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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Bad news: Russia not terribly fond of Romney

He should look into their eyes and see their soul RIGHT NOW!!!

:P

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on July 3, 2012 at 9:03 AM

Hmmmm…Russia likes 0bama and doesn’t like Romney.

Uh, I know who I’m votin’ for.

cozmo on July 3, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Is Putin looking more like Pelosi these days or what?

tim c on July 3, 2012 at 9:04 AM

But of course. They dearly want us to be saddled for another 4 with this limp-wristed prezzy.

8thAirForce on July 3, 2012 at 9:04 AM

I’m sure the Soviet Union was more fond of Carter than Reagan too.

wildcat72 on July 3, 2012 at 9:05 AM

…neither am I…so what?

Pragmatic on July 3, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Russia…doesn’t like some off-shore jobs?

Who knew?

Electrongod on July 3, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Romney won’t bend over….

mcra99 on July 3, 2012 at 9:06 AM

He should look into their eyes and see their soul RIGHT NOW!!!

Yeah I remember whenBush said that.I do think Putin at least respected or maybe even feared Bush. Not so much Obama…

sandee on July 3, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Russia not terribly fond of Romney

no problem for me…

of course they want mr push me around obama…

cmsinaz on July 3, 2012 at 9:06 AM

another reason to vote for Romney

geramy2012 on July 3, 2012 at 9:06 AM

It’s probably because Obama is so dreamy with his shirt off.

taternuggets on July 3, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Vote for Mother Russia! Obama 2012!

BKennedy on July 3, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Translation…Obama is a pussy and and a pushover…

- Putin

PatriotRider on July 3, 2012 at 9:07 AM

If you were the Russians, which would you want? The lap dog you know or a new dog that’s going to be hard to train.

TXUS on July 3, 2012 at 9:08 AM

…neither am I…so what?

Pragmatic on July 3, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Bless your heart, you’re so predictable and not pragmatic at all.

cozmo on July 3, 2012 at 9:09 AM

……..whaaaaaat?…Romney is not as flexible?

KOOLAID2 on July 3, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Pushover…

PatriotRider on July 3, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Well that’s about 10,000 pluses in Romney’s column.

gophergirl on July 3, 2012 at 9:09 AM

err, best endorsement ever?

For Romney that is.

smfic on July 3, 2012 at 9:10 AM

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.

There are limits to the whole pipeline leverage. This isn’t my dad’s C.C.C.R., so to speak. And too bad more Americans than Russians have read Dostoevsky’s later stuff. I think Putin was actually in at least one of those novels.

And what’s he doing talking about “neo-cons,” anyway? Does Putin read Hot Air?

It’s all about China, now. Try to find a way to balance the scale with China.

Admit it … this makes you feel better about Mitt Romney

I admit it.

Axe on July 3, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Russia not fond of Romney?

*sniff* *sniff*

Why that just brings a tear to my….

*AHHHH-CHOOOOO*

Damned allergies!

The largest geopolitical foe to the US is in a place called DC.

ajacksonian on July 3, 2012 at 9:11 AM

A vote for Obama is a vote for Russian tyranny.

Philly on July 3, 2012 at 9:11 AM

This alone should get Romney elected.

FineasFinn on July 3, 2012 at 9:12 AM

I guess Obama won’t be flyfishing with his shirt off anytime soon…

…but he’ll probably be riding a kids bike with a girly helmet again on his vacation…

PatriotRider on July 3, 2012 at 9:12 AM

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

Of course Putin wants his puppet back in the White House! We haven’t had a push-over this bad in the Oval Office since Carter.

Browncoatone on July 3, 2012 at 9:14 AM

Bad news: Russia not terribly fond of Romney

Where I come from we call that “The Pucker Factor.”

CurtZHP on July 3, 2012 at 9:15 AM

*Strike Hot Air, mark Huff Po. He’s reading something.

Axe on July 3, 2012 at 9:15 AM

I think history will show Vladimir Putin to be as bad as Vladimir Lenin.

ITguy on July 3, 2012 at 9:15 AM

Romney chalks up another endorsement.

Too bad, Baraky. Goofball.

Cleombrotus on July 3, 2012 at 9:16 AM

“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.

Planning another incursion into Georgia?

RobertE on July 3, 2012 at 9:16 AM

FU Putin.

What’s the matter, Romney not “flexible” enough for you?

