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September 18, 2008
By: Hilzoy

McCain Chose Vanity

One more comment on McCain's confusion about the Prime Minister of Spain: as I noted earlier, I think McCain simply did not know who the interviewer was talking about. This is striking, since she identified him repeatedly: "let's talk about Spain", "President Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero", "the President of Spain", etc., etc.

However, that's not the explanation the McCain campaign is going with. The Washington Post reports:

"McCain foreign policy adviser Randy Sheunemann said McCain's answer was intentional.

"The questioner asked several times about Senator McCain's willingness to meet Zapatero (and id'd him in the question so there is no doubt Senator McCain knew exactly to whom the question referred). Senator McCain refused to commit to a White House meeting with President Zapatero in this interview," he said in an e-mail."

I think this is plainly false. If McCain knew exactly who the interviewer was talking about, it's a total mystery why he said: "I have a clear record of working with leaders in the hemisphere that are friends with us, and standing up to those who are not, and that's judged on the basis of the importance of our relationship with Latin America and the entire region." The only way to make sense of that remark is to suppose that McCain thought that the interviewer was asking about someone in Latin America -- not, I assume, because he doesn't know where Spain is, but because he was just confused as to who she was talking about.

Suppose that's right. If so, then Scheunemann's spin is designed to cover up for McCain's confusion. If so, that tells us something very important. Namely:

McCain and his campaign are willing to insult a foreign leader and damage an alliance, rather than admit to a moment of confusion.

Think about it. There are a lot of things that the campaign could have said about this incident, many of which are more plausible than what Scheunemann actually said. For instance, they could have said that McCain simply misheard the interviewer, and that of course he would be more than happy to meet with the Prime Minister of Spain. This might well be true; it would certainly be a lot more plausible than saying that his comments about leaders in the hemisphere were somehow responsive to a question about the Prime Minister of Spain. But it would have involved admitting a mistake, and possibly suggesting to some voters age-related concerns like hearing loss.

There are two basic responses to this predicament. First, admit the mistake anyways. Admitting mistakes is tough, but this one is pretty easy to minimize, and probably won't be that big a deal. In any case, the only thing that really suffers any kind of damage at all is McCain's vanity. Second, insist that McCain knew who the interviewer was talking about, and meant exactly what he said. In this case, you don't have to admit error; you just have to say that you really did mean to dis a foreign leader whom we are committed, by treaty, to defend, whose troops are presently fighting in Afghanistan, and whom we have absolutely no earthly reason not to have good relations with.

It's a choice between vanity and the interests of the country. McCain chose vanity. That's an important thing to know.

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this just hit msnbc.com's first read.

Posted by: FLDem on September 18, 2008 at 12:48 PM | PERMALINK

Well if Spain isn't in Central America, why do they all speak Spanish?

Posted by: John McCain on September 18, 2008 at 12:49 PM | PERMALINK

"McCain chose vanity."

or, he and his campaign feel the need to play defense on/cover up "confusion."

Posted by: FLDem on September 18, 2008 at 12:50 PM | PERMALINK

Well, yeah. But I think it's a little simpler. You have a candidate with no actual qualifications to be President. He will make gaffe after gaffe, day after day, because he has no idea what he's talking about. You can't say, "Well, McCain is a hopeless candidate, sorry." So your defenses end up looking as desperate and stupid as his original responses.

Posted by: bobbo on September 18, 2008 at 12:52 PM | PERMALINK

Spain hates us because of our freedom.

Posted by: reino on September 18, 2008 at 12:53 PM | PERMALINK

McCain doesn't have to be so sensitive about confusion issues, despite his actual susceptibility based on other statements: we all know how many big shots mix up Iraq and Iran when talking about those nations, and poor Obama with the "My Muslim faith" faux paux.

Posted by: Neil B on September 18, 2008 at 12:54 PM | PERMALINK

Or his campaign decided to reply on his behalf without even consulting the candidate. Their own ego wouldn't want to publicly admit that their boy was a befuddled old man so they try to spin it to make it look like he's at least in charge of his faculties even if his position makes no sense.

Posted by: Curmudgeon on September 18, 2008 at 12:54 PM | PERMALINK

FLDem: yes, he was being defensive and didn't want to admit a mistake. But it had a cost, and apparently, that cost was worth it to avoid admitting error. Thus, my title.

Posted by: hilzoy on September 18, 2008 at 12:56 PM | PERMALINK

It's so weird. He could have just said he didn't understand her accent.

