Isn't McCain's big-time can't-possibly-question-his-chops-on-this strength based on his military experience? Then how could he get this one wrong? From the Anchorage Daily News (by way of Editor and Publisher):
I also know, if I might remind you, that she is commander of the Alaska National Guard. In fact, you may know that on Sept. 11 a large contingent of the Alaska Guard deployed to Iraq and her son happened to be one of them. So I think she understands our national security challenges...Of course in reality Palin's son is in the Army, not the National Guard. Does the formerly honorable John McCain understand how the armed forces are constituted? He seems to think that it was her command decision to send her son's unit to Iraq.
If you think this is no big deal imagine what would happen if, say, a presidential candidate from the Democratic Party were to make such a gaffe.