Truly Terrifying

It’s next to impossible to keep up with all the flubs that the McCain campaign commits on a regular basis.  Seriously, you need an army of bloggers, or, potentially, an infinite number of monkeys typing non stop from now to November 4th.

Chances are, they’ll come up with a McCain or Palin transcript decades before they’ll work out a script of Hamlet.

Now, this little misstep can either be a lie, or something that is truly and completely terrifying.  The following is a partial transcript from an NPR interview earlier today.  Note that the bold was provided by the source and not me:

NPR: Given what you’ve said Senator, is there an occasion where you could imagine turning to Governor Palin for advice in a foreign policy crisis.

MCCAIN: I’ve turned to her advice many times in the past, I can’t imagine turning to Senator Obama or Senator Biden cuz they’ve been wrong, they were wrong about Iraq, wrong about Russia…

NPR: But would you turn to Governor Palin?

MCCAIN: I certainly wouldn’t turn to them, and I’ve already turned to Governor Palin particularly on energy issues and I’ve appreciated her background and knowledge on that and many other issues.

NPR: Does her energy qualification extend to the international energy market?

MCCAIN: Of course. Of course. That’s what it’s all about. It extends to a broad variety of issues from her worldview to threats that we face, to radical Islamic extremism, to specific areas of the world. I’m very proud of her, and proud of the knowledge and background that she has.

Now John Aravosis rightly I think points that this is in all likelihood one big fat lie.  McCain claims to have turned to Palin “many times in the past,” but as we all know, McCain’s known Palin for a month indicating that there simply isn’t enough time in the past in which “many times” could occur.

But here is where it gets truly terrifying.  What if McCain is telling the God’s honest truth here?  What if he really has turned to Palin many times in the past?  Normally, when you say many times in the past, we’re talking about many times stretched out over the course of years and years.  Thus, I can say I turned to my wife for financial advice many times in the past, but considering we’ve been married for eleven and a half years, and dated for a year more than that, that would still imply that I consider her an advisor, but I have also been able to prove that I could, you know, pull money out of an ATM without getting my hand caught in the money dispenser (actually, this isn’t the case, I’m dreadful with money, and wouldn’t put it past myself to actually get my hand caught in the ATM.  This is just a hypothetical folks).

But that’s not what we’re talking about here.  We’re talking about many times over a month.  That would lead one to believe that over the course of this last month, McCain has been absolutely clueless, so clueless that he’s had to consult his running mate, who only got her passport a year ago, frequently.

And the funny thing is, we know this isn’t out of the realm of possibility, not from a man who couldn’t remember if Spain was our ally, or had to have Joe Lieberman correct him right in the middle of delivering a statement.

So lie, or a recognition of a gross deficit in knowledge regarding world affairs.  Either way, it’s not good.

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