways to change a damn thing.
Should John McCain be fired for his trip to "view" the flood damage. If you ask me there's too much punishment for things people say and not the things they do. I don't think Charlie Black should be fired for saying such a thing. Perhaps he was thinking of the type of terrorist attack that was experienced on Hillary Clinton's Bosnia trip.
A terrorist attack would hurt not help McCain's chances. 9/11 happened under a Republican president, despite what rjected UN Ambassador John Bolton thinks. An attack between now and the election would undermine the spin that our Republican president has made us safer since 2001. Ergo, that would mean that Obama is right and that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have really made us LESS safe.
Should Charlie Black be fired? No, because if he keeps up that transparent fearmongering it's going to make Obama a shoo-in come November.
Jack: No. Charlie Black is just having a "senior moment" just like McCain does everyday.
Yes, but without fear, the Republicans have nothing. And there are many others who have either said or implied the same thing. It's part of their platform.
Perhaps a reprehensible statement, but no one can deny that it's true.
No. I believe just the opposite would take place. Obama could step forward and use the attack as just another example of how the Bush administration has FAILED it's citizens and that he, Obama, could do a better job. In fact, the thought that either presidential candidate would "benefit" from a terrorist attack is really just kind of sickening.
From what I know of the McCain campaign, if he fired all the lobbyists it would just be the McCains left and I'm not real sure about Cindy's status.
It is just the same o same o, with the republicans trying to instill fear in the American voters, probably supporting the hub bub that Bush will pull something in Oct. if McCain is not winning. Course, this is nothing new, as McCain and the republicans have built their whole
campaign on fighting a war, continuing to be macho cowboys.
Should McCain fire him? Don't think it makes a bit of difference
as the American voters are too smart to fall for their tactics two
times in a roll. The war which continues to bankrupt our country
is only important for the fact it does continue to bankrupt our
country. Will we let this happen for another hundred years?
No, no matter how the idiots spin it.
Bring our fighting men and women home safely, honor them
and never forget those who so valiantly fought for this God
forsaken battle, and Never do this to them again.
Can you imagine McCains reaction of Barack had said this.
Oh my gosh!!
NO – leave him alone and see what other stuff he can do to get himself and McCain in trouble! Keep up the good work, Mr. Black!
To borrow one of your phrases, Jack, "He's an idiot". As someone who voted in the primary for Senator Obama, and plan to do the same in November, I'd say this is the best thing to have happened to the Democrats. Way to go, Mr. Black.
Don't be ridiculous he is just saying what the entire GOP is thinking. Your history is what it is and the GOP have been extremely successful in exploiting people being prone to over reaction and their over exuberant patriotism.
yes he needs to be fired, but it also shows how much safer dumb (bush) and dumber (cheney) have really made us and at the cost of billions. no southern border , iraq, afganistan the forgotten war and homeland security make me feel safer. if this fear mongoring doesnt elect obama than nothing will.
Fear tactics at its best...why would anyone fire him for following party lines and policy. Keep him on board on give him a more vocal voice of the campaign's hopes and plans. This is no surprise other than a senior aide voiced the thought in public. Shouldn't we all hear what is being thought, planned and wished for from both sides.
Nah, leave him in. He'll do so much damage Obama will win by even bigger margins.
This is aff subject but what is it with this "Flip Flop". It has been engraned in my head that I am afraid to put on my Flip Flops. It is said probably 2000 times a day with all the broadcasts and I am so sick of it. A question asked 18 months ago can't be changed? Why don't we all just start saying the truth. They changed their mind! I am a polical junkie but I am so sick of "Flip Flop" I may have to start recording Soap Opera's. Thanks for listening jack. To your question if someone from Obama's Camp made that staement just think of what would happen. THEY would have to fire him.
Very poor choice of words...my guess is the spirit of the question is "who would you rather have in charge if there was another terror attack in the US?"...my bet is that no one from NYC would have been looking for the President to negotiate a settlement after that...just a hunch
Yes ,He should be Fired.Playing the Fear Card seems to be the Republicans Royal flush
If you fire him you would have to do away with McCain as well. I sure the whole bunch has the same mind set.
