Brit Hume tries to dismiss McCain's misstatements on the Iran/al Qaeda connections as a "senior moment" for McCain.
I think it’s probably just a blip, but it was a bigger blip than he wanted or needed at the time. I think the overall impression of the trip was this is a man welcomed by, knowledgeable of and comfortable with foreign leaders across a big part of the globe. But the mistake, nonetheless, raises questions not about his knowledgability—we all kinda believe he has that—the question, perhaps, about his age, which is an issue. You know, the feeling was not that he’s a dope, didn’t know his way around, that he might have had a senior moment there, and I think that’s unfortunate for him. But I think probably the trip was a net plus.
Once again, ONCE might have been a senior moment. Repeated transgressions does not a senior "moment" make. But even if we give McCain the benefit of the doubt, do you really think raising the spectre of Alzheimer's is a good way to legitimize the candidate before the general election? If he's having four identical "McCain Moments" now, what is he going to be like in 2012?