GOP rep on arm-wrestling Putin: Obama’s ass isn’t the only American one that he’s kicked

posted at 5:21 pm on September 13, 2013 by Allahpundit

Yes, says Dana Rohrabacher, he really did arm-wrestle Putin, back in the early 90s when the thought of serially humiliating the president of the United States on a global stage was still just a glint in the little guy’s eye.

Let’s pick things up with Rohrabacher talking about playing a game of touch football with a delegation of visiting Russian officials, one of which was you know who. Why they did this, I don’t know. Maybe, with the Cold War having ended, they needed an outlet for their mutual residual hostility. Football was the obvious choice.

Wait wait, you skipped ahead. who won that game?

Well it wasn’t us versus them, they played on both teams, and you know we just picked up sides. But we all wound up going to this Irish Times Pub afterwards. And we were having a little bit too much to drink I guess, but anyway we all started arguing about who won the Cold War, etc. And so we decided to settle it like men do when they’ve had too much to drink in the pub.

So we got down to these arm wrestling matches. And uh, I ended up being paired off with Putin! And he’s, uh, he’s a little guy, but boy I’ll tell ya, he put me down in a millisecond. He is tough. It’s just BING you know, muscles are just unbelievable. And so then his bodyguard gets up and this buddy of mine says “Oh, I’ll take him” and my friend put his bodyguard down.

It was good, so, at that moment, you know, he’s a tough guy and he’s supposed to be a tough guy, and that’s what the Russian people want but that’s no reason that we shouldn’t try to work with him.

The bad news? If you treat this anecdote as a metaphor for the past week, America’s just had both of its arms torn off over Syria. The good news? This is bound to give Sylvester Stallone an amazing idea for a sequel to “Over the Top” and/or “Rocky IV.” To think: If Rohrabacher had won that arm-wresting match, Putin would have realized that Russia lost the Cold War and Garry Kasparov might be president today. On sweaty barroom tests of machismo does the fate of the world turn.

Is there no man left from either party who’s willing and able to stand up to Putin and strike a blow for American pride? Perhaps there’s one, my friends. Perhaps … just one:

In a first-of-its kind arrangement, the editors of Russian newspaper Pravda have tentatively agreed to publish a column by Sen. John McCain that will attack the leadership of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The agreement comes one day after Putin criticized the United States in a widely-read column in The New York Times.

“If John McCain wants to write something for us, he is welcome,” Dmitry Sudakov, the English editor of Pravda tells The Cable. “Mr. McCain has been an active anti-Russian politician for many years already. We have been critical of his stance on Russia and international politics in our materials, but we would be only pleased to publish a story penned by such a prominent politician as John McCain.”

That’s from “The Cable,” which e-mailed Pravda last night and basically dared them to run something by McCain after he criticized Putin’s op-ed on Russia’s show. Sudakov, in keeping with Russian propaganda’s tradition of insisting that it’s not propaganda, evidently felt pressured to accept while noting that it already regularly runs columns written by former Reagan-era Treasury official Paul Craig Roberts. Here’s a sample quote from Roberts on his Wikipedia page, in case you haven’t already guessed what makes him appealing to Russian media: “We know that it is strictly impossible for any building, much less steel columned buildings, to ‘pancake’ at free fall speed. Therefore, it is a non-controversial fact that the official explanation of the collapse of the WTC buildings is false.”

Exit question: Which American’s ass will Putin kick next? Judging from this story, smart money is on Kerry’s.


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10 references to Captain KA, or bust.

22044 on September 13, 2013 at 5:25 PM

His first statement after pocketing it:

“I could kill someone with this ring.”

aquaviva on September 13, 2013 at 5:27 PM

I am not surprised.

antisense on September 13, 2013 at 5:29 PM

I am not surprised.

antisense on September 13, 2013 at 5:29 PM

..Putin wears a dress?

“I’ve altered the agreement; pray I don’t alter it again!”

The War Planner on September 13, 2013 at 5:33 PM

Well in the last week Putin rammed his foot up Obama’s rear end Then with that foot still in he rammed his other foot into Kerry until you could see wingtip when Kerry opened his mouth.

Now the Russian Foreign Minister is forging the same path Putin did with Kerry.

This is good info on how we have sent little leaguers to the big show on Syria. By the time our team is done even Assad is going to look like super genius.

