ZAPATISTAS?  10:56 am September 18, 2008

John McCain Maybe Doesn’t Know Who Runs Spain These Days

by Sara K. Smith

Will he meet with this first-world tinpot dictator?We have listened to this recording of John McCain’s interview with Radio Caracol Miami where he appears not to know who the prime minister of Spain is, or whether or not he’d be willing to meet with him. It is just … weird.

At the end, the interviewer says, “I’m talking about the president of Spain,” and McCain gets all touchy. Perhaps, like many Vietnam vets, he suffered some hearing loss in the war, and now he’s not so great on the phone with people who speak rapid, accented English? Or (MORE LIKELY) he honestly believes that America must take a very tough stand on these Latin American dictators, including the guy who runs Spain, a democracy in Europe. Or! (LIKELIEST!) He thinks Zapatero is the Mexican guy in that Marlon Brando movie he liked so much.

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1337b07 September 18, 2008 at 10:57 am

Wait Franco is not running spain anymore?! Where have I been the last 30 years?

ManchuCandidate September 18, 2008 at 10:59 am

It could have been worse, McCain could have said it was Don Quixote.

jinmoom September 18, 2008 at 10:59 am

In before “McCain is old” joke

Hunter Gathers September 18, 2008 at 11:02 am

Of course Walnuts has no clue who this guy is. Lieberman wasn’t there to wisper sweet nothings into his ear.

InsidiousTuna September 18, 2008 at 11:02 am

No, he is preemptively apprehensive against Spain because it’s going to be Russia by the end of the decade and Jammakane just hates Russia. Because he thinks it’s 1978.

grendel September 18, 2008 at 11:03 am

That’s it… Put Spain on notice. They’re next on the “to invade” list.

apocalypsethen September 18, 2008 at 11:03 am

this is exactly the kind of response I wanted from my future president.

Monkey September 18, 2008 at 11:03 am

I thought Spain was now part of Russia after they invaded S. Ossetia and lost.

Viva la Cynthia September 18, 2008 at 11:04 am

Oh, Zapatero, Zapata, Zanzibar, Zaire–who could possibly keep it all straight? Why would the President of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ever need to know who runs that little old country in the European Whozits, anyway? Besides, it’s not like this Z guy has been there for FIVE AND A HALF YEARS, ALAN.

Doglessliberal September 18, 2008 at 11:04 am

Sarah Palin thinks a zapatero is the new special at Taco Bell.

Serolf Divad September 18, 2008 at 11:04 am

I just finished listening to this interview, and it was the most bizarre thing evah… I mean, clearly the guy is well versed in the Latin American political situation and can rattle off the names of the major political players in the region (could you imagine Sarah Palin asked the same questions? Let me answer that for you: No. No, you can’t). No doubt McCain harbors a fondness for the people and the land of his birth. But when attention turns to Spain the guy is completely off balance. He refuses to say whether or not he’d be willing to meet with the president of Spain. I mean… WTF!? I don’t know if it’s scarier to think that McCain’s refusal is based upon his ignorance of the Spanish political landscape, or if it’s based upon knowledge of it. Is he refusing to say because he’s completely lost or is it because he’s still pissed that Spain was one of the first major European “coalition of the billing” to pull its troops from Iraq.

southernbitch September 18, 2008 at 11:04 am

at this point, i think most people in latin america would wholeheartedly say “fuck off” if someone told them to their faces that free trade has improved their lives. it’s a flat fucking lie.

Urbanachiever September 18, 2008 at 11:05 am

“He’s the President of Spain……in what respect Charlie?”

Godless Liberal September 18, 2008 at 11:05 am

McCain may still be under the impression that Spain is a monarchy.

Texan Bulldoggette September 18, 2008 at 11:05 am

Hey, Walnuts is not happy with two wars on one continent. He wants to start a war on every continent, because he knows how to win wars.

Cripes, between him & Palin, foreign policy will be like pin the tail on the donkey where the lucky winner gets bombed! USA! USA!

obfuscator September 18, 2008 at 11:06 am

Senator Grampa McNasty’s tendency to get offended by any one who dares to question him is pretty unattractive.

Cogito Ergo Bibo September 18, 2008 at 11:06 am

It seriously is an answer that you’d expect from Palin, not from McCain. Spanish-American relations are touchy. The president of Spain hasn’t been invited to the White House since he took office. Apparently in part because Bush got all touchy about his supporting Kerry, back in the day. Doesn’t help that Spain disagrees with our “we can’t seeeee you” policy toward Cuba and also loves selling military tchockes to Venezuela.

