Monday, June 30, 2008

Hop Aboard The "Double-Talk" Express!

John "Double-Talk" McBush III's senior advisor Charlie Black told Fortune Magazine that a terrorist attack inside the U.S. would be a "big advantage" to "Double-Talk's" campaign.

That was sweet.

AlterNet points out 10 other things about McBush III's mercenary flunkie:  

1. He's a Tarheel: Charles R. Black Jr. was born on Oct. 11, 1947, in the North Carolina seaport city of Wilmington.

2. A Goldwater Boy: He told the New York Times that he fell in love in politics when he worked on the presidential campaign of Republican Barry Goldwater as a high school student in 1964. Goldwater lost to Pres. Lyndon Johnson in a rout.

3. A Jesse Helms Man: In 1972, at age 25, Black served as political director for the first senatorial campaign of Jesse Helms, the North Carolina crypto-racist and uber-homophobe. In 1996, he told the New York Times, at the beginning of the race "everybody knew he was too conservative, he'd never run for office, and couldn't win. But it was a good conservative cause, so I went down and worked on his campaign for the last six months. And lo and behold, we did win."

4. Smear Group Founder: In 1975, with Terry Dolan and Roger Stone, Charlie Black was a founder of the National National Conservative Political Action Committee (NCPAC), which used deceptively written direct mail solicitations to bankroll television ads smearing Democrats in congressional campaigns in the Reagan era.

5. Fired By Reagan: In 1980, Charlie Black worked as field director for Ronald Reagan's second presidential campaign. After advising Reagan to ignore the Iowa caucuses -- advice that almost cost Reagan the nomination -- he was among the senior staff Reagan fired after he lost the New Hampshire primary.

6. Formed Mega-Lobbying Group: Soon after being fired by Reagan, Black and Stone, with Paul Manafort, formed Black, Manafort and Stone, a political consulting firm. The firm's lobbying clients have included Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. Ltd. and the investment firm of Salomon Brothers, as well as foreign politicians, including Mohamed Siad Barre of Somalia, Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines, Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire, and Jonas Savimbi of Angola.

7. Lee Atwater: In 1985, Lee Atwater, the man who taught Karl Rove and George Bush Jr. everything they know about political hatchet work and the dark art of manipulating the masses, joined Black's lobbying firm within months after serving as deputy campaign manager in the 1984 Reagan-Bush campaign. Black and Atwater went way back. In 1973, Atwater managed the campaign of Karl Rove to become president of the College Republicans, defeating his opponent, Terry Dolan, whose campaign had been managed by Charlie Black, Roger Stone and Paul Manafort.

8. Ailes on Black: About Black, Roger Ailes, then (as now) a Republican media consultant (only now he masks his party operative role behind the legit-sounding title of president of Fox News), said "Charlie's the kind of guy who if he came home and found somebody making out with his wife on a rainy day, he'd break the guy's umbrella and ask him to leave, then have him killed a year later. [Lee Atwater] would blow the house up." (New York Times, July 21, 1990)

9. Homophobic Remarks: In March 1993, when the gays in the military issue was in the headlines, Charlie Black and Iran-Contra scandal figure Oliver North made headlines when they chimed in with homophobic remarks at a banquet in Northern Virginia for retired Republican Rep. Rep. Stan Parris. According to the New York Times (March 19, 1993), before Black and North spoke, Virginia state Senator Warren E. Barry began his keynote comments by referring to "'the Clinton fags-in-the-foxhole' policy and then joked about how Mr. Parris, when he was in Congress, seemed to be constantly at odds with the officials of the District of Columbia, who are mostly black. He recalled that Mr. Parris had once called a bridge leading from Washington to Virginia 'the longest bridge in the world because it connects Virginia to Africa.' He went on, with a laugh, to say Mr. Parris sought to rename the bridge 'Soul Brothers Causeway.'"

When it was Black's turn, he joked that Clinton was going to change the words of the Marine Corps hymn to "Don we now our gay apparel." (ROTFL.) When it was time for Ollie North's comedic turn, the Times reported that he "included a line about how he had repeatedly tried to place a telephone call to Mr. Clinton but could not get through until he lisped to the operator, 'Excuse me!'"

10. Friends Like These: In a New York Times profile of Black in February 1996, one anonymous "friend" said of Charlie, "He's very folksy, but he's tough. Charlie will pat you on the back one moment, stab you in the back the next."

John Buckley, an admirer, said, "Charlie would never stab you in the back. You would be gutted from the front. You just wouldn't know it until you're dead."

A recycled hatchet man is McBush III's main man.

"Double-Talk's" campaign slogan is "A Leader You Can Believe In".

You can, I suppose. But you probably shouldn't. 


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