He’s definitely acting kinda freaky lately. I think this whole deregulate/regulate, pro-worker/pro-corporation, Agents of Intolerance/Jesus rode a dinosaur, Hillary’s a whiner/you’re all sexist, the fundamentals are strong/our economy is in peril stuff has created a Tyler Durden-style schism in the man. If you ask me, he’s about to blow like Vesuvius. One can only hope it’s during his first national debate with Obama.
Especially troubling (even moreso than his increasingly waxy complexion and air of impatient fatigue) was today’s gaffe about Spain. Mr. Foreign Policy seemingly did not know President Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero is an ally, and perhaps even forgot that Spain is in Europe, not Latin America. It would be funny if not so serious.
If there’s something wrong with McCain’s faculties, we need to know it now. Because we can’t afford to have a senile, deranged or otherwise mentally incapacitated leader in the White House. Or another, I should say.
Here’s the transcript. You can listen to it here.
Q: Senator, finally, let’s talk about Spain. If
you are elected president, would you be willing to invite President
Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero to the White House to meet with you?
McCain: I would be willing to meet with those
leaders who are friends and want to work with us in a cooperative
fashion. And by the way, President Calderon of Mexico is fighting a
very, very tough fight against the drug cartels. I am glad we are now
working in cooperation with the Mexican government on the Merida plan.
And I intend to move forward with relations and invite as many of them
as I can, of those leaders to the White House.
Q: Would that invitation be extended to the Zapatero government, to the president himself?
McCain: I don’t, I, you know, honestly, I have
to look at relations, and the situations, and the priorities but I can
assure you I will establish closer relations with our friends, and I
will stand up to those who want to do harm to the United States of
America. I know how to do both.
Q: So you have to wait and see if he is willing to meet with you, will you be able to do it in the White House?
McCain: Well, again, I don’t. All I can tell
you is that I have a clear record of working with leaders in the
hemisphere that are friends with us and standing up to those who are
not. And that’s judged on the basis of the importance of our
relationship with Latin America and the entire region.
Q: Okay, what about you? I’m talking about the President of Spain.
McCain: What about me what?
Q: Okay, are you willing to meet with him if you are elected president?
McCain: I am willing to meet with any leader
who is dedicated to the same principles and philosophy that we are for
human rights, democracy, and freedom. And I will stand up to those that