Medvedev to Romney: Tone down the Hollywood cliches, comrade

posted at 2:30 pm on March 27, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

It didn’t take long for Russian President Dmitri Medvedev to respond to Mitt Romney’s assertion that his country is the “number one geopolitical foe” of the US.  Medvedev told American presidential candidates to “check their clocks,” as the year is 2012 and “not the mid-1970s”:

Romney clarified his statement yesterday by defining the “foe” remark as separate from “threat,” as Allahpundit predicted last night.  While Romney says that a nuclear-armed Iran and/or North Korea represents the biggest threat to the US, Russia “aligns” itself with these bad actors.  That’s certainly true; Russia has blocked sanctions efforts on Iran, at least, for years.  They also sent “anti-terrorist troops” to Syria this month to back up Iranian ally Bashar Assad in Syria, a deliberate thumb in the eye to NATO, which had called for Assad to step aside and to stop firing on demonstrators.  Russia is certainly not an ally, even if they’re not the binary opponent they were in “the mid-1970s.”

However, China also blocks sanctions against Iran, and hasn’t provided much cooperation on Syria, either.  Economically, China is a much more worrisome force, although they’re also one of our biggest creditors, a situation that the Obama administration has made worse through its massive deficits.  And whatever else one can say about Russia or China, I’m pretty sure that they’re not running assassination rings inside the Beltway as the Iranians have done.

Attempting to trade missile defense to gain political advantage in the election is bad no matter with which country Obama makes that deal, but we shouldn’t overplay the hand by taking the focus off of Obama’s naked manipulation of national security for his own electoral purposes.  That hand will be powerful in the 2012 elections, The Hill writes:

Republicans used an unscripted remark by President Obama on Monday to label him as someone who could easily change his positions if he wins reelection.

In doing so, they sought to turn the tables on the White House, which had pounced on comments an aide to GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney made about the general election being akin to an Etch A Sketch toy.

BuzzFeed reports that Democrats are already panicking over the quote:

President Barack Obama today shrugged off an overheard private conversation with Russian President Dimitri Medvedev in which he suggested he’d be more “flexible” on missile defense after his re-election.

But the frantic Democratic reaction to his comments, and an intense effort to turn a presidential gaffe into a partisan food-fight, belies the official White House dismissal of the incident. …

Obama’s remark has already prompted outrage from Republicans, who asked what other deals with foreign leaders are being kept from the American people. The Republican National Committeereleased a video asking “what else is on Obama’s agenda after the election that he isn’t telling you?”

But Republicans and the Romney campaign see the Democratic response as a short-term effort to what will be a long-term problem for Obama. His promise of more flexibility to Russia — still the subject of much distrust by the American public who grew up during the Cold War — is easy fodder for an October attack ad. And his comment plays into the latest Republican lines of attack — that he’s a typical politician who is going to unleash his inner-most liberal if reelected.

That line of attack was already on the GOP plate, but Obama provided the ammunition all by himself.  There’s nothing more powerful than having a short, punchy video clip that validates the worst of what opponents have to say about a candidate.  It attacks Obama on the basic trust needed to woo voters, and it’s going to do a lot of damage — as long as the focus remains on Obama.


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He must be use to calling the president “comrade” by now.

aniptofar on March 27, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Ed said:

And whatever else one can say about Russia or China, I’m pretty sure that they’re not running assassination rings inside the Beltway as the Iranians have done.

There is good reason to be skeptical of that story. Shades of WMD in Iraq.

Jon0815 on March 27, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Suck it Medvedev.

Anyone over 30 knows the Cold War. Anyone with a brain realizes it never really ended.

CorporatePiggy on March 27, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Medvedev to Romney: Tone down the Hollywood cliches, comrade

Yeah, that whole Georgia invasion, natural gas hostage taking, Libya and Syria propping up is just your imagination.

cozmo on March 27, 2012 at 2:34 PM

The news is Medvedev is treating Romney as a president.