That McCain didn’t do his homework, before talking to a reporter from Spain, says a lot.

A Geek Tragedy September 18, 2008 at 11:06 am

[re=100141]1337b07[/re]: Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead.

SlouchingTowardsWasilla September 18, 2008 at 11:07 am

Hey, the guy’s gonna be friends with our friends and enemies with our enemies. What more could you ask for?

InsidiousTuna September 18, 2008 at 11:07 am

[re=100159]southernbitch[/re]: No, they’d say “fucko offo”. I think.

V572625694 September 18, 2008 at 11:08 am

Dontcha love how the Republicans get so angry at tinpot dictator (or Hero of the People) Hugo Chavez (or “chay-vez” as Juan calls him) because they suffer from terminal nostalgia for communism: life was so much better when we had a single, scary, nation-state enemy.

Sorry, pal. It’s over, and we sold everything we have to the last “communist” government on earth: China.

Hunter Gathers September 18, 2008 at 11:08 am

[re=100157]Doglessliberal[/re]: You beat me to it, you bastard. Yo Quiero Taco Bell!!

tunamelt September 18, 2008 at 11:08 am

He’s still pissed about how the Line of Demarcation turned out. Just ask him about Pope Alexander VI.

Da Derga September 18, 2008 at 11:08 am

To be fair, Zapatero is the Prime Minister of Spain, not the President.

V572625694 September 18, 2008 at 11:08 am

Also: tl/dl

mattbolt September 18, 2008 at 11:09 am

I hate “name that foreign leader” games between candidates, because it’s clear neither one knows dick-all about the foreign leaders who they’re not interested in bombing. I mean, Barry once namedropped the *President* of Canada, so, let’s not get into this shit.

InsidiousTuna September 18, 2008 at 11:09 am

“We’ve got to end this Inquisition, my friends, and end it now!”

Cogito Ergo Bibo September 18, 2008 at 11:09 am

[re=100158]Serolf Divad[/re]: They’re giving extra troops to help out in Afghanistan, though, so you’d think that the Iraqi pullout (snerk) would sort of be water under the bridge, by now. Hell, we’re pulling out as well.

Vanity Smurf September 18, 2008 at 11:09 am

No reporter should ever be allowed to interview McSenile without having video of the exchange from here on out. We need Youtube, not mp3 files.

Sadly this will make no difference. The McSenile voter doesn’t know who Zapatero is either and couldn’t find Spain on a map even if it was labeled. They think all Hispanics (ie, those who speak Spanish) are uppity brown furriners.

I am still hoping for a stroke during the debates.

SayItWithWookies September 18, 2008 at 11:10 am

Spain…hmmm…Spain — not sure. Is that anywhere near Transalpine Gaul?

Hunter Gathers September 18, 2008 at 11:10 am

[re=100167]SlouchingTowardsWasilla[/re]: A president with more than 6 working brain cells.

Terry September 18, 2008 at 11:10 am

Zapatero is a fine looking man. Awesome accent, too. I may be getting the vapors here.

A Geek Tragedy September 18, 2008 at 11:11 am

[re=100161]Godless Liberal[/re]: Maybe I’ve missed a level of snark here, but it is a monarchy. The interviewer is wrong to say “President”

freakishlystrong September 18, 2008 at 11:11 am

And the press will write it off as a “senor’ moment”

TJBeck September 18, 2008 at 11:11 am

The McCain in Spain falls mostly on the Palin?

Hunter Gathers September 18, 2008 at 11:12 am

[re=100177]Cogito Ergo Bibo[/re]: If only we had ‘pulled out’ earlier.

Cogito Ergo Bibo September 18, 2008 at 11:13 am

[re=100172]Da Derga[/re]: D’oh. Righto. My non-Euro brain tends to not think about the differences between president and prime minister.

columnv September 18, 2008 at 11:13 am

I know, like Zapatero has only been prime minister for like a few years, right. It’s really an understandable mistake. Oh, and the interviewer was clearly an immigrant, or something.

jselt September 18, 2008 at 11:13 am

Clearly he’s still in shock from the great tragedy of his youth, when those damn Spanish terrorists blew up the Maine in 1898. NEVER FORGET!

tunamelt September 18, 2008 at 11:14 am

[re=100184]freakishlystrong[/re]: Ha!