Jack, If McBush fited all the CROOKS he has working for him he could
count them on ONE FINGER .
Jack, excuse me, but, are we not currently under a terrorist attack ? That is, OPEC's economic (terrorist) attack. Bush, Obama, McCain, Black, and all those in power can't seem to find a solution to the escalating and disproportionate oil prices. We are being attacked and there does not seem to be a solution. Lets fire them all !!!
Yes, he is an idiot!!
Charlie was just being honest. That is the terrible reality of scare politics.
Easy one Jack, He's in that neocon class. Plus he has to much dirt under his fingernails. If McCain wants to keep him, I say by all means. Once the left groups remind him of the dirt he has I guarentee he'll be toast. But if McCain wants him around. You have my bless. I'll bet 3 gallons of gas?
Oil City, PA
Charlie Black is only spouting the Republican mind set. Win the election at any cost, it would be unthinkable for the GOP to see the Corporate No Bid Contracts gravy train ended. The backs of the Tax Payers are bending but not broken yet. The GOP wants more time to complete the fleecing of the American Tax Payer. McCain will probably give Charlie a raise.
Mike Wethersfield, CT
We're all waiting for McShame to bomb bomb bomb bomb bomb Iran. Maybe his twin (McBush) will do it for him to help him get elected. You know how those folks are, Jack.
Is Charlie Black another white hair supporter of John
McCain with the likes of Joe Lieberman and Charlie Crist.?
All that white hair on stage makes me want to vote for
"The Senior Team" this year.
The Republicans will use the word "Terrorist" in any way
to scare voters, like your with or against us.
Republicans really scare me! I just hope they're not power-hungry enough to arrange something.
Who cares let us be honest Obama and MCain are boring..... I flip on and off CNN and MSBNC because the real race was so great this general thing bores me
Clinton, who formally ended her presidential bid two weeks ago, is set to return to the Senate Tuesday — Thank God
Even if he is fired it wouldn't change a single thing about McCain's policies, Fear is one of the best ways to control the herd and is interesting to see that McCain is willing to let the dog bark at us and keep us in line. Myself, I am very tired of a government that is not listening at all, and is only using fear "etc" as a tool to keep us in line.
Nah, let him stay and make himself and McCain look ridiculous in front of us all. We need to know exactly what kind of people John McCain is enlisting to help him out in this process of trying to become the next president. Maybe that'll give us some insight on what kind of wackos he'll be putting in his Cabinet if he pulls this election off!
Definately NO, keep him around so he can make many, many more wishful thinking out loud comments to help his will never be influenced by a lobbyist boss.
Now these are the kind of things I like to hear you talk about, Jack. You've got a quote from a political adviser saying something totally inappropriate, and well, kind of frightening. I'll be tuning in tonight to hear what you have to say.
I think he should but this just proves the point that McCain is running on fear tactics. We all should live in fear that is the message McCain sends me.
No. But if he is planning one, then perhaps yes.
Black is still there? I thought McCain already fired him. Does this mean if we have a terrorist attack we can blame it on McCain and his advisors' big mouths?
I view Charlie Black as one of the problems haunting the Republican Party. Let him hang around McCain's neck like an albatross. I refuse to live in fear, all his fear-mongering will do little for me to vote for McCain. Charlie Black's pre McCain advisor lobbying should be scrutinized too. This should shed some light on McCain's REAL economic plans.
How dumb are these people? If there is an attack, all the media is going to remind the public how this guy wished for the destruction of Americans so they could win a race. O better yet, How Bush allowed the country to be attack so his buddy could win a race – How about that for a legacy! Oh by the way, I hope FISA is listening in on Charlie Black's phone calls
If there wree such an attack, there are three possibilities:
1. The attack helps Obama. Anyone believing that is severely dilusional and need to be deprogramed.
2. No effect on the election. 9/11 was so profound it allowed GWB to steal the 2004 election, so there would indeed be an effect.
3. The attack helps McCain. Of course it would – voters would see him as a figure or security and safety.
Black was stupid to say this out loud, as we can't speak truth anymore where it concerns certain candidates, but what he said is true, like it or not. By the way, I can't stand Black; he worked for Jesse helms!
