Yesterday was not a good day for John McCain.
For one thing, during a stump speech in Iowa, his running mate, Sarah Palin, ran through a list of the wondrous things a “Palin and McCain Administration” was going to do for people. Uh-oh! If she’s already putting her name in front, John had better watch his back.
Then, in an interview with a Spanish language radio station, McCain himself got all snarled up. Relations between the U.S. and Spain have been strained and he was asked if he would agree to meet with “Mr. Zapatero” … a reference to Spanish prime minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero.
McCain’s answer was disjointed and he ended up talking about supporting our friends and standing up to our enemies "in this hemisphere" … leading listeners to the inescapable conclusion that (a) he was confused or (b) he doesn’t know who Zapatero is, or (c) both.
People in Spain were understandably miffed over that and there has been a spate of negative comments about the incident in the Spanish media.
And that was reported in a news item carried by CNN.com which included the following headline:
The Pain in Spain Falls Mainly on McCain
Somewhere in CNN headquarters, an editor is still getting high-fives.