John the Libertarian on March 27, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Well unlike your country medvedev, we have the 1st here in the US. At least for the time being if bho and team ‘allows’ it?
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letget on March 27, 2012 at 2:35 PM

He’s just sticking up for his “Comrade” aniptofar!

KOOLAID2 on March 27, 2012 at 2:35 PM

It attacks Obama on the basic trust needed to woo voters, and it’s going to do a lot of damage — as long as the focus remains on Obama.

Which means we are going to be hearing a lot more about Trayvon Martin.

Happy Nomad on March 27, 2012 at 2:38 PM

The news is Medvedev is treating Romney as a president.

John the Libertarian on March 27, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Yep!

SouthernGent on March 27, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Putin longs to make Russia into the re-birth of the old USSR.

Bitter Clinger on March 27, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Two words, Ronald Reagan.

The Bear is still there and the KGB is still in charge.

And Russia still has perhaps the worlds largest cache of gold and still owes us a lot of money.

Speakup on March 27, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Didn’t McCain also talk smack about Russia and Putin back in 2008?

Doughboy on March 27, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Those Commies do stick together, don’t they?

catmman on March 27, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Medvedev Putin to Romney: Tone down the Hollywood cliches, comrade

Fixed that for you, Ed. The puppet only speaks when directed by his master.

JPeterman on March 27, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Russians are now the enemy?

liberal4life on March 27, 2012 at 2:40 PM

The Russians have gotten used to giving orders to an American president over the past 3 years. Probably just letting Romney know who’s really in charge in case Comrade Barack doesn’t get that second term.

sdd on March 27, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Medvedev should look at their record on world peace and their UN record before saying it is 2012 instead of 1972. Their ambitions are still the same as they were 40 years ago. Romney hit the nail on the head! Otherwise Medvedev would have ignored this. Romney’s approach to Russia is the same as Reagans to the USSR 30 years ago.

lhuffman34 on March 27, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Fluke you, Obama, Medvedev and liberal3life.

Lookie here

Schadenfreude on March 27, 2012 at 2:42 PM

This was not very well handed by Romney.

The focus shouldn’t have been on Russia but on the duplicity of Obama. Russia isn’t our main threat; to be sure, they’re an irritant and the Obama Administration has allowed Putin to walk all over us.

Instead of talking about Russia, Romney should have emphasized how the American people simply can’t trust what Obama tells them.

Beat Obama and then worry about Moscow.

SteveMG on March 27, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Medvedev to Romney: Tone down the Hollywood cliches, comrade
Yeah, that whole Georgia invasion, natural gas hostage taking, Libya and Syria propping up is just your imagination.

cozmo on March 27, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Agreed. Russia is arming the very people killing our troops right now. Credit where credit is due, Romney called a spade a spade. Too bad Medvedev’s feelings got hurt. Of course he’s thrilled with Owebama, he’s caved in on almost everything Russia has wanted.

Minnfidel on March 27, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Fluke you, Obama, Medvedev and liberal4life.

Lookie here

Schadenfreude on March 27, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Schadenfreude on March 27, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Russians are now the enemy?

liberal4life on March 27, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Silly you, of course not. Go back to your dolls dear.

cozmo on March 27, 2012 at 2:42 PM

John the Libertarian on March 27, 2012 at 2:35 PM

That was what I noticed too- world leaders are responding to his comments, already? Romney seems to be the type that does a lot of things under the radar, meaning he does not announce his moves or whom he is talking to, he just quietly gets stuff done. I wonder how many world leaders that are allies of the United States he is talking to quietly?

Kristamatic on March 27, 2012 at 2:43 PM

And whatever else one can say about Russia or China, I’m pretty sure that they’re not running assassination rings inside the Beltway as the Iranians have done.

Yes. They are more subtle so they don’t have huge thumbprints on everything. They get the Iranians to do it as they are clumsy and directs attention away from them. Why get one’s hands dirty when some easily manipulated idiot will do it and take the blame.