Yes he should. For the simple reason that someone who voted Bush to a second term will hear that, believe it, and vote for Bush again. We have to protect the impressionable minds of these voters Jack. Goodness.
Nope, not at all. We, "The Nation Of Sheep," would feel far safer with a military person in the Oval Office. Can't wait to hear McCain give the order, "Launch 'em." Oh by the way, I'm looking for a house, built in the '50's with a functioning bomb shelter.
Desperation,makes people do and say things that the average person would'nt do.On the flipside of this if someone from Baracks campaign had dared to utter such nonesense,the MSM would be on it 24/7,and even25/8 if that were possible.
No – don't fire him. Let McCains keep all the goofballs on his team – not that he's going to win the election anyway!
Charlie Black has the same IQ as Geo Bush. Both of them combined l
would equal approximately 10. This is what the Republicans are all about, scare them poor dumb voters, tell them the big bad wolf is going to get them if they don't vote for McCain. Sounds like the same type of message that bible thumpers like Baker, Robertson, and other TV preachers tell their followers to seperate them from their money. What a damn shame.
Jack, if all the political advisers like Mr. Black were fired for saying something idiotic, Washington D.C. would be a ghost town.
Then, who would we have left run the country.
It won't really matter what he says as the GOP will come up with enough reasons for keeping the war going in Iraq and for invading Iran so what he said won't likely have to happen to get McCain elected. He just stated what every McCain supporter was already thinking and most people are acutely aware of this as well.
Just look at the rhetoric about leaving Iraq being a surrender and how many people buy into that garbage. The plain facts are the U.S. has nothing to win but a lot of the corporate elite are sure getting their bellies full!
Charlie Black why wish ill on the American people so your guy can win an election? Why so many Americans voted for the GOP in 2004 still amazes me! Will the GOP madness ever end?
Hopefully for the next 30 days Charlie Black’s statement will be run on You Tube in an endless cycle and then the media will play the clip to a point of ad-nauseum.
I think McCain should keep him in the forefront for the rest of his campaign. He should also keep making trips to Canada and promoting NAFTA, one of the worst policies ever conceived. Every stupid thing he does or says makes Obama's position even better. Keep it up John!
Jack, without getting the Mulberry bush involved, who is worse, Black or Axlerod.. Now I rest my case !!!!!!!
What difference does it make if he is fired or not? The whole bunch of them are fear mongers. Fear is the republican mantra, scare the american people senseless and they will vote for the military man. Well I don't think the fear factor is going to work this time. I think the american people are far more informed and in touch with the world around them and their choices today than they were 40 years ago. Fear is a negative and hope is a positive, McCain is a negative and Obama is a positive. Does anyone care to guess which way the people will vote? Not this time. Let McCain and his campaign go on and try to make us fear the boogyman, it won't work this time.
St. Augustine, Fl
If we insist on firing every advisor that says something controversial, there won't be anyone left. Would everyone just get off their high-horses please?
In any case Jack, I thought the proof that we were being kept safe by the Bush/McCain security policies was the lack of an attack since 9/11?
Surely another domestic terrorist attack would simply demonstrate that these policies have not achieved one iota of extra security?
Why kill the golden goose? God forbid there should be one, but, if there is another attack, it falls squarely on the Bush Administration and McCain's Bush-policies. The fact we haven't had another attack has nothing to do with the current administration doing anything right. With our open borders and unsecured ports, it's only lack of desire that has prevented one. The Bush homeland security policy is non-existent and McCain hasn't come up with anything different.
Jack, If a Democrat advisor had made a bone head statement like that, McCain would be the first one to call for his removal from the campaign. Of course Black should be fired but it is hard for McCain to fire someone singing the song Bush wrote.
What's the difference between fear mongering and terrorism?
Charlie Black should never have been hired to begin with! And all the other lobbiests should go too, but this is the Republican party of lobbiests. And his remark should be ringing in every American's ear just as McCain's "song" Bomb, Bomb, bomb Iran!!!! This is how rich people think and how little they really care about us "ordinary" Americans.
Isn't this sort of thing the basis of a promotion these days?