BigDupa September 18, 2008 at 11:14 am

I thought we could put Florida on eBay and Spain could buy it back. Better know who the PM of Spain is so we can give proper feedback…

SwanSwanH September 18, 2008 at 11:14 am

Mac: “Well I didn’t expect the Spanish Inquisition….”

(Poke him with the soft cushions.)

Ilikepigeons September 18, 2008 at 11:15 am

Wasn’t he a P.O.W. during the Spanish-American War?
He is going to war with Zappos!
Palin doesn’t blink when she says they speak Latin in Latin America.

loquaciousmusic September 18, 2008 at 11:16 am

The President of Spain is a Zip Car?

Serolf Divad September 18, 2008 at 11:16 am

[re=100185]TJBeck[/re]:

FTW.

LittlePhatGuise September 18, 2008 at 11:16 am

[re=100163]obfuscator[/re]: Cantankerous Ol’ Bastard ’08!

Vanity Smurf September 18, 2008 at 11:16 am

[re=100184]freakishlystrong[/re]: Somebody should slap you for that pun. I laughed, but it’s really bad.

Special Agent Jack Mehoff September 18, 2008 at 11:16 am

[re=100141]1337b07[/re]: Nope here’s where that whole deal went sour.

http://www.theonion.com/content/node/28022

snig September 18, 2008 at 11:16 am

[re=100161]Godless Liberal[/re]: Or he still thinks it’s run by Moors, and he can’t remember if they’re the good Muslims or bad Muslims.

AngryBlakGuy September 18, 2008 at 11:17 am

…he was having a flashback to the Spanish American war!

grendel September 18, 2008 at 11:17 am

[re=100179]Vanity Smurf[/re]: It’s good to know that Portuguese and Brasilians are not “hispanic” to the Repugs.

donner_froh September 18, 2008 at 11:18 am

McCain has a total lack of affect until he gets mad at the end. Sounds like a schizophrenic who has been partially sedated with some really heavy drug like Thorazine.

medievalist September 18, 2008 at 11:18 am

[re=100183]A Geek Tragedy[/re]: Actually, in Spain the prime minister is referred to as the “presidente del gobierno” — the president of the government as opposed a president of state, which they don’t have, because it’s a monarchy.

I know this because I lived in Spain. Back then I could see Spain from my house! Am I qualified to be vice-president?

Johnny Zhivago September 18, 2008 at 11:18 am

It’s strange because I thought McCain served in the officer’s exchange program aboard the Spanish Armada during the Battle of the Gravelines?

Viva la Cynthia September 18, 2008 at 11:18 am

[re=100152]InsidiousTuna[/re]: Good point–whoever this Z señor is, he’s head of the SOCIALIST party, and nobody wants that, right? I mean, socialism might mean the government would have some kind of responsibility when the market fails, and who wants that crap?

mookworthjwilson September 18, 2008 at 11:18 am

I, for one, welcome our new Spanish overlords…

grendel September 18, 2008 at 11:18 am

[re=100185]TJBeck[/re]: FTW!

Tawmn September 18, 2008 at 11:18 am

He loves their “fly”.

stew September 18, 2008 at 11:19 am

It’s not fair when they interview McCain before naptime.

Ilikepigeons September 18, 2008 at 11:19 am

where is teddy roosevelt when you need him.

Norbert September 18, 2008 at 11:20 am

maybe Walnuts should have tapped Crist [wokka], I think he can see Hispania from his house

Hunter Gathers September 18, 2008 at 11:20 am

Will said reporter be invited to Walnuts’ next BBQ? Me thinks not.

TGY September 18, 2008 at 11:20 am

Spain? What country did *they* invade?

Cogito Ergo Bibo September 18, 2008 at 11:21 am

[re=100211]mookworthjwilson[/re]: I may be welcoming them pretty soon. Like, right after the election, if Grampy wins. I always did like Barcelona…

mattbolt September 18, 2008 at 11:21 am

I’d hope McCain knew some Latin American trivia, his stompin’ grounds for the past 120 years of his life have been Mexico-bordering desert lands. Barry, meanwhile, has been suckling on supple roast pig and exotic fruit on the elitist Kingdom of Hawaii, and therefore “gets” Pacific islanders and possibly Asians. Palin has lived on the desolate frozen tundra of Russian North America and therefore “gets” the dastardly Soviet menace, and Biden… Jesus is that get still around, I haven’t heard from him in like a month, anyways he can’t “get” anyone because Delaware is a horrible little nook of nothing.

user-of-owls September 18, 2008 at 11:21 am

Tapa your game, Johnny!

