John McCain just forget where Spain was. Seriously, not kidding.

Basically McCain *appears* to confuse Zapatero, the President of Spain, with Zapatista, a rebel group in Mexico. I can kind of understand that; certainly when I saw the name Zapatero it made me think of the rebel group, even though I couldn’t quite place the name. That may be a sign of getting older, but it’s a trivial one. But when he knows he’s going into an interview with a Spanish interviewer (whether Latina-American or European), and still can’t catch on when told that Zapatero is the President of Spain, in Europe? That’s just unsettling, whatever party the guy belongs to.

Bumped. This is a very important story.

(UPDATE: I now have the Spanish version of the interview cropped to the 1 minute 37 seconds in question. You can listen to it here, but it’s in Spanish.)

This isn’t funny. It’s actually quite serious. We may have the first evidence, on tape, that McCain’s age, or illness, or both are catching up with him and he’s losing his mental faculties.

Per a post on Josh Marshall’s site, I just listened to an interview John McCain did with a Spanish journalist recently. The interview is in English, but there’s a Spanish translator translating the tape into Spanish at the same time. So the English part is difficult to hear. I am however fluent in Spanish, and what Josh reports is exactly what the Spanish version shows.

Namely, that John McCain didn’t appear to know that Spain was in Europe, or that the leader of Spain was named Zapatero, even after he was told that Zapatero was the leader of Spain.

When asked about Spain and Zapatero, by a Spanish reporter for a Spanish newspaper, McCain responded about Mexico and Latin America. A reader suggested something that Josh had already considered, that perhaps McCain thought the reporter was talking about the Zapatistas in Mexico, the guerilla group. But that’s not possible as the reporter clearly said she was talking about Spain and Spain’s leader, Zapatero. She told McCain this twice. Let me tell you exactly what she asked McCain (per the translation):

“Senator, finally, let’s talk about Spain. If you’re elected president, would you invite President Zapatero to meet with you in the White House?”

McCain then gives this odd answer about America’s friends and America’s enemies. He also, oddly, talks about Mexico (why Mexico? The question was about Spain) and how he’d invite friendly leaders to the White House. She then asks him again, would that invitation include President Zapatero? He says again that he’d have to review relations first, blah blah. She then says again, “so you’d have to wait to see, so would you meet with him in the White House?” He again repeats his weird statement about friends and enemies. McCain also throws in, oddly, to the Spanish reporter, when she’s asking him about meeting the Spanish president, a line about the importance of our relationship with Latin America (this is now the second time he answered a question about meeting the president of Spain with an answer about Latin America). She then says to McCain one last time:

“Okay, but I’m talking about Europe – the president of Spain, would you meet with him?”

This time, there was no room for confusion. McCain then gives this very bizarre answer:

“I will meet with any leader who has the same principles and philosophy as us in terms of human rights, democracy, and freedom and I will stand up to those who do not.”

What does concern about human rights, democracy and freedom have to do with a prerequisite for meeting the president of Spain? Especially when you told the same paper 5 months ago that you’d be happy to meet with him.

McCain had no idea what was going on in the interview. She specifically told him, twice, that she was talking about Spain and the Spanish president. She’s a Spanish reporter with one of the largest, if not the largest, newspaper in Spain, El Pais. I know this paper, McCain certainly knows this paper (and it’s not like McCain’s staff didn’t tell him who he had the exclusive interview with for ten minutes). She made it clear she was asking about her own country and her own president and Mccain had no clue what she was talking about.

Either McCain had no idea what the woman was talking about when she said “Spain,” and then said “the President of Spain,” repeatedly, or McCain intentionally snubbed the country of Spain tonight for no apparent reason, which is very hard to believe, especially given his earlier interview in which he said he was fine meeting Zapatero. The interview is absolutely bizarre, especially in that it sounds like McCain wasn’t even lucid, it sounds like he simply doesn’t have complete control over his faculties anymore. And judging by the fact that just a few months ago McCain was fine with Zapatero, it sounds like McCain simply wasn’t quite all there any more during the interview. He got horribly confused and didn’t know what was going on.

