Here's one of those great campaign stories that hits all the requisite anti-McCain memes:
1. He's too old and confused
2. He's pig-headed and can't admit when he fucks up
3. He's a liar
4. The people around him are morons
5. He has a recklessly expansive view of who our "enemies" are
Although the story itself is too complex and nuanced to get into the McCain narrative directly through soundbites, the campaign's hilarious response has done some serious damage to his image amongst the scions of the elite media, who have always been his head cheerleaders, and who have been jumping ship lately at an alarming (for McCain) rate. In the words of John Aravosis, at the sublimely titled Americablog:
What's going on is that McCain is so egotistical and so reckless that he'd rather risk major damage to our relationship with a lead US ally than admit that he misheard a series of questions during an interview. Somebody is seriously paranoid about giving voters any impression that his mind is slipping. And that only makes us wonder all the more if it is.