Bad news: Russia not terribly fond of Romney

posted at 9:01 am on July 3, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Okay, okay, I admit it: I led with the bad news.  The good news?  Alexey Pushkov, a key ally of Vladimir Putin and chair of the Duma’s foreign-policy committee, pronounces Barack Obama to be an “acceptable” partner for Russia.

Admit it … this makes you feel better about Mitt Romney:

Alexey Pushkov, chairman of the international affairs committee of the State Duma, said in a recent interview that Russian leaders have noted Romney’s comments with concern, and are watching with interest as neoconservative and “realist” advisers maneuver for influence within the campaign.

“We don’t think that for us Romney will be an easy partner,” said Pushkov, an ally of President Vladimir Putin. “We think that Romney will be, on the rhetorical side, a replay of the Bush administration.”

He also noted Romney’s statements that the United States should assert its dominance in the 21st century.

“If he is serious about this, I’m afraid he may choose the neocon-type people…In the first year of his presidency, we may have a full-scale crisis,” he said.

The catalyst for this attitude was Romney’s statement that Russia is the “number one geopolitical foe” of the US, which I believe is incorrect — but not because the Russians are great friends of the US, either.  Our primary geopolitical foe at the moment is Iran, and it has been for some time.  Russia ranges from economic competitor to diffident anti-proliferation partner, occasionally flipping to antagonist in central Asia and far-eastern Europe.  But Iran clearly wants to damage if not destroy the US along with Israel, and has conducted a low-level hot war against us since the 1979 sacking of our embassy in Tehran.

The problem here is that Russia has been an obstacle rather than a friend in dealing with the mullahs.  Putin has fallen back into the Great Game, when the stakes now are no longer empire but nuclear terrorism.  China is equally a problem in the same regard, and Romney hasn’t had kind words to say about Beijing either in this campaign, although usually in the form of trade issues.

Even Obama doesn’t get terribly high marks from Pushkov.  He’s not been impressed with the “reset” pronounced by Hillary Clinton and Sergei Lavrov, and insists “it needs another reset.”  Don’t worry, Alexey; Obama will have “more flexibility” after the election.  Didn’t Dmitri Medvedev transmit that to you?

All of this sounds oddly familiar to Politico’s James Hohmann.  “It’s a blast from the past that sounds reminiscent of what the Soviets said about Ronald Reagan in 1980,” Hohmann writes in the e-mail Morning Blast.  How well did that work out for Russia?  And how impressed will American voters be by Russia’s declarations of relative acceptability between Obama and Romney?  Not much, I’d guess.


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Like I could give a flip what the failed land of bloody Bolshevism thinks about anything?

MelonCollie on July 3, 2012 at 9:13 AM

Thank you! As someone who had family battle the Russians and saw their brutality first hand, I appreciate the sentiment.

Deanna on July 3, 2012 at 10:31 AM

I echo the sentiment that this is an excellent endorsement for Romney.

Flora Duh on July 3, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Flora, great find, thanks! In fact, I’ll repeat it here

Communist Party USA Says Re-electing Obama is “Absolutely Essential

Eren on July 3, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Not to worry, they’ll quickly become friends as we learn the art of Findlandization. Why? Half the nation is already comfortable with an autocratic government style and won’t tolerate any risky attempts to stop more of the same.

Don L on July 3, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Monkeytoe on July 3, 2012 at 10:19 AM

You mean you don’t want what Russell Brand wants?

LevinFan on July 3, 2012 at 10:33 AM

By the way, are those boogars Putin is licking off his fingertips?

jaime on July 3, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Naturally, Putin would prefer the current pandering, wimp that’s in Oval Office.

rplat on July 3, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Here, have some FUD.

mojo on July 3, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Do not give trinkets to a potential enemy and do not give away a highly technical defense system used by an ally. Respect; not like or KA.

democratsarefools on July 3, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Of course the traitor in the white house is acceptable to Russia. He will weaken the U.S. defenses and help destroy the US and Russia won’t have to lift a finger.

jqc1970 on July 3, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Russia not terribly fond of Romney

Translation: Putin’s file on Romney is ‘boring’ and useless.

On the other hand, his file on Obozo…

CPT. Charles on July 3, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Putin likes Øbama ’cause he’s easy.

petefrt on July 3, 2012 at 10:46 AM

A resume’ enhancement.

TimBuk3 on July 3, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Well, it’s easy then. We should suspend all U.S. elections and let Russia determine our leader, as to not disrupt their delicate sensibilities.

Imagine the money we would save on elections and what a great relationships we’ll have with all the other countries, excluding Israel…of course. This is a no brainier and while we are add it, we can shred what’s left of our constitution and let whomever Russia decides to be our leader be the King of the land.