Posted by: GOPer from PA on September 18, 2008 at 12:57 PM | PERMALINK

"...Senator McCain refused to commit to a White House meeting with President Zapatero...

I suspect they're going to make a distinction between a White House meeting and a meeting held elsewhere...because they think we're stupid.

Posted by: CJ on September 18, 2008 at 12:58 PM | PERMALINK

What if McCain's REALLY losing it, and only the people on the inside of the campaign actually know that? I don't think it's likely, but it's also another possible explanation.

I.e., they're leading everyone AWAY from the idea that McCain was confused, because the truth is the old guy is seriously, beyond-normal confused -- about everything.

(I still have a perverse streak that wants to see Palin become President. America -- or at least a big chunk of America -- deserves it.)

Posted by: The Phantom on September 18, 2008 at 1:00 PM | PERMALINK

Don't be silly -- no Republican EVER admits to making a mistake. Even if he looked like he didn't have a clue, as in this case.

Posted by: Molly Weasley on September 18, 2008 at 1:01 PM | PERMALINK

McCain and his campaign are willing to insult a foreign leader and damage an alliance, rather than admit to a moment of confusion.

Bingo! That is is exactly! Remember, Big Mac's slogan is "Country First". What it means in practice is "McCain must be president at all costs".

Not exactly surprising that he and his lobbyist crony friends who run his campaign would think that, but there's something rather scary about making it so plain to those of us in the cheap seats.

Posted by: Jeff S. on September 18, 2008 at 1:02 PM | PERMALINK

The only way for McCain to handle this mistake is to admit to the mistake, and appologize to Spain, but that would be what a grown-up would do. In fact that is exactly what the old John McCain wold have done before he sold his soul to the big spinners. God help America if these people keep power.

Posted by: gracious on September 18, 2008 at 1:02 PM | PERMALINK

They didn't even have to admit that McCain made a mistake. Could have just said the reporter had an impenetrable accent. Whether or not that was true - it would have killed the story.

Posted by: David Steven on September 18, 2008 at 1:02 PM | PERMALINK

We need to build a 16 foot tall electrified freedom fence on the border between Spain and Murika to keep out all the illigal spanish so they don't take all our jobs in the burrito factory.

Posted by: gorp on September 18, 2008 at 1:03 PM | PERMALINK

He's insane in the membrane... McCain has gone insane!

Posted by: citizen_pain on September 18, 2008 at 1:03 PM | PERMALINK

Remember the Maine!

Posted by: Stefan on September 18, 2008 at 1:08 PM | PERMALINK

How many millions of hard working Spanish fundamentals did McCain insult?

Posted by: Danp on September 18, 2008 at 1:08 PM | PERMALINK

Zapatero is a socialist who has been very critical of Bush and the war in Iraq. Maybe McCain really isn't ready to commit to a meeting with him, until he proves he is a "friend".

Posted by: cnmne on September 18, 2008 at 1:08 PM | PERMALINK

In all seriousness and not as a switfboating tactic at all, I worry that he is really losing it. I have had two grandparents go through dementia/alzheimer's and it was only after the diseases got very bad did we look back at episodes in the past that showed little flashes of what to come.

Behavior that seemed odd, but not absolutely crazy, in retrospect were clearly warning signs of dementia. John McCain's 'gaffes' remind me a lot of what I saw in my own family. As these incidents increased in frequency, my grandmothers' responses were often defensiveness and anger. Couple that with McCain's temper to begin with and this is clearly not a man who can be trusted to be President.

Obama can't touch this, even though it is something that voters should consider. It mostly makes me sad for him and his family.

Posted by: Buffalonian on September 18, 2008 at 1:09 PM | PERMALINK

Is it possible that this is literally an issue with McCain's hearing? Plenty of people are sensitive about that and wouldn't want to admit to it. Or does he already wear a hearing aid? "John McCain can't hear because he was beaten WHEN HE WAS A POW!" Jeez, I can do better bull than they can.

Posted by: DonBoy on September 18, 2008 at 1:10 PM | PERMALINK

McCain on Spain falls insanely down the drain.

Posted by: Boolaboola on September 18, 2008 at 1:10 PM | PERMALINK

How many millions of hard working Spanish fundamentals did McCain insult?

Winner! But it was close.

Posted by: Lucy on September 18, 2008 at 1:12 PM | PERMALINK

I have been theorizing for weeks now that John might suffer from a bit of vascular dementia.

Not having a solid grasp of who our NATO allies are is bad enough.

Thinking Spain is in Latin America is preposterous to even contemplate.

