McCain: al Qaeda may tip election against me.

Today, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said he fears that al Qaeda may attempt to increase attacks in Iraq in September or October in order to try to tilt the U.S. election against him:

“Yes, I worry about it,” McCain said. “And I know they pay attention because of the intercepts we have of their communications … The hardest thing in warfare is to counter someone or a group of individuals who are willing to take their own lives in order to take others.”

McCain’s fearmongering is a common right-wing tactic. Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), Dick Cheney, John Bolton, and the White House all suggested al Qaeda was rooting for Democrats in 2006 and 2008.