Man, this just keeps getting easier as I write it. Pppssssstttttt There’s a reason the Kremlin fell. Let’s get back to those days and maybe we can pick their new leader. One without a background in actual torture , which he carried out personally. November 6. 2012 JUDGEMENT DAY!!! Don’t Miss It!!

Tbone McGraw on July 3, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Russia is experiencing “loss of empire” and is yet unable to comprehend that they are no longer the counter-balance to the US in the world.

The dynamic in Russia is that there is anti-Americanism there among most of the classes, except for the young people and intelligentsia.

Comments such as these will be popular among Russians – 1) making them feel like a superpower, 2) talking smack about America.

When it comes down to actually doing business behind the scenes and away from the press, the relationship should be more productive.

AlexB on July 3, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Remember this, about Russian money in little Bammie’s 2008 campaign? Latest Wikileaks Dump Shows Dems Effort to Throw 2008 Election

slickwillie2001 on July 3, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Putin just likes The One because he’s a Burger King man (have it your way) and who will never back up his words with meaningful action.

Putin doesn’t like anyone who tells him he can’t have something his way and then actually does something about it.

Of course, that is also be the definition of a bully.

EdmundBurke247 on July 3, 2012 at 11:01 AM

The endorsements from the world’s most ardent antagonists and the rest of the dregs of society indicating their deep desire for a Barack Obama reelection really are ringing endorsements for Romney. Even Vlad Putin is so feverish over Obama possibly not being reelected that he makes veiled threats.

It has got to be Mitt Romney in 2012. Obviously, it is imperative.

FlatFoot on July 3, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Good! Any enemy of your enemy should is a friend to me.

ArtVandelay on July 3, 2012 at 11:02 AM

The “crisis” being Romney isn’t as “flexible” on missile defense as Obama is.

Yakko77 on July 3, 2012 at 11:02 AM

What the hell do you neocons have against Russia? That it’s a bully in its neighborhood? That it’s autocratic? Well there’s tons of regimes like that.

flawedskull on July 3, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Putin is just reinforcing another reason to vote Barry out. Putin would much rather deal with a eunuch with “more flexibilty” than a business man who knows how deals are actually made in the best interests of those he is sworn to represent.

volsense on July 3, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Russia’s growing Muslim population will keep Vladimir Putin busy with things Vladimir Lenin never had to contend with.

I’m pretty sure Western nations with growing Muslim populations have kept and will keep everyone busy with things none of them, and us, thought they’d have to contend with.

Putin likes Øbama ’cause he’s easy.

Cause they share a similar political ideology. I’d rather Russia feel about our president as the USSR did about Reagan.

hawkeye54 on July 3, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Wow, If the Ruskies and the Chinese aren’t crazy about Romney, that means Mitt is the right for the oval office, IMHO.

Rick013 on July 3, 2012 at 11:20 AM

All the more reason to vote for Romney!

rjoco1 on July 3, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Putin played odumbo like a fiddle in Cabo and the Messiah had no clue!

rjoco1 on July 3, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Putin likes Øbama ’cause he’s easy.

petefrt on July 3, 2012 at 10:46 AM

…and he goes down all the way…

right of the dial on July 3, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Wow, If the Ruskies and the Chinese aren’t crazy about Romney, that means Mitt is the right for the oval office, IMHO.

My guess is we won’t be seeing Romney bow down at the feet of or whisper sweet words of “flexibility” to certain foreign leaders either….at least I hope not.

hawkeye54 on July 3, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Who woulda thought? A socialist/commie who disagrees with a capitalist! What a revelation!

bugsy on July 3, 2012 at 11:31 AM

After Obama’s comment regarding his being ‘more flexible after the election’ please tell Vladimir… I thought it was OBVIOUS that Russia OF COURSE preferred the oh so cooperative and supine Obama who, after all, has said repeatedly through his surrogates that he is merely ‘managing the United States in decline’.

I’ll be voting for Romney… and this nations preeminence in the world… and I’ll be doing all that I can to persuade everyone else to vote for Romney and the United States, too.

thatsafactjack on July 3, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Well darn, by all means let’s get someone that Putin approves of, oh yeah, he and Obama seem to understand each other,

RockyJ. on July 3, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Isn’t that cute. Russians yammering on as though anyone actually cares what they think about American politics.
Bless their evil little hearts.

Of course the Russians ‘support’ d’ohbama over Romney. Lil barry’s already demonstrated his willingness to roll over for them.

Solaratov on July 3, 2012 at 11:41 AM

My reluctant decision to vote for Mittens is trending less distasteful all the time.

SKYFOX on July 3, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Yeah, like we’ll sink your lousy navy.