Linda in Woodbury, NJ
Absolutely! This guy doesn't care what means he uses to justify his ends. People jump all over Obama about not wearing an American flag pin and this nut thinks another terrorist attack will be good for McCain. I believe that this unveils something about McCain's character too, because people are judged by the people they surround themselves with.
Actually, it would hurt John McCain's chances of winning because he and President Bush have maintained that we, or America that is are alot safer because of U S presence in the middle east. Also, and I quote the President, he said we're fighting the terrorist over there so we wouldn't have to fight them here.
So, a terrorist attack now would solidify the Dems win in November.
Yes, Jack. Anyone who hopes for the needless killing of United States citizens should not be advising those who hope to be the future leader of our country.
Is it the truth?
Everybody in the world, including you and I say things, without thinking, that we wish we could take back. The problem here is that people in the position of Charlie Black should know better. People high up in winning Presidential campaigns usually end up with important jobs in the new administration (can you say Carl Rove). John McCain needs to show now that people who can't think through what they say will not end up in a position where their poor thinking and speaking ability can become American policy.
I would fire him for stupidity. It would be Bush/McCain who would take the blame for another terrorist attack on our soil before November. Also, doesn't he realize saying something like that automatically implicates him and by association McCain if such an attack were to happen?
No, he shouldn't be fired. If everyone was fired for speaking their minds, would any of us have a job?
Jack Cafferty for V.P. would make me become an American
Mr. Black is in the same company of Karl Rove and the usual GOP gang. They feed us Americans a diet of fear and hope we will vote for their brand of 'protectionism', all the while waving a flag ( or flag pin) telling us that unless we agree we are unpatriotic.
Hopefully this year Americans are waking up to the fact that we all have been duped.
I hope Mr. Black stays on so many more people can hear what these neoconGOP people really think . Remember, they planned to invade Iraq in spite of evidence of no nukes, and used the 'mushroom cloud' image to scare people into voting .
Sometimes the truth doesn't sound so good Jack. As an independent who is torn between McCain and Obama, I would prefer McCain over Obama to handle another terrorist attack. A Democrat, like happy go lucky Obama, would give a slap on the wrist, but a hard-headed military man like McCain would be quick and eager to protect America.
Well Jack, by this logic, McCain's candidacy is serving as a deterent to terrrorist attack, assuming they would not want him to win. Were he to win and intend to occupy the Middle East for 100 years, then that would be an invitation / justification for terrorists to attack. If the terrorists are listening to Charlie, he should not be fired, it would weaken his premise. The best outcome here, so far as US security is for McCain to be a losing candidate.
What Charlie Black said is nothing compared to the other lobbyists in the McCain camp have don e and plan to do to this country. If McCain wants to win the presidency, then he should consider not only firing Charlie Black, but also Phil Gramm (who has passed more legilation to benefit the mortgage industry, Enron and UBS than any other politician, and lt's not forget Gramm/Rugman that gives the govern- ment opportunity to "dip into" the Social Security that I may not have), plus the other 300 plus lobbyists that he has running his campaign. Then he would also have to drop the Bush policies, and go back to the ethics of John McCain of 2000, then he might have a chance in getting the nod. But in the next four years; there is no room on Air Force One for his type of baggage......not to mention no more room in our country for that kind of politics anymore, we can't afford it.
I don't see why he should be fired. Nearly everyone I know is expecting some sort of terrorist attack before November. Fear- it's the only chance the Republicans have. Most people are too involved in this election to not check facts, or at least listen to other viewpoints instead of taking anything the GOP or their 527s state as fact. The only way the GOP will get their soccer moms back is a terrorist attack.
Palm Coast FL
Why bother? Mr.Black is only towing the usual republican politics of fear line. Is it any wonder so many of us believe with every fiber of our being that members of the Bush regime knew and approved the 9/11 attacks
Is this part of the Republican strategy and if so, what are they planning for an October surprise?!?!
Immediately and publicly. No ifs, ands or buts.
If Charlie Black finished His statement with, thanks to bush we probably will be attacked again, I would say not to fire Him because He's just being honest.
Dave from NH.
no,mccain should be fired,and black should run for gop.black seems more in step with republican tactics of fear-mongering,war-mongering,and NOT defending the nations security.
