I just read an absolutely brutal take-down of Putin’s useful idiots on the left. I’m not a hippie-puncher and I don’t think the number of Putin apologists on the left is very large. And of course it’s the Republican party that actually nominated a pro-Putin stooge, not the Democratic party. But Jill Stein, Assange, and some of the commentators at The Nation relation truly disgraced themselves during the last election cycle. There’s no way around that reality.
A lot of the #NeverTrump right is going in that direction too. Eli Lake, Damon Linker, Charles Lane, and others are now screaming about Deep State coups rather than worrying about the fact the White House is quite possibly being run by covert Russian effects.
I understand that there was a lot of paranoid red-baiting that went on in American politics in the past. I don’t see what that has to do with a right-wing dictator interfering in our elections.
I understand that Russia is different from other countries culturally. All the ethnically Russian emigres from Russia that I know revere Putin, even though all are educated, whereas I’ve never met an educated person from, say, Turkey or Iran or Zimbabwe who supported their country’s oppressive regime. And Russia has never had a middle-class, so it is probably generations away from having a western-style democracy.But that doesn’t mean anyone on any side of the political spectrum should we make excuses for a dictator who has had over four dozen journalists assassinated.
Hating the Democratic party is a hell of a drug. I’m surprised that there are democratic socialists who hate Hillary Clinton so much that they’re willing to get into bed with Trump and Putin. I wish I could say I’m surprised that #NeverTrump right hates Democrats so much they are too.
Update. I’m not trying to say that Stein or other pro-Putin stooges have much influence on liberalism in this country or that “Bernie bros” love Putin or something like that. I think that’s completely untrue. Likewise, I don’t think the #NeverTrump people have much influence within the Republican party. I just find the actions of both groups to be remarkably pathetic and transparent.