Desperate Democrats willing to throw Obama under the bus to push Russia story

Noah Rothman:
At the root of the Democratic Party’s attacks on Donald Trump’s Russia policy is a crippling contradiction. The logic of their assault on Trump’s posture toward Moscow leads the observer to conclude that Democrats believe Trump should act more aggressively to avenge Vladimir Putin’s attack on American sovereignty in 2016. It follows, then, that the president’s predecessor failed in his most sacred charge: defending the United States from the designs of foreign adversaries.

If Trump’s most prominent liberal critics on the matter of Russia hope to maintain their credibility, they must cleanse themselves of their hypocrisy. In the pursuit of atonement, some prominent Democrats are starting to throw Barack Obama under the bus. “We Dems erred in ’12 by mocking Boot/Romney Russia worry,” declared Hillary Clinton’s former press secretary, Brian Fallon, last week. Jon Favreau, a former speechwriter for Barack Obama, agreed. “I’m willing to say that in 2012 when we all scoffed at Mitt for saying that, gee, Russia was our number one geopolitical foe, think we were a little off there.”

These cracks in the dam portend a torrent, and some liberal partisans won’t allow them to grow without mounting a response. It is through this lens that New York Times reporter Jeremy Peters’s effort to tar “the conservative movement” with the stain of pro-Putinism must be viewed.
There is much more.

The charge that the conservatives are pro-Putin is absurd. They may be willing to contrast his effectiveness with that of Obama, but that is not the same as backing him. I suspect this is just another left-wing attempt to tar political opponents with a charge that is insulting to their intelligence.


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