That tells you all you need to know about the Smartest President Evah – who killed bin Laden all by himself BTW

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on July 3, 2012 at 9:17 AM

Romney just got a little more Reaganesque.

itsnotaboutme on July 3, 2012 at 9:17 AM

“We don’t think that for us Romney will be an easy partner,” said Pushkov, an ally of President Vladimir Putin.

Comrade Vlad wants an easy, flexible “partner” (aka wimp) he can flex his muscles against. Like Brezhnev preferred Carter to Reagan.

But if Pushkov comes to Shove-kov, WE would prefer Romney holding down the fort.

Steve Z on July 3, 2012 at 9:17 AM

All Romney needs to do is promise to be more flexible with Russia after his election.

jaymil on July 3, 2012 at 9:17 AM

“We don’t think that for us Romney will be an easy partner,” said Pushkov.

Yes, Romney probably won’t be as big a pushover for the Russians as the dreamy Barry Obama has been.

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

And my guess is the vast majority of voters will never even hear that the Russians prefer the weak-kneed Obama to Romney, because the MSM will never tell them.

AZCoyote on July 3, 2012 at 9:18 AM

It’s probably because Obama is so dreamy with his shirt off.

taternuggets on July 3, 2012 at 9:06 AM

BLEH!

Sue Doenim on July 3, 2012 at 9:19 AM

I think history will show Vladimir Putin to be as bad as Vladimir Lenin.
ITguy on July 3, 2012 at 9:15 AM

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

Cleombrotus on July 3, 2012 at 9:20 AM

CPUSA Says Re-electing Obama is “Absolutely Essential”

A writer for the Communist Party USA says that “…re-electing Obama is absolutely essential,” and warns that “divisions among Democrats and a potential wave of bad economic news can combine to threaten President Obama’s reelection.”

Marxist John Case, who writes for various CPUSA publications, has written a piece, “The danger of a Romney election,” for the party publication People’s World, which warns that “Re-electing Obama is not sufficient to bring economic recovery or even relief to our people. Only a different class configuration in political power can do necessary minimum reforms to give us a chance. But re-electing Obama is absolutely essential.

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

And my guess is the vast majority of voters will never even hear that the Russians prefer the weak-kneed Obama to Romney, because the MSM will never tell them.

AZCoyote on July 3, 2012 at 9:18 AM

ding ding ding

cmsinaz on July 3, 2012 at 9:20 AM

And how impressed will American voters be by Russia’s declarations of relative acceptability between Obama and Romney?

Most American voters couldn’t find Russia on a map, name its capital city, or correctly guess Putin’s first name.

itsnotaboutme on July 3, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Romney just got a little more Reaganesque.

itsnotaboutme on July 3, 2012 at 9:17 AM

lol — he really did! At least until Gary Johnson shows up here in a minute.

Axe on July 3, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Our primary geopolitical foe at the moment is Iran, and it has been for some time.

And Iran supports Syria which is also defended diplomatically by Russia. Vlad is looking for a place to be important again and Obama is one of his facilitators. If Obama was running for butt boy of the world he would win in a walk.

DaveDief on July 3, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Any fan of Obama is an enemy of mine.

hillsoftx on July 3, 2012 at 9:22 AM

If you were the Russians, which would you want? The lap dog you know or a new dog that’s going to be hard to train.

TXUS on July 3, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Heehee…you said “dog” :)

Sue Doenim on July 3, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Hmm Putin likes Obama and Netanyahu likes Romney. I wonder which guy should get my vote.

GOPRanknFile on July 3, 2012 at 9:24 AM

It’s probably because Obama is so dreamy with his shirt off.

taternuggets on July 3, 2012 at 9:06 AM

He & Vlad are coming out* with a calendar after the election. The theme: flexibility.

*bad choice of words?

itsnotaboutme on July 3, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Putin likes the way Obama bends over and grabs his ankles, er, Obama’s flexibility.

I don’t get it. How can this race even be close?

Wake up, America.

Sorry to pray for economic misfortune, but I do hope we continue to get more bad news–continuation of the current news–through October. Maybe that will convince low-information voters that it’s time to boot Obama.

BuckeyeSam on July 3, 2012 at 9:25 AM

“In the first year of his presidency, we may have a full-scale crisis.”

Yeah, like we’ll sink your lousy navy.

Akzed on July 3, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Bad news: Russia not terribly fond of Romney

Remind me again of how many electoral votes Russia has?

Is it a swing state?

Fxxx them, should have nuked their xxx long time ago.

patch on July 3, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Pity. I’ve always dreamed of teaming up with Russia against China.