This is just incredibly disturbing. And remember, this is hardly the first time in the last year that McCain has become confused about his signature issue, foreign affairs. It’s happened a lot in the past year, and it never happened before. There’s a pattern here, even if in polite company the media isn’t supposed to talk about. McCain is having trouble focusing and understanding what’s going on around him. He gets increasingly confused. And that’s just scary.

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New McCain royalty surrogate, Her Royal Highness Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild, calls voters "rednecks"

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Look at this, another Obama proxy calling average people ‘bitter’. Really, the Dems need to get in touch with… what? She’s a McCain supporter? Ah, never mind.

“The people out, you know, who are the rednecks or whoever, are bitter.” – McCain surrogate Her Royal Highness Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild, CNN, 9/17/08

Ah yes, nothing shows that John McCain understands the plight of working Americans like a woman with a royal title and $100 million referring to American voters as “rednecks” in the middle of an economic crisis. I’m thinking Her Royal Highness is about to join Carly Fiorina in a secret undisclosed location for the rest of the campaign.

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Flashback: Biden on 9/10/01 warned the ‘real threat’ may come in ‘the belly of a plane’

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The really scary part is that we’re *still* making the same mistake.

biden.jpgBefore 9/11, the Bush administration’s national security focus was on missile defense, not terrorism. In fact, on 9/11, then-National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice was set to deliver a speech that focused “largely on missile defense.” Writing at the Huffington Post, Joe Cirincione — president of the Ploughshares Fund — recalls this quote from Sen. Joseph Biden (D-DE) on Sept. 10, 2001, warning against the Bush administration’s approach:

We will have diverted all that money to address the least likely threat while the real threats come into this country in the hold of a ship, or the belly of a plane, or are smuggled into a city in the middle of the night in a vial in a backpack.

Cirincione writes, “If George Bush had listened to Joe Biden instead of Donald Rumsfeld, the history of the past seven years would have been very different. We might have prevented 9/11.”

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McCain doesn’t know what his own committee does.

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I’m not sure if this makes the current problems more his fault or less..

With Wall Street’s financial institutions in turmoil, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) argued in a series of interviews today that his experience on the Senate Commerce Committee meant he knew “how to fix this economy.” “I understand the economy. I was chairman of the Commerce Committee that oversights every part of our economy,” McCain told CNBC’s Squawk Box. Watch it:

But, as the Washington Post points out, the Commerce Committee doesn’t oversee “every part of our economy,” let alone “the very areas now in crisis“:

In fact, it is the Senate Banking Committee that has oversight of “banks, banking and financial institutions; control of prices of commodities, rents and services; federal monetary policy, including the Federal Reserve System; financial aid to commerce and industry and money and credit, including currency and coinage.”

According to its Web site, the Commerce Committee oversees 13 areas, beginning with the Coast Guard, and continuing through “regulation of consumer products and services … except for credit, financial services, and housing” — the very areas now in crisis.

It’s not that surprising that McCain is confused about the Commerce Committee’s economic responsibilities, considering that he freely admits, “The issue of economics is not something I’ve understood as well as I should.”

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John McCain called Hillary Clinton "a pig"

Well, he did if you believe McCain’s latest lie – that Obama’s use of the “lipstick on a pig” expression is now sexist – then when McCain used the same “lipstick on a pig” expression to deride Hillary Clinton’s proposals McCain was, under his own logic, calling Hillary Clinton a pig too.

I want to know when John McCain is going to apologize to the women of American for calling Hillary Clinton a pig. That’s the question every reporter needs to ask McCain now. Why did McCain call Hillary Clinton a pig.

Then again, John McCain is familiar with sexism. He once joked that Chelsea Clinton was “ugly.” (I guess kids aren’t so off-limits after all to McCain.) Then there’s the time that McCain joked about a woman being raped and enjoying it so much she wanted to be raped again. So yes, let’s have a debate about John McCain and sexism. I hope every reporter is going to be asking McCain about why sexist jokes about other people’s kids are okay, and why jokes about rape are okay. Since McCain is now so big on women.

Oh, one more thing. Can you still be America’s greatest defender of women if you cheat on your first wife and call your second wife the c-word?

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