Akzed on July 3, 2012 at 9:26 AM

BOTH boats?!!? Harsh, man.

(Their aircraft carrier is about to sink on its own, anyway.)

Solaratov on July 3, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Yea Putin, Romney didn’t promise that he’d have more flexibility to kiss your arse in his second term. Sounds like a ringing endorsement for Romney to me. The liberal d-bags will certainly lick up that info though.

jaimo on July 3, 2012 at 12:01 PM

Aw, because we care SO much about what this douchebag putin thinks, right?

He’s as much of a pussy as ozombie is. They’re made for each other. They should just get it over with and have a my little pony sleep over where they can go shirtless and mount each other all night long.

Wolfmoon on July 3, 2012 at 12:02 PM

What a transparent hoot!
Mad Vlad Putín wants to make sure that the man-child in mom-jeans is re-elected so that the Яooskees can continue to roll him six ways from Sunday.
NEVER forget the comment, off mike, made by President SmartPower:

Here’s how ABC’s Jake Tapper puts it:

At the tail end of his 90 minute meeting with Russian President Dmitri Medvedev Monday, President Obama said that he would have “more flexibility” to deal with controversial issues such as missile defense, but incoming Russian President Vladimir Putin needs to give him “space.”
The exchange was picked up by microphones as reporters were let into the room for remarks by the two leaders.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/obama-caught-on-hot-mic-tells-russian-pm-hell-have-more-flexibility-after-my-election/

What I DO know is that Mittens is as big a wimp as the P-in-C. Neither one of them know diddly about the military or foreign relations.
IF Willard will take on the Яooskees, he’ll get one point on my 10-point scale.
Not enough, Willard.
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on July 3, 2012 at 12:06 PM

FU Vlad. There will be someone whose not a squish in the WH next January.

No more kissing dictator ass or bowing to rag heads and the ChiComs.

Get over it. Get used to it.

RWRFAN on July 3, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Isn’t about time for Putin to go off to that great roundup in the sky?

SC.Charlie on July 3, 2012 at 12:08 PM

They said the same thing about all Republican administrations since Reagan made them look like buffoons. Russia is terrified of anyone who will stand up to them.

Mr. Grump on July 3, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Putin not liking him is high praise indeed

krome on July 3, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Putin not liking him is high praise indeed

krome on July 3, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Romney knows what’s up. An American president should never be liked by the Vlad Putins of the world.

cicerone on July 3, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Not to worry, they’ll quickly become friends as we learn the art of Findlandization. Why? Half the nation is already comfortable with an autocratic government style and won’t tolerate any risky attempts to stop more of the same.

Don L on July 3, 2012 at 10:32 AM

True. What the Finns did during the Winter War and the 1918 War was all for nothing thanks to leaders who are pro-Russian and Communist(although they claim they’re not.) That and many Finns enjoy their Socialism although not quite as much as Sweden. That’s why my family left and many still do.

Deanna on July 3, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Wouldn’t want to do anything to upset Putin, especially since Obumbo has turned our military into a bankrupt Islamic apologist Police force. For those of you that live under the illusion that it is the Police Forces’ job to prevent crime…wake up. The Police are there to try and arrest perps, there must be a crime already committed. Oh, I almost forgot the most important jobs the Police have–writing tickets, protecting the Courts, traffic control, Jailers, and forcing you honest citizens to obey their Laws!

aposematic on July 3, 2012 at 12:37 PM

And how impressed will American voters be by Russia’s declarations of relative acceptability between Obama and Romney? Not much, I’d guess.

Yeah, but this isn’t the same country it was in 1980 either. I doubt ‘most voters’ will even notice…or are even aware that Russia doesn’t have our best interests at heart.

AUINSC on July 3, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Yeah, I can see why the Ruskies don’t like Mit. Better the porker you know, and already have bent over a barrel.

GarandFan on July 3, 2012 at 12:39 PM

“If he is serious about this, I’m afraid he may choose the neocon-type people…In the first year of his presidency, we may have a full-scale crisis,” he said.

This must be Putin’s Joe Biden.

tdarrington on July 3, 2012 at 12:42 PM

That’s because Mitt is going to sic Bolton on the world scene. A man in the know, he will use stern and cunning diplomacy when dealing the Soviets.

jake49 on July 3, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Russia’s growing Muslim population will keep Vladimir Putin busy with things Vladimir Lenin never had to contend with.
I’m pretty sure Western nations with growing Muslim populations have kept and will keep everyone busy with things none of them, and us, thought they’d have to contend with.

hawkeye54 on July 3, 2012 at 11:19 AM

That’s why Putin’s not a problem but in 20 years, if we make it that far, when the Russian Army is fully HALF Muslim and Europe is as well, we’re gonna wish for the calm days of an Obama administration.