Viva la Cynthia September 18, 2008 at 11:22 am

[re=100172]Da Derga[/re]: Actually, while is the Head of Government in a parliamentary system–and thus a Prime Minister–his official title is President. Spain is weird that way.

mookworthjwilson September 18, 2008 at 11:23 am

Isn’t Zapatero one of the fundamentals of the US economy?

user-of-owls September 18, 2008 at 11:23 am

[re=100217]Hunter Gathers[/re]: Well, yes…but just to bus the tables.

Faygelah September 18, 2008 at 11:24 am

Don’t you get it, you libtards? The Madrid subway bombing was an inside job!

Terry September 18, 2008 at 11:25 am

[re=100220]mattbolt[/re]:

Delaware is a land of:

- toll booths
- tax free shopping
- barge and ship registration
- insurance companies
- chickens, lots and lots of chickens
- DuPont, the company, I can’t see the family members hanging out in Dover much unless they like to play penny slots.

Johnny Zhivago September 18, 2008 at 11:25 am

[re=100214]stew[/re]: Makes you wonder what he’s like at 3am?

randomsausage September 18, 2008 at 11:27 am

So I guess we know what the executive order of a McCain presidency would be: “Bring me the head of Luis Zapatero”

Hunter Gathers September 18, 2008 at 11:27 am

[re=100224]mookworthjwilson[/re]: No, the ‘American Workers’ are the fundamentals of the ‘ecomony’. Now stop trashing the american worker you commie pinko lefty elitist atheist bastard.

freakishlystrong September 18, 2008 at 11:28 am

[re=100201]Vanity Smurf[/re]: Be my guest, maybe it’ll knock me out until Nov. 4…

Vanity Smurf September 18, 2008 at 11:28 am

[re=100205]grendel[/re]: What? They don’t speak Spanish in Brazil? Nobody could have known that.

A Geek Tragedy September 18, 2008 at 11:29 am

[re=100207]medievalist[/re]: Thanks for the correction. I have no excuse for not knowing that. I live in Portugal – so close that people forget it’s a seperate country. Ergo I am a tard.

Airborne Toxic Event September 18, 2008 at 11:29 am

John McCain is still dead.

Doglessliberal September 18, 2008 at 11:30 am

[re=100228]Terry[/re]: don’t forget credit card companies!

WadISay September 18, 2008 at 11:31 am

What McCain actually said was, “Meet Zapatero my ass, I will follow him to the gates of hell! Remember the Maine!”

loudmouthredhead September 18, 2008 at 11:33 am

Sweet Jeebus…does he next want to get Franco out of there? !Viva Espana!

Vanity Smurf September 18, 2008 at 11:33 am

[re=100233]freakishlystrong[/re]: I didn’t say where you should be slapped.

mookworthjwilson September 18, 2008 at 11:34 am

[re=100232]Hunter Gathers[/re]: You’re right about everything cept the commie part…and I am only a bastard after a couple of shots…

Voted for Mondale September 18, 2008 at 11:35 am

Zapatero – isn’t that the taco stand next to McCain House Number 6? I wouldn’t meet with that guy either…

InKnockYouUs September 18, 2008 at 11:36 am

HE COULDN’T HEAR HER, you guys. His hearing aid was turned off.

WoundedVeteran September 18, 2008 at 11:36 am

The rain in Spain falls mainly on McCain….I think he’s got it.

columnv September 18, 2008 at 11:38 am

[re=100184]freakishlystrong[/re]: win

Hunter Gathers September 18, 2008 at 11:39 am

Walnuts needs to do something to change the subject. My suggestion:

M
A
R
S

“Mars, bitches. During my first 100 days as POTUS, I will send V.P. Palin to Mars to meet with the Supreme Martian Overlord. She’s an expert on Martian relations, as she has watched ‘Total Recall’ like a million times. President WALNUTS has spoken!”

Doglessliberal September 18, 2008 at 11:40 am

argh! “McCain foreign policy adviser Randy Sheunemann said McCain’s answer was intentional.”

