Opinion: What is it with Czechoslovakia? Now, Sam Nunn blows it


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The other day here we noted that Republican nominee-to-be John McCain keeps referring to the country of Czechoslovakia, which hasn’t existed since 1993.

Now, Sam Nunn, a veteran retired senator and an oft-mentioned Democratic vice presidential running mate with Barack Obama, is doing the same thing.

His reference to the former country, which split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia, was the third mention of Czechoslovakia during campaigning this week. A former chairman of the Senate Armed Forces Committee who could know better, Nunn was on the campaign trail in Indiana with Obama.


‘We in this country are about to, under this government, under the Bush administration, deploy [a] missile defense system in Poland and Czechoslovakia,’ Nunn said. For more details and a pretty funny video, check out our colleague Katie Fretland’s item over on the Swamp.

-- Andrew Malcolm