Few of my fellow Obama supporters understand what's happening outside of their own circle of friends and families. But Democrats can't win an election by thinking that all voters have the information that we have.
To his credit, Zapatero is downplaying McCain's remarks and chalking it up to the "election process." However, Spanish pride being what it is, the people and media of Spain aren't letting this pass quietly.
This gaffe would seem to have very significant implications. Not knowing who the leader of Spain was or thinking Spain was in Latin America would not really be shocking coming from his running mate, but McCain has run on his foreign policy expertise.