Romney did the right thing. Absolutely nothing wrong with forcing the press to talk about it and baiting Medvedev to comment on it only makes it impossible to ignore.

Well done, Romney. Anyone else think that a long primary that forces Romney to work for it has been a bad thing?

kim roy on March 27, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Here’s a BIG surprise… Medvedev is supporting Obama! Russia isn’t use to being called out by American Presidents at least recently. Maybe O can apologize for Mitt if he hasn’t done so already.

BobScuba on March 27, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Russians are now the enemy?

liberal4life on March 27, 2012 at 2:40 PM

They are the second most powerful nondemocratic regime in the world, after China. And they don’t behave like friends.

Jon0815 on March 27, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Of course he’s thrilled with Owebama, he’s caved in on almost everything Russia has wanted.

Minnfidel on March 27, 2012 at 2:42 PM

I’m still trying to come up with something Obama hasn’t caved on.

But, Romney/Santorum/Gingrich is as bad as Obama!

cozmo on March 27, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Medvedev is just Putin’s potted plant puppet poodle. Kind of like Obama is the same for Soros.

VorDaj on March 27, 2012 at 2:44 PM

It attacks Obama on the basic trust needed to woo voters, and it’s going to do a lot of damage

At this point, any person sufficiently delusional, dim witted, or masochistic enough to still support President Obama for re-election is probably not going to be swayed by this latest evidence of his duplicity.

Hopefully, though, it will help motivate those who are already committed to his exit to re-double their efforts to un-elect him.

MessesWithTexas on March 27, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Russians are now the enemy?

liberal4life on March 27, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Since the rise of Putin, YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bitter Clinger on March 27, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Kind of like Obama is the same for Soros.

VorDaj on March 27, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Like liberal4life is for Obama…all sheep on the plantation, the fools.

Schadenfreude on March 27, 2012 at 2:45 PM

If Santorum’s response to the NYT reporter was intemperate, so was this. On the other hand, maybe they both have a point.

Nom de Boom on March 27, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Ed, don’t be naive, Russia is the great enabler for the Iranians. They aid anti-American efforts wherever they can.

Rusty Allen on March 27, 2012 at 2:45 PM

They Lyncher-in-Chief must be gone.

VorDaj on March 27, 2012 at 2:46 PM

It’s 2012 Russia and you are still a cliche. And China is going to take over some your ex-Republics and you won’t be able to do crap.

Oil Can on March 27, 2012 at 2:46 PM

They hate our freeedum.

KeninCT on March 27, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Yes. They are more subtle so they don’t have huge thumbprints on everything. They get the Iranians to do it as they are clumsy and directs attention away from them. Why get one’s hands dirty when some easily manipulated idiot will do it and take the blame.

Romney did the right thing. Absolutely nothing wrong with forcing the press to talk about it and baiting Medvedev to comment on it only makes it impossible to ignore.

Well done, Romney. Anyone else think that a long primary that forces Romney to work for it has been a bad thing?

kim roy on March 27, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Indeed!!!!!

Bitter Clinger on March 27, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Dang it, what WE need is a president smart enough to bow before foreign leaders!

Warner Todd Huston on March 27, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Like liberal4life is for Obama…all sheep on the plantation, the fools.

Schadenfreude on March 27, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Liberal4life is Obama’s toe jam.

VorDaj on March 27, 2012 at 2:47 PM

What is it Herman Cain said? “Peace through strenth.”