I’d rather McCain were just senile, actually
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/the-trail/2008/09/18/mccain_slights_spanish_prime_m.html#more

Borat September 18, 2008 at 11:43 am

Walnuts war injuries render him incapable of using computers, blackberries, and understanding what foreigners are talkin’ about in their funny accents. You know, these are the things we should be sympathetic of because when a Rooskie is pointing a gun at your head, they’ll take all those things into consideration and play nice

randomsausage September 18, 2008 at 11:44 am

have a couple of gun-boats shell Valencia. That will bring the dastardly Spanish back into line.

grendel September 18, 2008 at 11:45 am

[re=100235]A Geek Tragedy[/re]: Where in Portugal? I’m shopping for a new home if Walnuts! and Caribou Barbie manage to steal this thing…

grendel September 18, 2008 at 11:47 am

[re=100255]Borat[/re]: But, but… John McCain INVENTED the Blackberry!

Giant Robot September 18, 2008 at 11:47 am

1:20 asked about Bolivia… we should pay more attention to the region and support the president in Columbia… aren’t Bolivia and Columbia like totally different countries?

lawrenceofthedesert September 18, 2008 at 11:47 am

McCain is willing to meet with anyone who agrees with him — that’s how he embraces change.

He is not willing, however, to answer any questions about subjects not on his index cards.

dano September 18, 2008 at 11:47 am

Boy, Walnuts can sure think on his feet can’t he? He should always do interviews with Bush’s debate earpiece. That way his slightly better informed servants can tell him how many houses he owns and where Spain is.

Giant Robot September 18, 2008 at 11:48 am

we should support the president of Columbia – in maintaining a steady supply of cocaine to the Department of the Interior

stew September 18, 2008 at 11:49 am

On another note, Palin is starting to cancel her upcoming appearances. Maybe she’s heading for Spain to calm things down…

Terry September 18, 2008 at 11:50 am

[re=100238]Doglessliberal[/re]:

True, which is why our overlords are Delawarians rather than the Spanish.

A Geek Tragedy September 18, 2008 at 11:51 am

[re=100257]grendel[/re]: Mostly in Braga, which would be a dreadful choice to flee from conservatives to (it’s kind of like the 50s). I also have lodgings in Lisbon (cause of work stuff). Lisbon is fantastic; I should live here all the time.

Cogito Ergo Bibo September 18, 2008 at 11:51 am

[re=100252]Doglessliberal[/re]: McGrampy “refused to commit to a meeting”? That’s the official spin? Uh, just, no. He wandered all over the globe in search of a topic he felt comfortable discussing. And since they speak Spanish in Meh-hico, that’s where he went. Gimme a break. If he didn’t want to commit to a meeting, he would have said, “I don’t have the information necessary to commit to a meeting.” Very simple. Not start spouting some drivel about South America.

Johnny Zhivago September 18, 2008 at 11:53 am

[re=100242]loudmouthredhead[/re]: Franco: Regime Change is the Only Solution

- Stockpiling weapons of mass destrucción
- Hijacked Radical Roman Catholicism
- Historical ties to the Moors and Radical Islam

azw88 September 18, 2008 at 11:54 am

Give the guy a break, he may not know who the leader of one of our allies in the war on terror, but Johnny-Mac know DADDY YANKEE!!

[re=100263]stew[/re]: Sarah’s canceled appearances so she cn learn to dance to GASOLINA

Johnny Zhivago September 18, 2008 at 11:55 am

[re=100263]stew[/re]: Palin is naving an affair with Carly Fiorina – both are disappearing together…

Doglessliberal September 18, 2008 at 11:56 am

[re=100266]Cogito Ergo Bibo[/re]: sadly, this is too substantive and complex to have any effect. Voters are looking at the important stuff like who designs Palin’s glasses.

Cogito Ergo Bibo September 18, 2008 at 11:57 am

[re=100271]Johnny Zhivago[/re]: Spain did just legalize same-sex marriage. I think I’m seeing the connection.

Dave J. September 18, 2008 at 11:58 am

McCain is still pissed at the raw deal his ship mate Columbus got from Queen Isabella.

Cogito Ergo Bibo September 18, 2008 at 12:01 pm

[re=100272]Doglessliberal[/re]: Sigh. You’re right. I should just devote more time to learning Spanish, since I’ll be moving there on Nov. 5.

Godot September 18, 2008 at 12:05 pm

Donde esta la zapateria?

Canuckledragger September 18, 2008 at 12:07 pm

Silly old coot Juan McCain.