Limbag will say "she had a nasally spanish accent, give the guy a break!"

Huh? I can even hear her say "europe" and I have a severe hearing impairment!

Yes, this may be one of those stories that fades, but so is John's memory.

Vascular Dementia. I'm positive now.

Posted by: Tom Nicholson on September 18, 2008 at 1:14 PM | PERMALINK

"... in this interview"

So he presumably will make such a commitment in a later interview, and we won't have to worry about escalating tensions with Spain under a McCain administration. So why not say so in this interview? Because he's a maverick!

Actually, if McCain really is starting to lose it, don't be surprised to see increasingly insane statements and actions explained as maverickness (sort of like the Palin pick was). Never mind that "maverick", as inane as the moniker was, used to mean something substantive, ie that he stood up to his own party. At this point it's just a cover for his increasingly erratic behavior.

Posted by: ibid on September 18, 2008 at 1:14 PM | PERMALINK

Moderator: Senator McCain has won the coin toss and has chosen to start first. Senator, should Congress reimpose strong regulations on the financial sector?
McCain: Could you doorknob the flyswatter?
Moderator: I don't think I understand your response, Senator. Would you care to elaborate?
McCain: When I was a POW...
etc.
Republicans: "McCain slaughtered Obama!"
Press: "McCain made a surprisingly strong showing in the first Presidential Debate."

Posted by: Dennis - SGMM on September 18, 2008 at 1:22 PM | PERMALINK
Remember the Maine!

Ha!

Posted by: SeanH on September 18, 2008 at 1:22 PM | PERMALINK

After the conservative was voted out and replaced with a socialist, Spain withdrew its troops form Iraq. To McCain a withdrawal from Iraq by a democratically elected socialist means Spain is not a friend to the US and needs to be stood up to. Differences of strategy and ideology, for McCain and many of his followers, means hostility and conflict are warranted, not negotiation and cooperation.

Posted by: Brojo on September 18, 2008 at 1:23 PM | PERMALINK

Of course it's vanity. McCain has a hearing problem and is too vain to wear a hearing aid--that would be an admission of age. Note his intense look of concentration when being asked a question, the body language, head jutting forward. Possibly his physical restrictions keep him from cupping his hand behind his ear as we've all seen our elderly parents and grandparents do. This is why he stumbles in answers. A hearing aid would show up in closeup photos and would announce that yes, he is old.

Posted by: ringrid on September 18, 2008 at 1:23 PM | PERMALINK

the campaign spin isn't credible. the key word in McCain's rote answer was that he would reunite with our friends. Um, we have mutual membership and mutual treaty obligations with Spain. Even when we have a bit of a disagreement, we are still, in any meaningul sense "united." It is unimaginable that a major party candidate would use the terminology of "reuniting" with, say, Britain, or even France. Spain is no different, except they speak the same language as most central and South American countries. McCain simply blew the question because he heard a Hispanic name of a leader, he wasn't familiar with it, assumed it was a rouge socialist from South America and his programming played the answer that seemed closest to right based on the clues.

Posted by: zeitgeist on September 18, 2008 at 1:25 PM | PERMALINK

I think Scheunemann, A HARDCORE NEOCON, is serious about this. As a prior poster mentioned,

"Zapatero is a socialist who has been very critical of Bush and the war in Iraq. Maybe McCain really isn't ready to commit to a meeting with him, until he proves he is a 'friend'."

Voters have to realize that McCain's foreign policy team is as rife with neocons as his finance policy team is riddled with lobbyists.

Not only will nothing change with McCain, it will get a lot, lot worse. This election marks a HUGE crossroad for this country, and it will be very hard to turn back if he gets into office.

But everyone here knows that.

Posted by: bdop4 on September 18, 2008 at 1:26 PM | PERMALINK

New on the menu: Freedom Rice. And for the Congressmen in love: Freedom Fly

Posted by: wren on September 18, 2008 at 1:28 PM | PERMALINK

The really amazing thing is how they continue to cover up ineptitude and lies, with coverup lies that are even more ridiculous than the initial lies.

They could lie that McCain misheard. But no, they lie and said this is what he MEANT...which is FAR worse than failing to hear something.

They could lie and at least say that Palin had the courage to change her mind on the Bridge to Nowhere based on conviction. But no, they lie and say she was against it from the start.

They could lie and say that they are satisfied with Palin's foreign policy credentials. But no, they lie even more and claim that her proximity to Russia is a qualification.

They think the American public is stupid (given that they "elected" Bush, they are, of course), and they think that their media base is even stupider...