Cleombrotus on July 3, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Really? What do I care if Putin likes Romney? This is just plain silly.

BetseyRoss on July 3, 2012 at 1:04 PM

correctly guess Putin’s first name.

itsnotaboutme on July 3, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Comrade?

davidk on July 3, 2012 at 1:10 PM

No one bends over and takes it like Obama…He is primed at all times for Put-in…
Romney, NOT SO MUCH

Delsa on July 3, 2012 at 1:16 PM

if we make it that far, when the Russian Army is fully HALF Muslim and Europe is as well, we’re gonna wish for the calm days of an Obama administration.

If WE make it that far, our Army may well be fully 3/4 muslim and LGBT. How’s that for wishing for the calmer days of now.

hawkeye54 on July 3, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Question is, will Mitt ride a horse shirtless too?

AshleyTKing on July 3, 2012 at 1:37 PM

“conservative hero” mittens aint…the crack addicts (aka mittbots) are just smoking a bit more to keep up the illusion that mittens is a conservative..mittens don’t fit…he must quit!

Pragmatic on July 3, 2012 at 9:31 AM

I’m no mittbot, but I can see the benefit to voting for Romney over Obama when Putin declares Obama his new bff and Romney is enemy. Pragmatic? Not hardly.

totherightofthem on July 3, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Sure sounds like the CHECK POTUS musta slipped to Putin musta cleared the bank-o (even if it was (and IS) monopoly money)

Katfish on July 3, 2012 at 1:40 PM

ALL of our enemies, both foreign and domestic, are campaigning for Obama because they know his policies will be our ruin.

Voluble on July 3, 2012 at 1:59 PM

hawkeye54 on July 3, 2012 at 1:22 PM

You got THAT right.

Cleombrotus on July 3, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Remember this, about Russian money in little Bammie’s 2008 campaign? Latest Wikileaks Dump Shows Dems Effort to Throw 2008 Election

slickwillie2001 on July 3, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Somehow I missed this story. More to come. I can hardly wait.

WND’s coverage of it: Wikileaks reveals Democrat 2008 election crimes

petefrt on July 3, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Another reason to be voting Anybody But 0bama.

ProfShadow on July 3, 2012 at 2:46 PM

I wouldn’t call Iran I greatest foe, simply because the bulk of Irans bad behavior is largely being enabled by Russia. If Russia weren’t there offering them cover, Iran would presumably be far less willing to press things.

I will agree that within the next few years, Iran is likely to be our most pressing immediate foreign policy problem. That isn’t quite the same thing as being our most prominent foe however.

WolvenOne on July 3, 2012 at 3:36 PM

I’m late to this thread, I see. What the hang, I’ll still chipped in my two cents:

HEY VLADIMIR ! ! ! YOU . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

The rest of this comment has been pre-emptively deleted by user, to save his Hotair posting privileges.

listens2glenn on July 3, 2012 at 8:22 PM

listens2glenn on July 3, 2012 at 8:22 PM

Lol! That’s awesome, man.

MelonCollie on July 4, 2012 at 8:51 AM

Vladimir is vastly overrated as a leader, in my opinion. Yeah, he can murder reporters, poison dissidents, and keep himself in power like no one else, sure. However, his narcissism is off the charts, easily on par with Obama. Seriously, Vlad, keep your damn shirt on. Not impressed.

And what kind of a moron works to give religious fanatics who HAVE CONDUCTED ATTACKS ON HIS OWN COUNTRY access to nuclear weapons? Didn’t have enough theaters and schools blowing up, Vlad? Trying to get your entire country blown to bits for an encore? And all so he can re-enact the Cold War. What a maroon.

R. Waher on July 4, 2012 at 9:16 AM

When Obama screwed the Eastern Europeans in favor of “good” relations with Putin… that is when Russia became the most important enemy again.

Obama made Russia a danger to all the world, once again.

I seriously doubt Mitt will look in Putin’s eyes and see a Christian. It takes more than eye contact to impress Mormons of your devotion to Jesus Christ. Faith without works is dead.

petunia on July 4, 2012 at 12:40 PM

“If he is serious about this, I’m afraid he may choose the neocon-type people…In the first year of his presidency, we may have a full-scale crisis,” he said.

It takes two to have a crisis, tovarisch.

JimC on July 4, 2012 at 11:36 PM

Neocon == code for ‘Jooos’.

Who says anti-semitism isn’t alive and well in Europe?

blindside on July 5, 2012 at 3:49 PM

They said the same stuff about Reagan …

Who would trust the Russians?

tarpon on July 5, 2012 at 4:11 PM

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