If each of these advisors or their bosses were to be fired for Foot in Mouth syndrome, there would be a group of other people with the same disease lined up to take the job when it opened. To fire him would not change the fact that this is the way of politics in the US today. How sad is that?
Gee if you fire all the idiots who would be left?
Why fire him. This shows the true character of Mcbush and those he surrounded himself with.
Obviously the morality of lobbying activities has carried over to the campaign.
Yes, but where will he get his money if he keeps firing his lobbyist friends. After all, they want the legislation they are paying for if he gets elected, so even firing Black isn't going to stop the McCain "Bush-whacking" that is planned for the American people.
He is an idiot just like John McCain and should be fired for his stupid comments. This is another illustration of why McCain is bad for america
Yes, Mr. Black should be fired. Apparently, McCain and Black have been speaking in private..and WHOO Mr. Black overloaded his mouth. We can not afford this type of politics. We have had many years of out-spoken people in campaign's. It is time for truthfulness and stop all this. However, this is so typical of McCain. I watched him on CNN trying to explain Mr. Black statement..McCain was unable to handled his views very well...
Yes, because what Black said is disgusting, insensitive, politically incorrect, divisive and TRUE!
yes and so should mccain,should be thrown out of the senate. McCain knew this was coming, when it doesnt work he jumps to the other Side of the fence.
Isn't there a provision in the Patriot Act that can be used to lock this criminal up? Sounds like we should ask....is Black with us or the terrorists??
Black does have the right to free speech and we all know that an Obama presidency will most likely invite more attacks. So, while Black is speaking the truth, there are many other issues he could present to show that McCain is so much better than Obama. McCain has shown time and time again that he is ready to work on a bipartisan basis to put America before any Washington politicians. Obama has a strong record only leaning far left. I think our country needs someone who cares for the views of democrat and republican alike.
YES YES YES!!!! If someone on Senator Obamas staff had said something like that they would be asking for not only the staffers head but Obamas also. This is clearly another one of their fear tactics taken right out of Bushes playbook.
Jack, this latest statement is the least of the reasons why Black should not be associated with any campaign for major office in the US. Should he be fired? Yes. Will he? This is the better and more revealing question which will speak to John McCain's dignity and honesty as a political leader. I hope he chooses to side with America's interests and not those of PACs and corporations/banks.
Seeing as McCain parroted Phil Graham's economic polices, I'm worried.
If MacCain wishes to win the election he needs a clean staff to offset the political attacks by the Obama camp.
Why fire Black, he'd be an integral part to the Enron administration, oops McCain administration.
Everyone knows that McCain's only hope in November is predicated on the fear of another terrorist attack. He has nothing else to offer this country. Mr. Black is just stupid enought to say the things others won't!!!
No Jack he shouldn't because he's a top advisor for McCain, and although this comment was stupid, Charlie is very valuable to McCain.
This is a no brainer. Fire the jerk. This shows that McBush is only continuing the fear mongering. I refuse to live in fear.
Jack, this guy is an idiot! As one of many people in NYC that was running out of the city, desparately trying to find out if friends and family members were okay and trying to reach my kids so that we can get out of dodge, I'm incensed! He should be gagged and fired!
Yes. It was stupid to make such a comment. True but stupid to say it out loud. Does this idiot think that we live in a country with free speech? As Ron White says "you can't fix stupid," so he has to go.
Not just fired. Send him to Gantanamo as an enemy combatant.
I am a very liberal man and solid supporter of Barack Obama, but I believe it would ridiculous to fire Mr. Black. Was he not telling the truth? The Republican Party has always gained votes by instilling fear in their constituents. Thing have no changed. They'll never quit using war and foreign policy to scare Americans into voting for their protection and Mr. Black was just stating a fact.
I was going to say yes and have You Jack replace him, but
it's true what he said.
So the correct answer is no.
Well he has one thing going for him, at least He ain't a canadian.
Another shot at obama by the republicans. Terror attack on oil you got to be kindding me. Seems to me the only ones fussing about oil is the Republicans.
There is definitely something wrong with a society that believes that speaking the truth is reason to be fired - but then we already knew that there is lots wrong with this society. The real problem is with the McCain types that build on peoples fears.
