In the interview, McCain is asked about Hugo Chavez, the situation in Bolivia and then about Raul Castro. He responds to each of these with expected answers about standing up to America’s enemies, etc. Then the interviewer switches gears and asks about Zapatero, the Spanish Prime Minister. And McCain replies — very loose translation — that he’ll establish close relations with our friends and stand up to those who want to do us harm. The interviewer has a double take and seems to think McCain might be confused. So she asks it again. But McCain sticks to the same evasive answer.
(This is what happens when you’re an old and confused man.)
Update: I don’t really believe that McCain doesn’t know that Spain is in Europe, as posited by some. He’s old and of poor judgment, but he’s not stupid. I do, however, believe that he had no idea who the Prime Minister of Spain was, and that’s pretty telling. To be fair, I guess, Spain’s never come up as a possible bombing target, so why would McCain be interested? Maybe Spain needs to hire a lobbyist to take a place on the McCain staff to make sure it stays that way . . .).
Update II: Head over to TPM for the rest of the story. It’s just . . .Christ. There are people who are going to vote for this man.
Update III: McCain’s advisers try to claim that McCain *did* know who Zapatero was, and that he was intentionally avoiding committing to meeting with Spain’s Prime Minister. This, of course, is bullshit, unless McCain’s advisers want to acknowledge that McCain thinks that Spain is a Latin American country. It does give you some insight to the McCain campaign, though, that rejecting our own NATO allies is the *preferrable* option here. Can we just get to November already?
Update IV: Bienvenido, lectores de Cadenaser.com