John the Libertarian on March 27, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Since the rise of Putin, YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bitter Clinger on March 27, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Huh?! Are you a “Gen44er”?

cozmo on March 27, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Me seems to remember some awfully hostile rhetoric coming from Putin’s piehole while he was “running” for reelection. But they want us to tone it down??

http://www.lignet.com/InBriefs/Russia-Putin-Campaigns-on-Promise-of-Military-Buil

WryTrvllr on March 27, 2012 at 2:48 PM

President Obama is passing secret messages to Putin through sweet-nothing whisperings to Medvedev? The two Russians must be laughing out loud at this pathetic joke of a President and his pathetic, continuous string of foreign policy goof-ups. Please American voters: deliver us from this disastrous buffoon.

stefano1 on March 27, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Shut up Medvedev and tell your leader ‘Putin’ to stick it.

Redford on March 27, 2012 at 2:48 PM

They hate our freeedum.

KeninCT on March 27, 2012 at 2:46 PM

As much as you hate your inability to get a date.

cozmo on March 27, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Russians are now the enemy?

liberal4life on March 27, 2012 at 2:40 PM

When did they ever stop being one?
- backing Saddam Hussein
- backing Iran
- backing Syria
- Georgia (the country, not the US State by Florida)
- I could go on, but I’m doing laundry (more important)

Please let the rest of us know when you’ve pulled your head out of the sand…

“Gulf of Tonkin. GOOGLE it!”

Khun Joe on March 27, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Huh?! Are you a “Gen44er”?

cozmo on March 27, 2012 at 2:47 PM

I’m a lot older than that. What, you think Putin is some great guy?

Bitter Clinger on March 27, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Attempting to trade missile defense to gain political advantage in the election is bad no matter with which country Obama makes that deal, but we shouldn’t overplay the hand by taking the focus off of Obama’s naked manipulation of national security for his own electoral purposes.

Spot on, Ed. Particularly when it is a country that, for the last 10+ years, has had to punch above its weight (heh) and attempt to reestablish its presence as a superpower. What better way for them to do that than to have Obama simultaneously weaken our policy for his piss ant reelection campaign, and open the door for Medvedev to do Obama’s dirty work for him (a job he is happy to perform gratis).

Moreover, Russian agents WILL be involved in helping Obama’s reelection campaign–they’ve done it before and will be involved again. I mean, they are counting on Obama upholding his promise, just if they give him a lil’ space, right?

ted c on March 27, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Well done, Romney. Anyone else think that a long primary that forces Romney to work for it has been a bad thing?

kim roy on March 27, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Nope, not a bit. I’m glad that Romney has taken plenty of body shots up until this point, the big leagues are here early for him.

ted c on March 27, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Like liberal4life is for Obama…all sheep on the plantation, the fools.

Schadenfreude on March 27, 2012 at 2:45 PM

The thermometer is going lower, more than it went higher before
Time there was warmth and plenty, but that cup soon runneth no more
Though we could not caution all, we still might warn a few
Dont lend your hand to raise no flag atop no Ship of Obama Fools

Ship of Obama Fools on a cold cruel sea
Ship of Obama Fools sail away from we.
It was later than we thought, when we still might have had some hope as you
Now we can no longer share your delusions, Ship of Obama Fools

Cheshire Cat on March 27, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Instead of talking about Russia, Romney should have emphasized how the American people simply can’t trust what Obama tells them.

Beat Obama and then worry about Moscow.

SteveMG on March 27, 2012 at 2:42 PM

He is not going to do that. It will be 2008 all over again. He won’t even try to lay a glove on the O.

katy the mean old lady on March 27, 2012 at 2:51 PM

I’m a lot older than that. What, you think Putin is some great guy?

Bitter Clinger on March 27, 2012 at 2:49 PM

No, I’m thinking back to at least 1932. Long before Putin was even born.

cozmo on March 27, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Have Medvedev and Putin started their own pro-Obama PAC yet?

farsighted on March 27, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Medvedev does Putin’s and Obama’s dirty work.

nice.

ted c on March 27, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Russians are now the enemy?

liberal4life on March 27, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Shouldn’t you be in school?

Buttercup on March 27, 2012 at 2:53 PM

From the Land of Barren comments their Puppet aka Stock President. I bet the Obumbler has already apologized for us…again…and again…and again!