Jim, Craig, CO
If John McCain does not immediately and very publicly fire Charlie Black, then he is stupider than Black is. In any event, McCain is on his way to a really good 'wuppin' in the general election.
Charlie Black should have been fired a long time ago by McCain when he was trying to rid his campaign of lobbyists, but since McCain lacks conscience in this area he was kept on. McCain should fire him, the campaign will probably try to sweep him under the carpet and try to denounce him, however you in the media should not let McCain get away with this. Hold him to his statements, and his flipflops in this area of lobbyists and former lobbyists in his campaign.
As a McCain supporter I am disgusted with this mans comments. I believe he should be fired and thrown out of the Republican Party. The GOP does not need morons like Black. He just did more to hurt McCain than to help him, why doesn't he do McCain a favor and resign and tell the public he was not speaking on behalf of the Senator.
Terrorism and terrorist attacks should never be used for political gain and to suggest one would help someone is a shame. My guess is this comment will come back to haunt McCain more than the Wright comments will come back to haunt Obama. People already hate the GOP why give them one more reason not to vote for us. Just stupid!
do we want a commander in chief who wishes evil on his own people? if mccain does not fire Evil Black, then he wants to be president by this terrible circumstances.
No, Mccain should keep him on just shooting away at Mccain's other foot
No, Charlie Black should not be fired, he should continue doing what the Republican war hawks do best – scare mongering. Maybe people will catch on. I fully expect a "terrorist threat" about 2 weeks before the election.
Talking about patriotism, John McCain should show it right now. An american who wishes the death of americans for political purposes? Just the idea that such an attack can happen anywhere in America and I can be a victim of it makes me want to trought up. Such politician should be banned from politics in America. Oh I forgot about the freedom of speech...
Should he have said it?
Is he wrong?
No, In times of attacks on home soil people become increasingly conservative and will vote Republican. An attack on American soil will certainly be a blow to the Obama campaign and this is generally true about any time of uncertainty. Its just generally accepted that this is fact. People will become more reserved and will vote with military spending and tax cuts. When people feel safe, then they will vote Democratic and for social spending. I REALLY do not think that people should be surprised at this type of comment at all.
Black should be fired. This type of comment is inflammatory and irresponsible. I might add that as a man of color Barack Obama has more legitimacy around the world, and as such he will be the more effective candidate on foreign policy. I think that the chances of another terrorist attack taking place with Obama at the helm are slim because he believes in thoughtful negotiation as opposed to the arrogant preconditions policy of the current administration.
Charlie Black spoke what many stupid people think. That he was given the "airwaves" makes his statement a termination event. At lleast McCain is denouncing Black's words. It sure does give ammunition for the Democrats too. Go Obama!
No. Charlie Black told the truth – something the idiot liberals can't take.
McCain is the strong anti-terrorist leader. Obama is the appeaser.
Appeasement will lead to our destruction, which will be from an economic depression caused by terrorism when they get WMD.
You only talk to your enemy out of desperation when your enemies might defeat you. Attempts to reconcile with terrorists are misguided and will hurt us while giving the terrorists an advantage.
Obama is the appeaser who will talk, much like Clinton did with N. Korea years ago to stop them from getting nukes. Result: they got nukes.
"Simply breathtaking in its stupidity..." I suppose you must think serious minds never allow such thoughts in their heads.
Is it so stupid a thought because another tragic reminder of the war we are in would help Democrats?
Words matter, but events matter more. It may not be polite, but it is a serious consideration and certainly worth the discomfort of discussing openly.
Jack, I've been saying for months now that the biggest help McCain could get would be another attack. It was proven by Bush in 04 that when people are afraid they vote that fear. Obama's message of hope is only possible now that we've calmed down (after 9/11). It seems that McCain knows this but its the last thing that he would want to admit, especially considering how forcefully he "disagreed", when it must be obvious to him that he would come out on top in such a circumstance, just the way bush did. Charlie Black just had a moment of clarity, but, in politics that can very easily get you fired. Good Luck Charlie.
NO, please keep him, the Democrats need all the help they can get..
