A Page Out Of George Bush's Book

In the past whenever George Bush would want an increase in power to supposedly “keep us safe” or if a mid-term election was in doubt, he would bring out the terrorism card. Either an attack was imminent or if “so and so” were elected we’d be in trouble. John McCain’s camp must have been paying attention and is now admitting that the such an attack would be beneficial, for McCain that is

On national security McCain wins. 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. (emphasis mine)

As you would expect, McCain has since distanced himself from his Charlie Black’s comments but it shows what we have to look forward to for the next few month’s. The terrorism card is about all McCain has to play and he and his advisor’s will surely put it to use as often as Rudy Giuliani played the 9/11 card if not more often. Though I would suspect the next time they will use a slightly different tact…

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