Tbone McGraw on March 27, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Keep the focus on fear leader!

cmsinaz on March 27, 2012 at 2:54 PM

I’m a lot older than that. What, you think Putin is some great guy?

Bitter Clinger on March 27, 2012 at 2:49 PM

I stand up for my country unlike that sissy boy muslim you got. You should be so lucky if you had me for your President.

PootyPoot on March 27, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Russians are now the enemy?

liberal4life on March 27, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Russia has always been the enemy. They just got a little side tracked in the late 80′s due to bad management and some true warriors.

See Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, Vaclav Havel, Lech Wałęsa for further information.

JPeterman on March 27, 2012 at 2:55 PM

What is it Herman Cain said? “Peace through strenth.”

John the Libertarian on March 27, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Joke right???

WryTrvllr on March 27, 2012 at 2:55 PM

No, I’m thinking back to at least 1932. Long before Putin was even born.

cozmo on March 27, 2012 at 2:52 PM

After the fall of the Soviets, I think Yeltsin truly wanted to make Russia into a more Western-like nation. Once Putin arrived, the return of Bad Russia was ensured.

Bitter Clinger on March 27, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Shouldn’t you be in school?

Buttercup on March 27, 2012 at 2:53 PM

They don’t teach history in school anymore.

CorporatePiggy on March 27, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Absolutely nothing wrong with forcing the press to talk about it and baiting Medvedev to comment on it only makes it impossible to ignore.

kim roy on March 27, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Yep. Medvedev doen’t give a rip about Trayvon. Flashy object oxygen deprivation despite the media’s best efforts.

a capella on March 27, 2012 at 2:56 PM

If he bows and apologizes now, what will he do if reelection isn’t a problem?

Cindy Munford on March 27, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Shouldn’t you be in school?
Buttercup on March 27, 2012 at 2:53 PM
Spring break.

Rusty Allen on March 27, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Russia is considerably more a threat to the US than China. The Leaders in China rightly recognize that their economic growth, indeed their well being, hinges on American economic and financial stability. Tell the Chinese to use our bonds for wallpaper and their economy explodes into 10x the numbers of ghost cities that exist today. The Russians are no threat economically. they are hardly in the same league. But they possess, other than the USA, the world’s only intercontinental nuclear delivery system with the capacity to devastate a continent. Their leaders have openly pined for a return to the time when the USSR or the Russia of the Czars was viewed with awe bordering on fear. They have attacked a small neighbor. Sought to kill the president of the Ukraine. Undercut efforts to reign in nations that have openly vowed to do harm to either israel or the United States. They have used their natural gas to blackmail Europe and have made the nations of Eastern Europe from Stettin on the Baltic to Trieste on the Adriatic feel great unease about their future sovereignty. Russia is, as Romney said, America’s number one GEOPOLITICAL adversary.

xkaydet65 on March 27, 2012 at 2:57 PM

I stand up for my country unlike that sissy boy muslim you got. You should be so lucky if you had me for your President.

PootyPoot on March 27, 2012 at 2:54 PM

No thanks. Don’t want either one of you as my Prez.

Bitter Clinger on March 27, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Medvedev to Toonces: I’ve got your back, champ.

MNHawk on March 27, 2012 at 2:57 PM

I read an article within the past year which said that Putin or Medvedev would prefer that Obama get’s reelected. My google powers fail me though.

OxyCon on March 27, 2012 at 2:58 PM

I stand up for my country unlike that sissy boy muslim you got. You should be so lucky if you had me for your President.

PootyPoot on March 27, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Heh. AP, is that you?

a capella on March 27, 2012 at 2:58 PM

They hate our freeedum.

KeninCT on March 27, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Why do you mock our freedom? Is that a side effect of virginity?

NapaConservative on March 27, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Russia has always been the enemy. They just got a little side tracked in the late 80′s due to bad management and some true warriors.