Of course he knows nothing about Spain. He lives in Arizona.

You can’t SEE Spain from ARIZONA!

If Juan had lived in, say, Gibraltar or Portugual or someplace, he coulda SEEN Spain and then had some applicable foreign policy experience.

And he sure doesn’t need to meet with this Zapatero guy, ‘coz he’s a shoemaker and Juan already has ALL the $500 Ferragamos that he’ll ever need. So fuck him with a shoehorn.

The foundations of Juan’s Ferragamos are still fundamentally sound. Even if his brain isn’t.

Strictly for the Tardcore September 18, 2008 at 12:08 pm

WALNUTS! can’t be bothered to do his homework on these countries! You know, for five and a half years WALNUTS! couldn’t do homework at all.

By that, I of course mean college.

Urbanachiever September 18, 2008 at 12:09 pm

[re=100203]snig[/re]: Even better, maybe he thinkls it’s run by the MOOPS….

S.Luggo September 18, 2008 at 12:10 pm

[re=100224]mookworthjwilson[/re]:
10 Zapateros = 1 Amero.

Miller September 18, 2008 at 12:13 pm

God I love John McCain, instead of admit he was wrong and wasn’t sure who the PM of Spain was, he’d rather get all standoffish and refuse to meet with him. If he gets elected things are going to be so fun. Horridly horridly fun.

http://thesebastards.blogspot.com/

checkonechecktwo September 18, 2008 at 12:14 pm

I’m offended that either candidate would be willing to meet with a dirty Spaniard unconditionally, and that condition being that they don’t say anything in their dirty, backward language. Why do our candidates hate English?

Strictly for the Tardcore September 18, 2008 at 12:17 pm

[re=100271]Johnny Zhivago[/re]: Zing!

[re=100287]Miller[/re]: Johnny WALNUTS!’s rant there was very revealing… if Barry’s smart, he’ll point out that he basically said “You’re either with us, or against us.” And then repeated it when it turned out he had no idea what Spain is.

randomsausage September 18, 2008 at 12:24 pm

We’re all Spanish today!

Voyou Charmant September 18, 2008 at 12:24 pm

I love that McCain can take issue with Hugo Chavez, but when it comes to the murderous Uribe administration, he feels that we should show our support; murdered labor activists be damned!

mocowbell September 18, 2008 at 12:24 pm

Throw in the contents of the Prado as plunder and I’m totally down with Walnut’s Spanish adventure!

Doglessliberal September 18, 2008 at 12:28 pm

[re=100299]mocowbell[/re]: I want a Picasso for my kitchen wall, please.

Cogito Ergo Bibo September 18, 2008 at 12:38 pm

[re=100299]mocowbell[/re]: I’d like one of those old Goya’s. I’ll put it in the guest room so that baby Jeebus can stare at them all night.

OzoneTom September 18, 2008 at 12:38 pm

Spain, home of both leggy Svetlana and Las Hijas del Tomate. I’m glad to hear that they are in our hemisphere now. They on the other hand may not welcome the news, but if they’re smart they will not sneeze at Juan McCains invitation.

Fear of a Black Reagan September 18, 2008 at 12:41 pm

According to his spokesman, he knew who it was.

Which means that for him the social democratic leader of a NATO ally is as bad as Chavez or Hammy-dinna-jadd.

Senile or batshit insane? This time I actually believe the McCain spin.

BobLoblawLawBlog September 18, 2008 at 12:43 pm

WALNUTS! doesn’t negotiate with pennyloafers like that “Zapato” and his fellow terrorists. That’s for womenfolk.

lilblackcorvette September 18, 2008 at 12:44 pm

[re=100174]mattbolt[/re]: he blew the title but did he get the right country?

Scarab September 18, 2008 at 12:45 pm

McCain just sounds incredibly tired and unfocused throughout this entire interview. He obviously didn’t have much interest in the questions. It’s really looking like the campaign is wearing him down. I’m guessing that another week of his falling poll numbers and blood sugar, and we’ll see him really go off on some reporter.

Gopherit v2.0 September 18, 2008 at 12:47 pm

I think McCain was confused by the Latin Heat….the Guatemalanness….of the interviewer.

And he missed his nap.

lilblackcorvette September 18, 2008 at 12:50 pm

[re=100202]Special Agent Jack Mehoff[/re]: thank yew. My keyboard is now covered with spittake beer.