Los Angeles, CA
OF COURSE NOT; There would not be anyone left in the RNC if everyone was fired that mentioned that, we remember the 2004 race when Cheney said if a Dem was elected president we would be attacked! By the way Jack, find out I noticed 2 bandages on John McCain's head at his news conference this afternoon, he looked beat too. Whats going on?
Hell Yeah he should be fired after all the "Hype" about Obama's Pastor and his comments, and Obama having to leave his church and denounce his pastor b/c off those comments. Black is a top McCain adviser and is in his "inner circle" if he's not fired McCain is essentially co-signing these views.
No, in fact I want him right where he is, so the contrast can be played up. I can see the ad now: McCain Adviser represented all these dictators and thugs and now he's telling you to be afraid. Obama is offering you hope. Haven't we had enough? Vote i November for change we can count on.
Would another terrorist attack be good for McCain?
Was 9/11 good for Bush?
Jack, you said it was stupid for Black to say so, and I assume by 'stupid', you mean 'honest'. Yes, of course it's stupid to be honest when telling the truth is against your interests.
No, I don't think Black should be fired for being honest. We need more people like him.
What we really need, though, is more of the kind of people who will be called smart when they are being honest.
Yes,. Firing Charlie Black is good symbolism for McCain. It really makes no difference, however. McCain's association with Black is much too close and of too long duration. Black's nasty background is a confirmation of McCain's amoral attitude.
I really don't see why, he is only following his Commander and Chiefs lead.
Terror, terror, terror is the Republican mantra. Charlie Black just had a rare moment of honesty. He should stay with McBush – that's obviously where he belongs.
Jack, it is pretty sad for a presidential candidate's chances of winning the presidency to be predicated on a terror attack on American soil. Translated – scare Americans and they will vote for you. We have lived in the dark side of fear and division for 8 years – we need some light!
Oh what the hell, he is just another DC nut case. There are more where he came from.
Jack, that just shows us the kind of people McCain is surrounding himself with in this election, AND who he will surround himself with if he should become President. Kinda reminds me of Nixon and his Watergate plumbers.
I think, whether McCain fires him or not, it does not matter. Because people are going to see the kinds of people McCain needs to back him up.
If John McCain were to win the election this fall he and the Republicans would find some way to attack Iran within six months! So yes his advisor is tell the truth!
I thought that a Terriost Attack would at this time of the political process in the United States would only help the current President Bush. Wouldn't he be able to stay in office if the country was under attack?
These words sound eerily similar to the rallying cry from the Neocons think tank the Project For a New American Century.
Historically,pre-9/11 and post 9/11,the Neocons have a reputation for not mincing words.
I don't think Charlie Black's words were a slip up but rather the deep dark twisted truths they so wickedly believe in.
Who will win in November,GOOD OR EVIL?
No. I'm an Obama supporter and no fan of Charlie Black, but he was just stating the obvious. What's the big deal? It's just an exercise in political correctness. I'd like to see him fired, but not for this.
Bush's surrogates said similar things in 2003 and it didn't keep him from getting re-elected. Six of seven American's can't find Iraq on a map. If that figure should drop to three of seven before November the voters might be wiseing up. Unless that happens, Charlie's scare mongering will work as it always has for Republicans and Obama will need every thing he can muster to counter it.
He should step down to spend more time with his family. However, I think he said what many republicans are "Praying" for. Ask yourself, "Would the bush administration ignore an imminent threat, if it would ensure that the republicans keep the whitehouse?"
It's time for we people to look into Chalie Black's sources and forecasting capabilities. No more free pass for McCain and Black. very sad that you want many people to die so that McCain can win. This is very sad, when american are praying for peace and McCain and his people are praying for more war.
Of course Charlie Black should be fired. He cares more about how to elect McCain tot he WH than he does about the safety of this country. Fire him, hang from the gallows, whatever. There are enough loose wagging tongues populating Washington we don't need anymore. Beside what does that tell you about he people McCain would surround himself if he makes the WH?
Shoot, no! He shouldn't be fired. We need to see Bush and Black and McCain arm in arm doing a terrorist attack rain dance.