JPeterman on March 27, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Try for the mid to late 90′s. When the US gave them lots of cash to clean themselves up.

After the fall of the Soviets, I think Yeltsin truly wanted to make Russia into a more Western-like nation. Once Putin arrived, the return of Bad Russia was ensured.

Bitter Clinger on March 27, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Yeltsin was a nice new collar for that bear…collars don’t last long. And it was only on the surface.

cozmo on March 27, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Seems to me that the fix is in:

Obama asks Medvedev for a deal.

Medvedev says OK.

Romney calls out Russia for backing the bad actors on the world stage.

Medvedev chastises Romney, giving tacit backing to Obama.

And thus, step one in helping Obama is complete.

susietwo on March 27, 2012 at 2:59 PM

I read an article within the past year which said that Putin or Medvedev would prefer that Obama get’s reelected. My google powers fail me though.

OxyCon on March 27, 2012 at 2:58 PM

That’s obvious. Putin knows he can play Obama like a violin.

I am very disappointed that GWB let himself get conned by Putin.

Bitter Clinger on March 27, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Anyone else think that a long primary that forces Romney to work for it has been a bad thing?

kim roy on March 27, 2012 at 2:43 PM

“The important thing is to establish a political climate of opinion which will make it politically profitable for the wrong people to do the right thing.” — Milton Friedman

farsighted on March 27, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Romney should release Obama/Putin 2012 hoodies.

Rusty Allen on March 27, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Yeah, that whole Georgia invasion, natural gas hostage taking, Libya and Syria propping up is just your imagination.

cozmo on March 27, 2012 at 2:34 PM

this is exactly right…in Europe they were ready to give him/them (Putin/the Russians) the benefit of the doubt and they cut energy (yeah, mainly gas) deals with them, the idea being that there was going to be a long time economic/energy partnership and that they would put behind the cold war mindset and all…right, what happened next?? First time the Russians and the Europeans (see the example of Germany and Ukraine) didn’t see eye to eye on whatever political issue, what did Putin/Russians do, they started blackmailing the Europeans and threatened that they’d stop the gas supply in the middle of winter. And guess what? They kept their promise, they weren’t just bluffing, they did cut the gas to Ukraine and left a whole population in the cold in the middle of a harsh winter…that’s Putin and the Russians for you…they have no loyalty, no allegiance, no true allies, their foreign politics is all about posturing, theatrics, bluffing, and then temporarily allying themselves with all the bad guys out there to create mischief (mainly for the US) and to make a quick buck…only a complete idiot, completely detached from this reality like 0, can actually cut deals with Putin and reduce and debilitate our missile defence system to please that thug…but then Clinton sold us to the Chinese, why not Russia having a piece of our missile defence system info….

jimver on March 27, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Aw, the truth hurts, doesn’t it Medvedev?

Dark Star on March 27, 2012 at 3:03 PM

After the fall of the Soviets, I think Yeltsin truly wanted to make Russia into a more Western-like nation. Once Putin arrived, the return of Bad Russia was ensured.

Bitter Clinger on March 27, 2012 at 2:55 PM

in a nutshell, yes…

jimver on March 27, 2012 at 3:04 PM

Joke right???

WryTrvllr on March 27, 2012 at 2:55 PM

;)

John the Libertarian on March 27, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Well, let’s see:

Russia blocks UN action on Syria and then sends troops to Syria.

Russia supports the Iranian nuclear program and has a mutual defense treaty with Iran designed specifically to protect that nuclear program.

Russia promised Saddam in Iraq that it would not “allow” the US to invade and was responsible for Saddam not allowing UN inspectors which would have avoided a war.

Russia has sent military weaponry to Venezuela.

Russia attacked Georgia.

I probably wouldn’t have used “foe” but I certainly would have had no problems with the word “rival”.

crosspatch on March 27, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Later:

Obama, “So, Dmitri, my fundraising is down. In return for cancelling all US and NATO missile shields after the election, could you now get a stack of prepaid credit cards and start sending donations to my website? The cardcheck is switched off again. Call Hamas in the Gaza Strip for details on how to set up a phone bank. Thanks.”