Mr. Prodigy on July 3, 2012 at 9:26 AM

It’s amazing how Mittens is slowly becoming a conservative hero. Amazing when you think about where he was in January.

Notorious GOP on July 3, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Most American voters couldn’t find Russia on a map, name its capital city, or correctly guess Putin’s first name.

itsnotaboutme on July 3, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Throw a dart at a map and you’ve got a decent chance of finding it.

Mr. Prodigy on July 3, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Remember the last election when Biden was saying that we would have a crisis within the first six months of Obama’s term? These countries would try to push Obama around. Guess they learned pretty quickly they could do it without having a crisis, didn’t they?

Night Owl on July 3, 2012 at 9:28 AM

mittens has no spine…putin may not be fond of him but he sure isn’t AFRAID of him

by the way, mittens only bends over for liberals

Pragmatic on July 3, 2012 at 9:29 AM

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

Why should it make me feel better about Mitt Romney? His statement about Russia was absolutely foolish as are people who defend it.

ninjapirate on July 3, 2012 at 9:29 AM

@buckeyeSam, I’m win ya. I hope gas is $5 a gallon and unemployment is 10% or more on election day. If it takes even more suffering for librards to see the light I’m all for it. I hope he fails, in every way!

Doomsday on July 3, 2012 at 9:30 AM

I’m pretty sure Russia also preferred Carter to Reagan.

Costa on July 3, 2012 at 9:30 AM

“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

Russia does’nt dictate to me who I should vote for. Romney.

Cherokee on July 3, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Obama being endorsed by a communist and former head of the KGB…nice…

I’m sure the liberals a real proud…

PatriotRider on July 3, 2012 at 9:31 AM

mittens don’t fit…he must quit!

Pragmatic on July 3, 2012 at 9:31 AM

You are a dumbsh!t.

MelonCollie on July 3, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Please to be voting for Comrade Obama as president of Inited Socialist State of Amerika! (Red Army chorus in the background.)

Little Boomer on July 3, 2012 at 9:33 AM

I’m sure the Soviet Union was more fond of Carter than Reagan too.

wildcat72 on July 3, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Matter of fact, IIRC, that was one of the arguments against Reagan that the media trotted out at the time. Something along the lines of the Soviets were terrified of Reagan and electing him would cause them to act irrationally so we should re-elect Carter so they would remain stable … or something.

Lost in Jersey on July 3, 2012 at 9:34 AM

Remember how Obama was going to bring us all together in a big Global Kumbaya? All our left wing foes love us more, and all our right leaning former allies wonder why we are leaving them.

Same thing within the USA, we are more divided than ever before.

ninjapirate on July 3, 2012 at 9:29 AM

So please defend your vote for Obama on this front.

kirkill on July 3, 2012 at 9:35 AM

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

Briefly.

Fallon on July 3, 2012 at 9:36 AM

You are a dumbsh!t.

MelonCollie on July 3, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Best comment ever

gophergirl on July 3, 2012 at 9:36 AM

So the guy who performed military exercises in Alaska prefers Obama, gee I wonder why? Must be that he prefers flexible Presidents.

txmomof6 on July 3, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Pragmatic on July 3, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Ed, how many times are you going to allow this flamethrower to pull this crap before sending it a “strongly worded letter?”

Flora Duh on July 3, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Romney just got a little more Reaganesque.

itsnotaboutme on July 3, 2012 at 9:17 AM

lol — he really did! At least until Gary Johnson shows up here in a minute.

Axe on July 3, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Reagan was a pothead?

Akzed on July 3, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Lost in Jersey on July 3, 2012 at 9:34 AM

Always the same skit. Literally, in the case of sketch comedy.

1. Stupid.
2. Dangerous with respect to foreign policy.
3. Religious fanatics (if possible).
– and –
4. Stupid.

Axe on July 3, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Obama kicks our allies in the crotch and gives tongue baths to our enemies, of course Russia would rather have a corrupt and incompetent Democrat in charge who they can push around.

NoDonkey on July 3, 2012 at 9:40 AM

“I can see manipulate the White House from my backyard.”

- Vladimir Putin

Flora Duh on July 3, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Best comment ever

gophergirl on July 3, 2012 at 9:36 AM

And it even rhymes! \;-}

MelonCollie on July 3, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Romney won’t bend over….

mcra99 on July 3, 2012 at 9:06 AM

And he won’t bow down!