Gopherit v2.0 September 18, 2008 at 12:50 pm

[re=100168]InsidiousTuna[/re]: For the uninitiated, that would be: “Chinga te, cabron!”

lilblackcorvette September 18, 2008 at 12:52 pm

[re=100216]Norbert[/re]: hispaniola?

madtowngooner September 18, 2008 at 12:58 pm

Let’s be fair, when Walnuts was young Spain WAS part of South America (Pangaea)

lilblackcorvette September 18, 2008 at 1:09 pm

[re=100259]Giant Robot[/re]: colOmbia

chauncey September 18, 2008 at 1:11 pm

People from Mexico are Mexican not Spanish

Serolf Divad September 18, 2008 at 1:20 pm

In case anyone cares, here are my real life actual serious thoughts about this interview.

mentalward September 18, 2008 at 1:24 pm

[re=100183]A Geek Tragedy[/re]: Not to be picky, but the PM of Spain is referred to as the President of the government (wiki says so), so most people refer to the leader of the government as the Spanish president. Regardless, Walnuts must have fallen asleep because he kept on referring to “Latin America” in his answer.

Tequila Face September 18, 2008 at 1:36 pm

Really, no harm done. It just means that Spain will side with the Uppities if and when a Civil War breaks out if McPalin win.

Sara K. Smith September 18, 2008 at 1:40 pm

[re=100425]Serolf Divad[/re]: Oh you and your actual serious thoughts. So adorable.

sezme September 18, 2008 at 1:41 pm

McCain was totally confusing Zapatero with the Zapatistas, which is of course just awful. But quite apart from his policy initiatives with regards to the foreigns, listening to his tone of voice, I was more concerned that Radio Caracol might have dialled the wrong number and accidentally reached the Simpsons’ Hans Moleman.

randomsausage September 18, 2008 at 1:42 pm

I bet those Spanish pussies don’t even play ice hockey

Big Al1317 September 18, 2008 at 1:42 pm

[re=100257]grendel[/re]: I’m thinking Costa Rica might be better to move to.

Serolf Divad September 18, 2008 at 1:50 pm

[re=100491]Sara K. Smith[/re]:

Tragic, really. I’m sort of like the teary eyed clown you see in felt paintings… but without the black-light.

GetItWrong September 18, 2008 at 1:58 pm

At 4:22 he says “in the hemisphere.” He missed the name of the country, and was trying to bluff. Not the end of the world.

But now his campaign has declared that it was intentional. Which means that they’re now writing the McCain Foreign Policy around him screwing up in an interview. The next time McCain refers to Czechoslovakia, they’re going to send out an email explaining that he supports re-unification.

Giant Robot September 18, 2008 at 2:59 pm

[re=100391]lilblackcorvette[/re]: Thanks… I always spell it Columbia in memory of of my favorite space shuttle. I’m very patriotik.

StrangelyBrown September 18, 2008 at 4:26 pm

CNN and the Post have reported that this was an intentional slight of Zapatero on McCain’s part. So McCain’s not a confused old fool — he’s just a vindictive old bastard. Much better.

VP Mooseburger September 18, 2008 at 5:35 pm

Hey,

John knows all about Spain. Because like 30% of people in Arizona speak Spanish.

All you liberals are a bunch of idiots.

vpmooseburger dot com

randomsausage September 18, 2008 at 5:35 pm

Someone drain the old coot’s colostomy bag before he starts WWIII.

chauncey September 18, 2008 at 5:52 pm

VP Mooseburger: What part of People from Mexico are Mexican not Spanish did you not understand

BaxterJones September 18, 2008 at 7:02 pm

Somebody needs to get the bat-trees in his hearing aid checked!
http://www.entertonement.com/collections/3970/John-McCain-On-Spain

Texas2Step September 18, 2008 at 7:53 pm

[re=100157]Doglessliberal[/re]: Either that, or that online shoe store with the dancing UPS guy.

Beans September 18, 2008 at 11:27 pm

The MSNBC shows missed the best part of the interview–when he’s asked about Zapatera and Walnuts starts ranting about the Mexican drug cartels.

Huh?

Beans September 19, 2008 at 8:39 am

Maybe instead of Joe Lieberman to give him the answers, he needed the Divine Mrs. P–that is, if they thought to include Spain in her flash cards.

gerl676 September 24, 2008 at 10:35 am

Who gives a shit about spain

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