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John McCain’s character shows through by not forcing Charlie Black to resign

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Originally published on on Thu, 06/26/2008 – 11:36am

We are told that one characteristic to look for in determining the viability of a presidential campaign is how the candidate reacts when one of the people says something inappropriate.

When Samantha Power made her “monster” remark, she expressed remorse within the sentence she was speaking. Power offered to resign, and the Obama campaign wanted her to resign as well.

“She is a monster, too — that is off the record — she is stooping to anything,” Ms Power said, hastily trying to withdraw her remark.

Yet when Charlie Black speaks of how another major terrorist attack will help McCain, Black gets to keep his job.

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.

Now Richard Clarke was on Countdown with Keith Olbermann calling for the resignation of Black from the McCain campaign. “Charlie Black ought to be gone tomorrow morning.”

It says a lot about the McCain campaign that he hasn’t called upon Black to resign, and it says quite a bit about Black in that he didn’t voluntarily offer to resign.

The “monster” comment obviously wasn’t very nice, but doesn’t even come close to the horrible things Black has said about the Bhutto assassination and any potential terrorism threats.


Written by democracysoup

June 26, 2008 at 11:36 am

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