Bush Hand: Maliki Nod 'Incredibly Damaging' to Mac

Iraqi PM's virtual endorsement of Obama plan may be 'game-changing event'
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 25, 2008 3:47 PM CDT
Obama, left, shakes hands with the Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in Baghdad, Iraq.   (AP Photo/Iraqi Government, HO)
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(Newser) – President Bush’s former communications director is decidedly off GOP message in a new interview, Politico reports, with Dan Bartlett, now in the private sector, saying, “Time will tell, but the al-Maliki comments about a timetable is very close to a game-changing event. That was incredibly damaging [to McCain], because it neutralized one of [Obama’s] biggest liabilities."