Matt Towery

You can't fault the Obama camp or those who support him for their efforts to turn a molehill into a mountain and force Black out. It's smart politics. But you can question some journalists who have pounded the issue past what should have been a 24-hour news cycle event only.

And here is the true irony. Has anyone challenged the concept that an attack, heaven forbid it should occur, would actually help a McCain effort? For my money, Charlie Black is about as smart and savvy as they come in an otherwise rather talentless GOP world of political hacks. But it may well be that a tragic act of violence against America might have the opposite effect than what he believes.

First, no one knows how President Bush and Vice President Cheney might react if we were attacked. This poor president, who I now feel is being abused beyond any justifiable level, can hardly take any measure without dropping in the polls. And any perceived mistake on his part would be guilt by association for McCain.

Second, should an attack happen early enough in the election cycle, there would be plenty of time for experts and politicians to find a way to blame the GOP for the event having taken place.

Black was merely repeating the conventional wisdom that Democrats have already acknowledged. If he is at fault, it's in his belief that this notion of terrorists "helping" Republicans is unquestionably true, not that he commented on the possibility.

There have been gaffes from the Obama team, and I would never have believed that there would be cause for anyone to step down. And John McCain is showing a great character trait -- loyalty -- in standing by Charlie Black.

Smart and loyal aren't two things we often find in combination in today's Republican party.

Matt Towery

Matt Towery is a pollster, attorney, businessman and former elected official. He served as campaign strategist for Congressional, Senate, and gubernatorial campaigns. His latest book is Newsvesting: Use News and Opinion to Grow Your Personal Wealth. Follow him on Twitter @MattTowery