Czechoslovakia

I’m not one of these liberal guys who says, “I like and respect John McCain,” but truly can’t stand him. I actually like and respect McCain, and when John Kerry considered him as a VP candidate four years back, I was all for it.

That said, he’s too old. I hate to say such a thing, because I like old people. Yeah, sometimes they smell of moth balls or stale M&Ms, but that’s really only because the seniors I know forget to check their pockets for moth balls or stale M&Ms. Hey, it happens.

Anyhow, the following is a lede from today’s news, and it sort of speaks for itself. I’ve already noted that McCain doesn’t use a computer which is, at best possible face, quaint. But when the non-computer-using presidential candidate starts screwing up the IDs of long-defunct nations, uh, well, y’know. Check the dude’s pockets for melted sugary goodness …

(CNN) – For the second time in two days, John McCain has referred to current events in “Czechoslovakia” – a country that officially ceased to exist in January of 1993.

“And I regret some of the recent behavior Russia that has exhibited, and I’ll be glad to talk about that later on including reduction in oil supplies to Czechoslovakia after they agreed with us on a missile defense system, etcetera,” said the presumptive Republican nominee at a New Mexico town hall Tuesday.

More than fifteen years ago, Czechoslovakia officially split into two nations – the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

On Monday, the Arizona senator made virtually the same statement about recent Russian moves that troubled him, citing that country’s attempt to reduce “the energy supplies to Czechoslovakia.”

Later that evening, McCain’s campaign sent reporters a statement on the issue, which quoted the Arizona senator calling the nation “the Czech Republic” twice.


In a townhall meeting held Tuesday in Alburquerque, N.H., John McCain mistakenly referred to current events in Czechoslovakia, a country that ceased to exist in 1993 after separating into the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

McCain expressed “regret some of the recent behavior that Russia has exhibited…including reduction in oil supplies to Czechoslovakia.”

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee said something similar in Phoenix a few days earlier. “I was concerned about a couple of steps that the Russian government took in the last several days. One was reducing the energy supplies to Czechoslovakia,” McCain said.

The McCain campaign sent a transcript correcting the problem, substituting references to Czechoslovakia with the Czech Republic.

2 thoughts on “Czechoslovakia”

  1. I appreciate your rushing to the defence of Slovakia like this. Do you think he may really have meant Slovenia? When I lived in Slovakia I was constantly being asked about the war there.

    I’m also hereby putting in my bid for your free book with “Pass the Dutchie.”

  2. He is a Uniter (dont even know if thats a word) maybe he is trying to make those two countries one again. But yea he is old, and whats with the picture of the old guy, is that like that oldest guy in the world? Cause that Dude is straight up scary

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