Wethal on March 27, 2012 at 3:09 PM

This was not very well handed by Romney.

The focus shouldn’t have been on Russia but on the duplicity of Obama. Russia isn’t our main threat; to be sure, they’re an irritant and the Obama Administration has allowed Putin to walk all over us.

Instead of talking about Russia, Romney should have emphasized how the American people simply can’t trust what Obama tells them.

Beat Obama and then worry about Moscow.

SteveMG on March 27, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Oh, but Romney’s focus was on how the American people can’t trust what Obama says & how troubling it was that Obama can’t tell the American people something to do with Russia/missles/etc. before the election. The MSM & the ABRomney’s are the ones who latched onto Romney’s FACTUAL characterization of Russia as our no. 1 geopolitical foe — insisting on parsing it & debating whether Russia is no. 1 or no 2, and for the love of God WHAT ABOUT CHINA!!!! — to pull the focus away from Obama.

Thanks for doing your part to help Obama get out of this, comrade. /

Dark Star on March 27, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Iran to Russia to Obama: “thanks, couldn’t have done it without you.”

Rusty Allen on March 27, 2012 at 3:11 PM

Ha! I misread the headline and thought Michael Medved was complaining about Mitt’s Godfather comment.

And whatever else one can say about Russia or China, I’m pretty sure that they’re not running assassination rings inside the Beltway as the Iranians have done.

I wouldn’t be so sure about that. Maybe not “inside the beltway” but ruthless doesn’t begin to describe the Russian government.A shocking number of journalists have been murdered, crimes unsolved. Like, Paul Klebnikov:

During a study of international fraud-detection homicide which compared fraud detection homicide cases from the United States of America against fraud detection homicide cases from the former Soviet Republic the murder of Paula [sic] Klebenikov illustrated a case of a contract killing of a journalist known to expose fraud in governments. At the time of his murder, he was thought to be investigating complex money laundering fraud scheme involving Chechen reconstruction projects. The investigation appears to reveal that Klebnikov had discovered that the fraud reached deep into the centers of power in the Kremlin, elements involving organized crime, and also the former KGB, which is now known as the FSB.[16]

and-

The brutal murder on 7 October 2006 of Novaya Gazeta journalist Anna Politkovskaya, known for her critical reporting on the conflict in Chechnya in which she sought to expose human rights abuses, was yet another reminder to Russian journalists that violence awaits those who investigate or criticise. It is estimated that 21 journalists have been killed since Russian President Vladimir Putin came to power in March 2000. In the great majority of cases, no one has been convicted and sentenced for the murders.

And remember that bizarre radiation poisoning case in the U.K.? Trying to recall the details…

Buy Danish on March 27, 2012 at 3:11 PM

How would the MSM feel if it were Romney instead of Obama who made the comment over a hot mike? “Don’t worry Dimitri. I’m only talking tough to get elected. Once president I will HAVE MORE FLEXIBILITY and will willingly be your ‘bitch’.”

The fact that Obama made this comment to Medvedev shows him to be duplicitous. The fact that Obama made such a comment to a puppet and not Russia’s true leader (Putin)show him to be ox dumb and incompetent to handle foreign affairs.

MaiDee on March 27, 2012 at 3:11 PM

Russians are now the enemy?

liberal4life on March 27, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Oh to be so stupid. You can always tell the college age kids these days when they utter something so ignorant.

They hate our freeedum.

KeninCT on March 27, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Then we get this gem from another resident troll.

I miss crr6.

D-fusit on March 27, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Buy Danish on March 27, 2012 at 3:11 PM

polonium

WryTrvllr on March 27, 2012 at 3:13 PM

The cardcheck is switched off again. Call Hamas in the Gaza Strip for details on how to set up a phone bank. Thanks.”

