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Friday, May 16, 2008

Black in the Back

Sad to say, Charlie Black is no longer lobbying from the back of the Straight Talk Express.

"Last week, BKSH & Associates chairman Charlie Black announced that he was quitting his lobbying firm to join Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) presidential campaign full-time, effective March 31. "

Pity. I was about to propose that The Daily Show supplement the "back in Black" feature with a "Black in the back" feature on straight talking lobbying.

Black does seem to be a very promising source of campaign hiliarity. In the same think progress post, Black is quoted as saying (to Lou Dobbs) "If you look at the senior staff, the top 12, 15, 20 people of the McCain campaign, there’s no one other than me who was a lobbyist — a currently active lobbyist. " He was trying to say something technically true but misleading, based on the distinction between "is" and "was". He slipped and used the word "was", making a false claim, which he had to correct, giving away his game. Or maybe not a false claim. I guess it depends on what the definition of "was" was.

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