Funnily enough, there are more than a few people here in Washington who are pretty sure that McCain is having a major mental meltdown. He's come close a few times before, but the stress of the campaign, and losing, and not having any ideas, and trying to remember what he said five minutes ago, seems to be the straw that broke the camel's back.

I feel sorry for the guy, but it looks like we'll all get to pull up a chair and watch him self-destruct in real time.

Posted by: Kelly on September 18, 2008 at 1:29 PM | PERMALINK

the key word in McCain's rote answer was that he would reunite with our friends.

I forget the exact phrasing of the question, but since reunirse [con] in Spanish means "meet [with]", it's quite possible the interviewer may have asked the question (in English) in those terms.

Posted by: Equal Opportunity Cynic on September 18, 2008 at 1:33 PM | PERMALINK

Nailed it.

McCain is desperately afraid of being seen as old or "confused". He jumped down Obama's throat several months back when the latter suggested McCain has lost his bearings.

Call him a lying warmonger. That's fine. But don't ever call him old.

Posted by: Chris Andersen on September 18, 2008 at 1:36 PM | PERMALINK

Either McCain is a doddering, confused fool or he's showing an inane level of belligerence toward a NATO ally. Take your pick. Either way, that's not a change from the current Tool-in-chief.

Posted by: ckelly on September 18, 2008 at 1:39 PM | PERMALINK

I agree that, even if you believe this lame CYA explanation, it still looks bad for McCain--refuse a White House meeting with a NATO ally?
Any worries that Obama might have had about the Hispanic vote are now gone.

Maybe he was confused between the Latin American Spain, the European Spain, and the Spain that's situated somewhere near the Iraq-Pakistan border.

Posted by: Allan Snyder on September 18, 2008 at 1:40 PM | PERMALINK

And I don't think it even matters whether the English-speaking MSM covers this--I'll bet it's all over Telemundo and Univision, and that's where it's really going to hurt McCain.

Posted by: Allan Snyder on September 18, 2008 at 1:43 PM | PERMALINK

The scary thing about McCain's confusion during that interview wasn't so much that he was confused, but he lacked the acumen to pick up on the numerous attempts by his interviewer to orient him.

That's Just What I Said

Posted by: Dale on September 18, 2008 at 1:43 PM | PERMALINK

But Spain IS in THIS (Northern) Hemisphere.

Plus Zapatero = Zapata, all those mustachioed banditos are the same.

Palin is already president of a big chunk of America, so what's another few acres. (I'm actually beginning to think that SHE's the foreign policy whiz on the ticket.)

Though this does make the case for an Olympia Snowe shoulda-been: Maine is closest to Spain.

Posted by: Gideon Ross on September 18, 2008 at 1:45 PM | PERMALINK

There are two basic responses to this predicament. First, admit the mistake anyways.

You lost the Republicans there. In order to maintain their illusion as "winners" to their base, Republicans never, ever admit they were wrong.

Posted by: Gregory on September 18, 2008 at 1:45 PM | PERMALINK

It's a choice between vanity and the interests of the country. McCain chose vanity.

McCain thinks his vanity is in the country's best interest. That's the problem.

Posted by: jonp72 on September 18, 2008 at 1:49 PM | PERMALINK

Funny, Boobalooba.

Like others, I think he heard Zapatero and thought Zapatista. It's an easy enough mistake - I made it myself for a few seconds, not knowing who Zapatero was.

I don't know why politicians aren't more willing to say, "I can't do the issue justice, can't make a considered judgment about that right now - I'd have to consult my advisors, scholars, etc., before I came to a substantive, meaningful opinion on that policy."

They could work in a line about how their professional life or educational/life experience, until this point, has focused more on, say, economics, running a business, raising a family, whatever, but that they will.... blah, blah, in the future.

Seriously, just admit you don't know everything. Say you also don't know the Secretary of Urban Planning in Moldova, nor King Fahd's brother. That's what advisors, briefings, and The Google are for. We're not electing a Jeopardy champion.

>95% of Americans don't know who Zapatero or Zapatista are. And 80% of them are proud of that. (They are probably Mexicans and illegals and stuff. Sure, my cheap produce is picked by Mexicans, my cheap McMansion was built by Mexicans, and my cheap restaurant food was cooked by Mexicans, but I don't wanna who they are).

McCain should say that only elites know all the foreign leaders off the top of their head, which is pretty much true. Real Americans have Real concerns, raising families and fighting wars. And if Spain ever steps outta line, they should expect a world of hurt to rain down on them.