Wethal on March 27, 2012 at 3:09 PM

lol :-) what a more perfect way for Putin Mafia and their associates to launder some money :-)…

jimver on March 27, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Buy Danish on March 27, 2012 at 3:11 PM

Ed used the not as bad as Iran line because he puts his support of santorum over world politics. He didn’t want to give Mitt credit for being right.

Rusty Allen on March 27, 2012 at 3:14 PM

They hate our freeedum.

KeninCT on March 27, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Why do you mock our freedom? Is that a side effect of virginity?

NapaConservative on March 27, 2012 at 2:59 PM

I swear Ken must have gotten the big email ban warning from the administrators. It’s been as timid as a kitten in its comments and although no less annoying, almost civil in a way. Can trolls be tamed?

hawkdriver on March 27, 2012 at 3:17 PM

“Russian president suggests Romney use reason, head”
What could be more appropriate than the puppet president of the chief communist state joining with the incompetent socialist president of the US (who is his partner in disarming America) in attacking the latter’s rivals !

TeaPartyNation on March 27, 2012 at 3:18 PM

I probably wouldn’t have used “foe” but I certainly would have had no problems with the word “rival”.

crosspatch on March 27, 2012 at 3:07 PM

It’s getting harder and harder to identify common interests with the Soviets Russians — that is, the fascist Putin/Medvedev Gang. There must be some, but at the moment I can’t think of any other than that old mutual acquaintance, MAD.

OTOH, it’s getting easier and easier to identify US interests where they are in active opposition.

farsighted on March 27, 2012 at 3:19 PM

And remember that bizarre radiation poisoning case in the U.K.? Trying to recall the details…

Buy Danish on March 27, 2012 at 3:11 PM

And lets not forget about that plane carrying the President of Poland and half of his staff that crashed in Russia.

Pilot error my butt.

JPeterman on March 27, 2012 at 3:20 PM

I swear Ken must have gotten the big email ban warning from the administrators. It’s been as timid as a kitten in its comments and although no less annoying, almost civil in a way. Can trolls be tamed?

hawkdriver on March 27, 2012 at 3:17 PM

The Gay Fairy of HotAir just switched to seagull tactics – drops in on a thread, poops on everyone, and flies away. Do not mistake lack of care for civility.

Archivarix on March 27, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Ed used the not as bad as Iran line because he puts his support of santorum over world politics. He didn’t want to give Mitt credit for being right.

Rusty Allen on March 27, 2012 at 3:14 PM

‘not as bad as Iran’, just because the Russians never put (all) their cards on the table and they reserve the rights to create troubles universally…that is to whatever nation (but we know who is their fave target), whenever they please…in reality, probably they did more harm and caused us losing more money this past 2 decades since the end of the Cold War than Iran would ever dream of…so,Romney is right, Ed is dead wrong on this…oh, well, blame it on partisan politics…

jimver on March 27, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Medvedev to Romney: Tone down the Hollywood cliches, comrade

“…or I must break you.”

29Victor on March 27, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Ed used the not as bad as Iran line because he puts his support of santorum over world politics. He didn’t want to give Mitt credit for being right.

Rusty Allen on March 27, 2012 at 3:14 PM

You’d imagine that a thread like this would have most commenters rallying around the Conservative POV and shill a little less. But nope, within just a few comments you find yourself in the middle of another Anti-Ed, Anti-Santorum, Whine-Tasting Party.

hawkdriver on March 27, 2012 at 3:24 PM

The new Axis of evil is Russia according to Willard

liberal4life on March 27, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Can trolls be tamed?

hawkdriver on March 27, 2012 at 3:17 PM

At best only temporarily. Otherwise they wouldn’t be trolls. It’s their reason for being. What fun is there in being a troll if you do not or cannot troll, deliberately disrupt, and then enjoy the show?

farsighted on March 27, 2012 at 3:25 PM

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