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) â€“ For the second time in two days, John McCain has referred to current events in â€œCzechoslovakiaâ€ â€“ a country that officially ceased to exist in January of 1993.
â€œAnd I regret some of the recent behavior Russia that has exhibited, and Iâ€™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,â€ said the presumptive Republican nominee at a New Mexico town hall Tuesday.
More than fifteen years ago, Czechoslovakia officially split into two nations â€“ the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
On Monday, the Arizona senator made virtually the same statement about recent Russian moves that troubled him, citing that countryâ€™s attempt to reduce â€œthe energy supplies to Czechoslovakia.â€
Later that evening, McCainâ€™s campaign sent reporters a statement on the issue, which quoted the Arizona senator calling the nation â€œthe Czech Republicâ€ 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 â€œregret some of the recent behavior that Russia has exhibitedâ€¦including reduction in oil supplies to Czechoslovakia.â€
The presumptive Republican presidential nominee said something similar in Phoenix a few days earlier. â€œI 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,â€ McCain said.
The McCain campaign sent a transcript correcting the problem, substituting references to Czechoslovakia with the Czech Republic.