Taking a cue from Karl Rove’s playbook, John McCain’s senior adviser, Charlie Black, claimed that a terrorist attack on American soil could help the Republican presidential candidate considerably in an interview with Fortune magazine. Black has since apologized for the fear bating comment. The timing couldn’t be better, with that publication readying its double covers that features duel interviews with an energetic Obama looking right at the camera and a tired McCain with green stress wristlet looking away. When the candidates were asked, what is the “gravest long-term threat to the U.S. economy?” McCain, following Black’s lead, touts the threat of terrorism:
“Well, I would think that the absolute gravest threat is the struggle that weâ€™re in against Islamic extremism, which can affect, if they prevail, our very existence. Another successful attack on the United States of America could have devastating consequences.”
Yeah, like getting McCain elected!