To sum up yesterday’s McCain gaffe relating to meetings with Spanish Prime Minister José Zapatero, I agree with Josh Marshall — when you listen to the entire interview and put it in the context of McCain’s previous comments on Spain, it’s clear that Randy Scheuenemann is wrong and McCain was not trying to articulate any kind of wingnut policy of refusing to meet with Zapatero. He was just mixed up, probably because the interviewer was speaking with an accent at a high speed and he just didn’t catch the name. In the scheme of things, not such a big deal.
But then instead of admitting to a minor mix-up, the McCain campaign decided that in order to preserve their man’s aura of omniscience they would . . . provoke a diplomatic incident with Spain.