Well, this was a tasteless remark, albeit an accurate one. If the election is about who will protect us against terrorists, John McCain will in fact benefit. (As Jake Tapper remarked, “Regardless of McCain distancing himself from Black’s sentiment, Democratic consultants have said similar things to me.”) But no candidate ever wants to benefit from Americans’ misfortunes. (Except if you are Barack Obama and can convince Americans that things are much worse than they are.) So it was wise of McCain to slap down his campaign chief’s comment and get him to apologize as well.