Posted by: flubber on September 18, 2008 at 1:54 PM | PERMALINK

For 5 1/2 years McCain didn't have the privilege of hearing about Spain, or hearing Spanish names, because he was a POW!!! So he doesn't have to answer anything like that. Come on, people!

Posted by: wilky on September 18, 2008 at 2:09 PM | PERMALINK

Sorry Lucy, but I have to go with boolaboola's post. I can only conclude that you posted before seeing the entry, which immediately precedes yours:

McCain on Spain falls insanely down the drain.

A clear thread-winner.

Posted by: on September 18, 2008 at 2:09 PM | PERMALINK

For 5 1/2 years McCain didn't have the privilege of hearing about Spain, or hearing Spanish names, because he was a POW!!! So he doesn't have to answer anything like that. Come on, people!

Posted by: wilky on September 18, 2008 at 2:09 PM | PERMALINK

Spain did step out of line when after a terrorist attack on their subway they voted out their Bush and elected their Obama. Then the Spanish Obama, Zapatero, withdrew Spanish troops from Iraq. McCain probably knew what and who he was talking about, a NATO ally who is not subservient to the US neocon ideology needs to be stood up to. Standing up to a NATO ally who is not in agreement about Iraq is even crazier, and scarier, than McCain thinking the question was about something else.

Posted by: Brojo on September 18, 2008 at 2:09 PM | PERMALINK

I believe a paragraph of the Unitary Executive Theory (tm) also states that the Executive is never wrong. Kinda like the Pope, but it extends to all areas.

Posted by: short fuse on September 18, 2008 at 2:22 PM | PERMALINK

The RNC did to John McCain in 18 months what the Viet Cong couldnt do in 5 years!

Posted by: muddythewaters on September 18, 2008 at 2:27 PM | PERMALINK

Zapatero is a socialist who has been very critical of Bush and the war in Iraq.

So? The latter two qualities, at least, mark him as someone with a functioning brain. I remind you that even McCain is on the "critical of Bush" bandwagon now, even if it is a phony pose.

Maybe McCain really isn't ready to commit to a meeting with him, until he proves he is a "friend".

Then McCain is a reckless idiot who should never be let near the levers of power.

For the morons out there, Spain is an ally of the United States. Refusing to meet with an ally's leader because he or she disagrees with your policy or belongs to a political party that isn't ideologically aligned with yours is simply not what a responsible President does. McCain's lunatic belligerance may cheer the jingoistic morons in the Republican Party, but it just goes to show how bankrupt the modern conservative movement has become and how desperately reckless McCain is willing to be in service of his own personal ambition.

Sufferin' catfish!

Posted by: Gregory on September 18, 2008 at 2:38 PM | PERMALINK

McCain, take a refresher course from the Hillary Clinton campaign (seeing as how you've already used all her talking points against Barack Obama). When you make incoherent/insane statements, simply say you "Mispoke". People will hate it but in a week it'll all go away and you can go back to implying your opponent a pedophile.
...America, why on earth is this race still close?

Posted by: Daren on September 18, 2008 at 2:42 PM | PERMALINK

"...Senator McCain refused to commit to a White House meeting with President Zapatero...

McCain, however, left open the possibility that they could meet at a Waffle House.

Posted by: Rosali on September 18, 2008 at 2:53 PM | PERMALINK

From his 2002 memoir,
Worth the Fighting For:

“I didn’t decide to run for president to start a national crusade for the political reforms I believed in or to run a campaign as if it were some grand act of patriotism. In truth, I wanted to be president because it had become my ambition to be president. . . . In truth, I’d had the ambition for a long time.”
John McCain

This is the truth.

Ambition trumps reform.

Ambition trumps patriotism.

Okay, so we know he's got ambition.

So why did he forget that in June of 2008 he was willing to meet with Zapatero? What changed?

Great week. Not only are the fundamentals of our economy strong, but Spain is in Latin America!

Viva The RNC and their knight in shining armour (oops I mean armor!).

Posted by: Tom Nicholson on September 18, 2008 at 3:00 PM | PERMALINK

I'm convinced that this isn't about covering up confusion, it's about covering up dementia. How else do you explain the repeated mixing up of the factions involved in Iraq and the thought that Pakistan bordered Iraq and the shifting answers to topics any presidential candidate should have a good grasp of. I'm seeing evidence of memory problems. Highly likely as he used to box, used to drink a lot and was tortured for years. All factors that can contribute to early dementia or memory loss.