Sadly, we probably have a better chance of seeing something even better for McCain: an attack on Iran by Israel followed by "protective preemptive" strikes on Iran by the US to shield our good Israeli friends.
San Clemente, Cal.
Let Black stay on the McCain campaign. Americans need to see who McCain surrounds himself with and who advises him. Firing Black will only work to conceal the truth about John McCain. We cannot afford another President with such low ethics!
Jack,...you're right, he should resign... to become Senator McCain's Vice Presidential running mate. Bill Knapp, New Haven, Ct.
Fired? Just for openly inviting some nutcase fringe group to do something stupid in order to influence our presidential election? Don't be ridiculous.
My mother just summed it up perfectly:
"John McCain is going to make decisions for this country?" "And he can't even look at Charlie Black and see that he's a moron?"
I understand that Mr. Black, Senator McCain's top advisor, is or was, a lobbyist for a tobacco company. If true, his actions mean that he was actively promoting an addictive substance for monetary gain. In other words, he was no better than any other drug pusher. I hope that their parents, with our help, will be able to keep our four granddaughters from the clutches of people like Mr. Black. If my understanding is correct, Mr. Black is unfit to participate in a presidential campaign.
Yes. He should have been long gone but McCain needed him for this kind of propaganda. He got what he wanted. Let's see what happens from here on; whether McCain is going to let him go or not.
No, he should be promoted. Such honesty among Republicans is to be cherished even though the message is depressing.
Firing Charlie Black is not going to change what the McCain campaign stands for, fear. Charlie Black just chose to come out and say it in plain simple words, now let's hear it from McCain.
No. Each candidate is entitled to retain whatever idiots they choose to keep. I am sure everything will be taken into consideration at the time we all vote.
I really don't care, its my birthday.
Glaser, Helena Monatana
Yes, along with Dick Cheney.
McCain's, states he's ready to be Commander-and-Chief, this is day one, on this decision, and counting.
NO! Let him keep it up. In fact, we should chip in and by him a megaphone. The world needs to know about what Scott McLellan called the "permanent campaign" that Republicans have used to pervert our government into a propaganda machine for MANUFACTURING DISTRACTIONS to the point where POLITICS has finally become the determining factor in creating our FOREIGN POLICY. Please, don't fire him, hand him the microphone. QUICK.
How can you fire a person for telling the truth? That's why we wont see any attacks on U.S. soil although Iran is causing the deaths of our troops in Iraq and we don't make them pay so who cares who's in office the republicans or the democrats they will not make Iran pay for their murderous crimes they have committed. We need a tough congress and president that will stand up against the support from Iran to these terrorist or we will loose the war on terror.
...and what Charlie Black said is worse then what Senator Obama's spiritual adviser Jeremiah Wright said how?
It sure took Senator Obama a long time to get rid of him.....and he was hate-mongering!
Chief McCain strategist Charlie Black comment, about the assassination of former Pakistani Prime minister Bhutto last year, shows the mean spirit of the McCain campaign. Black has already come under fire for his work on behalf of an international assortment of goons, thugs, autocrats, and dictators. Will this association be over played, like Obama's associations.
absolutely NOT!!!! people should know what kind administration they are going to get,should they elect john mcCain. i say, let the guy keep talking!!! and i hope you at cnn. cover him extensively.
John McCain whole run is about war, we should expect this, and yes he should be fired for spilling the beans, now they will have to push back thier plans for the attack in the fall!
Mr. Black's icy ability to view another terrorist attack on US soil in terms of a political advantage for McCain is disconcerting to say the least. Exactly how far will this guy go to ensure that McCain wins the presidency, and what unscrupulous means would he exercise along the way? Yes, Mr. Black should be fired, and then be ordered to have his head examined.
Do you deny that it's true? 9/11 was a horribly tragic event but it has worked out incredibly well for George W. Bush. Another attack would play right into the hands of our own terrorists, the ones who use fear to retain power.
Yes jack he should but you and I know he will not everyone knows that these are fear tactics and you know what he may be right the american people voted fear in 2004 and they would like nothing more than to keep it going. someone needs to tell Mr Black we are not as bumb as we look and just becuse we hear stupid things does not mean we are stupid!!!
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