Bambi on July 3, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Vladimir Putin’s favorite concubine, Alina Kabaeva, is a gorgeous Russian gymnast. Perhaps Vlad really loves flexibility in whom he shags.

Archivarix on July 3, 2012 at 9:43 AM

Actually I have a great deal of understanding toward Putin. Do we really want to make Africa “safe” for Democracy? Do we really want to go fight more wars to sell “our” way of life while we import millions more unassimilable aliens? Do we really want to be on the side of the muslims against Christians in another war, only to then have those same muslims spit in our faces again? How is that “Arab Spring” working out?

Bulletchaser on July 3, 2012 at 9:43 AM

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

A lot actually.

BigGator5 on July 3, 2012 at 9:43 AM

Amazing how these Marxist statists always seem to think this crap is “persuasive”. Americans typically don’t respond well to threats and intimidation. Liberals of course, do, but they are also not the ones that need to be persuaded to vote against Romney.

Mr Galt on July 3, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Gosh, some of you idiots must be working for the white house. You are so foolish with your statements.
If Romney is not conservative enough for you, it is helping to bring more independents into the republican tent because they see obama as an idiot. (whoops used that word already, oh well).

Bambi on July 3, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Any dictator who says they prefer Obama over Romney pretty much has answered the question as to who WE should be voting for in November………and it ain’t the former.

pilamaye on July 3, 2012 at 9:47 AM

The bear prefers an economically devastated and compliant America? Who knew?

Speakup on July 3, 2012 at 9:48 AM

They are used to a grovelling Marxist that wants to remain in power and serve their agenda. Of course they don’t like Romney.

Hening on July 3, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Go Romney!

Kim Priestap on July 3, 2012 at 9:51 AM

When writing your headlines you should take into account that
they might be used as fodder for the left.

Amjean on July 3, 2012 at 9:52 AM

The extreme libertarians here use arguments against Romney because they know that a 2nd Obama term will fully legalize drugs, and that’s what most of them need.

kirkill on July 3, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Best comment ever

gophergirl on July 3, 2012 at 9:36 AM

And it even rhymes! \;-}

MelonCollie on July 3, 2012 at 9:41 AM

That was the best part!! :)

Sue Doenim on July 3, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Kim Priestap on July 3, 2012 at 9:51 AM

It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated, but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.

:)

Axe on July 3, 2012 at 9:54 AM

Kim Priestap on July 3, 2012 at 9:51 AM

“There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want, merely because you think it would be good for him” – Robert Heilein

:)

kirkill on July 3, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Obama caught on OPEN MIKE: “I’ll have more flexibility after the election”.
Then Putin imitates Joe Biden (noted Foreign Affairs Expert) who predicted, there will be a crisis in the first 6 months of his (Obama) administration. Collusion?? Hmmm…………..

Herb on July 3, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Putin likes how Obama bends over.

WiRichey on July 3, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Obama being endorsed by a communist and former head of the KGB…nice…

I’m sure the liberals a real proud…

PatriotRider on July 3, 2012 at 9:31 AM

The stupid part is, they probably are.

ORconservative on July 3, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Bad news: Russia not terribly fond of Romney?

Well, isn’t that special.

coldwarrior on July 3, 2012 at 10:09 AM

I don’t ever want the President that Russia or China wants. I don’t even want the President that France or Germany prefer.

In fact, I don’t even want the President that England prefers.

It always amazes me that liberals so desperately want all of those nations to like us. Sure, give them everything they want, to the detriment of US interests, and they’ll like us just fine. Which is why they of course prefer Obama.

Not that I care much about it either way anymore. With the recent supreme court ruling and obamacare in place, the US is pretty much done. It’s just a matter of time before we are Greece in terms of world and economic power.

Monkeytoe on July 3, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Bad news: Russia not terribly fond of Romney

This is almost as good as Osama bin Laden supporting John Kerry. Same thing.

Communists and terrorists always prefer the democratics.

jaime on July 3, 2012 at 10:22 AM

The stupid part is, they probably are.

ORconservative on July 3, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Yep. Example#1…

…neither am I…so what?

Pragmatic on July 3, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Deanna on July 3, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Communists like Smart Power.
So do terrorists.

Thank goodness the adults are in charge.

CorporatePiggy on July 3, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Whomever the Communists fear most is my guy.

mitchellvii on July 3, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Tell Vlad that I’ll have more flexibility after my re-election.

petefrt on July 3, 2012 at 10:31 AM

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