I don't want to find out after the fact, as with Ronald Reagan, that a man in such an important position is hiding a medical problem that impacts his mental ability to do the job.

Posted by: asnevitt on September 18, 2008 at 3:01 PM | PERMALINK

Pity poor Mr Schunemann. His candidate must not be willing to admit that he was confused, or couldn't hear the question. He is still confused, but wants to defend himself. So Randy has to go out there and say that Grandpa really did want to drive down the sidewalk for a perfectly good reason.
Dealing with the declining elderly, who are unwilling to face the facts of their decline, is a very hard task. Leave your pride at the door.

Posted by: tom in ma on September 18, 2008 at 3:03 PM | PERMALINK

asnevitt:..evidence of memory problems...

It's called vascular dementia.

I don't think we need any more proof.

Even his outrage over the lipstick comments fits the diagnosis.

Oh my, did I forget to mention his age?

Now watch, pointing out John's lapses will be equated with my being unpatriotic. How dare I question his readiness for the presidency!

Check the quote from him in my previous post.

Posted by: Tom Nicholson on September 18, 2008 at 3:08 PM | PERMALINK

I bet McCain wishes he'd studied Latin.

Posted by: ChicagoPat on September 18, 2008 at 3:25 PM | PERMALINK

Great, add Spain to the list of countries Mccain and the neo-cons want to go to war with. Luckily, it's the Spain that is in Latin America, which means they have to find it on a map before they can send in our troops.

Posted by: Shalimar on September 18, 2008 at 3:47 PM | PERMALINK

Luckily the real Spain is right next to Czechoslovakia.

Posted by: Stefan on September 18, 2008 at 3:50 PM | PERMALINK

1. In April McCain said he was ready to look to the future and meet with Zapatero. Why is he changing his policy now?

2. Last week Governor Palin said we'd have to go to war with Russia to defend potential NATO allies Georgia and Ukraine. Now McCain won't meet with an actual NATO ally. Why the descrepancy?

Posted by: croatoan on September 18, 2008 at 4:39 PM | PERMALINK

I think it's more serious than hearing loss.

Posted by: catherineD on September 18, 2008 at 4:39 PM | PERMALINK

Luckily the real Spain is right next to Czechoslovakia.

...and on the border of Afghanistan...

Posted by: Gregory on September 18, 2008 at 4:55 PM | PERMALINK

He was talking about the NORTHERN Hemisphere!

(why have no Republicans thought of that one?)

Posted by: pbg on September 18, 2008 at 5:58 PM | PERMALINK

McCain is simply anticipating the neocon nightmare, the time when the Prime Minister of Spain works for the Emir of Cordoba in Al-Andalus.

Posted by: larry birnbaum on September 18, 2008 at 6:50 PM | PERMALINK

I agree with several commentators so far. The reason they're covering up McCain's confusion is that they know it's dementia, and are overreacting. They're worried someone will notice what's happening (and let me tell you, the tell-tale little slips of dementia are far easier to spot close-up, not on national television). So they can't risk any admission of even what would normally (in a well-functioning mind) be an acceptable slip-up like 'mishearing'.

Posted by: quench on September 19, 2008 at 12:20 AM | PERMALINK

I agree with those who think that it is time to ask for a neurological exam for McCain to see if he is suffering from dementia. He has shown many lapses in concentration, lapses in knowledge that are clearly within his experience, and an inability to think on his feet that raises serious questions about his competence.

Posted by: Marc on September 19, 2008 at 8:00 AM | PERMALINK

In a heroic attempt to remind Americans of the dangers present in a post-9/11 world, John McCain personally led an all-volunteer force of republican pundits in a change up San Juan Hill. Governor Palin provided covering fire from a helicopter hovering nearby. A McCain spokesman vigorously denied rumors that the republican senator actually believed he was Teddy Roosevelt (any resemblance to the delusional brother in "Arsenic and Old Lace" was purely coincidental) and the battleship Maine had to be avenged ("Remember the ... what was the question"?). Bully.

Posted by: michaelpastor on September 19, 2008 at 8:14 AM | PERMALINK

I'm from Spain and am here to tell you half our EU partners would have the same response to the same question about Zapatero.

The irony is Zapatero and McCain are from the same mold, they are both populist nitwits.

Posted by: on September 19, 2008 at 9:28 AM | PERMALINK

He should know where Spain is....he crashed a plane into it. I guess he doesn't remember that.

Posted by: QG on September 19, 2008 at 9:58 AM | PERMALINK




 

 

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