I know Lavrov–one day I will write how, it’s funny–and Kerry is no match for him. Kerry, a supercilious dope, who wanted the SecState job as confirmation of his status as a celebrity deep thinker, will find Lavrov a humorless, extremely intelligent, worldly, intensely patriotic Russian nationalist with a deep envy of and resentment for the United States and the West.

http://thediplomad.blogspot.com/2013/09/and-now-we-dither.html

jukin3 on September 13, 2013 at 5:39 PM

after Putin criticized the United States in a widely-read column in The New York Times.

Meh. That’s child’s play. The president of Mexico came to Washington, at the invite of Barky and his America-haters, and bad-mouthed our nation – not Barky, the NATION – right from the well of the House … to the applause of the dem scumbags and Indonesian third-world dog-eaters.

An op-ed in the NYSlimes taking the 84 IQ Indonesian sack of sh!t apart … that’s almost a joke. The Mexican dirtbag came to our Capitol and attacked America, Americans and American states. And Mexico barely even rates third world status, itself.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on September 13, 2013 at 5:40 PM

McLame? I’d rather have Condi Rice write an anti-Russian piece for Pravda. She’d eviscerate them in a heartbeat. I’ll bet McCain’s starts out with “My friends…”

Kafir on September 13, 2013 at 5:40 PM

McCain’s idea is a terrible one. One of Putin’s overarching themes in maintaining control is the lie that the opposition leaders are plants of the American government. It’s obviously stupid to think this SCOAMF has the capability or guts to destabilize Russia, but those beholden to Putin’s media don’t know better… and then comes McCain in to prove Putin’s lie.

This op-ed will do nothing but give Kasparov and Navalny headaches. There’s a reason it’s being permitted in Pravda. McCain doesn’t even see the giant bear trap he’s walking into.

Gingotts on September 13, 2013 at 5:43 PM

Well in the last week Putin rammed his foot up Obama’s rear end Then with that foot still in he rammed his other foot into Kerry until you could see wingtip when Kerry opened his mouth.

Now the Russian Foreign Minister is forging the same path Putin did with Kerry.

jukin3 on September 13, 2013 at 5:39 PM

It’s a gang rape of JFKerry. Lavrov might even penetrate kerry with the OVERCHARGED button Shrillary gave him.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on September 13, 2013 at 5:44 PM

Sorry OT BUT….

Heads up everybody, but not a surprise.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/09/12/Cantor-may-change-up-congressional-calendar-to-push-amnesty-for-illegal-aliens

MontanaMmmm on September 13, 2013 at 5:46 PM

More capitulation…

President Obama will not insist on a United Nations resolution threatening to use force to ensure that Syria lives up to its commitment to turn over chemical weapons, but will seek other tangible consequences for Syria if it does not comply, senior administration officials said Friday.

Although Mr. Obama reserves the right to order a punitive military strike on his own without United Nations backing if Syria reneges, the officials said he understood that Russia, because of its veto power in the Security Council, would never allow a resolution that authorized such a use of force…

And, the political pratfalls continue…

Resist We Much on September 13, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Все ваши базы принадлежат нам.

Axe on September 13, 2013 at 5:51 PM

Mitt Romney wasn’t man enough to do it, so Putin took King Choom to the woodshed. Ok by me.
(Sarah could have done it, still can)

vityas on September 13, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Resist We Much on September 13, 2013 at 5:43 PM

RWM, you’re the best!! Have a great weekend.

Deano1952 on September 13, 2013 at 5:53 PM

Insane McVain is the LAST person who should be writing an op-ed for Russian consumption. ‘Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran!’ will reinforce every bad thought Putin put into his op-ed, which has also received wideplay there. Of course, he’s too vain and naive to realise it.

Resist We Much on September 13, 2013 at 5:55 PM

Deano1952 on September 13, 2013 at 5:53 PM

TY! You, too!

Resist We Much on September 13, 2013 at 5:55 PM

Pic of the Day: ManBoobs v MomJeans

Resist We Much on September 13, 2013 at 5:43 PM

i.e. don’t look if you don’t have eye bleach, like me

22044 on September 13, 2013 at 5:55 PM

Juan McCain? Great.

Once Putin is done w Kerry, can he move on to Hillary? How disheartening that we need a mini-dictator from an unfriendly country to challenge our leaders. This one party system sucks.

“Rocky IV

It’s Friday, so we’ll cut you some slack since we know that you know it’s Rocky VI, or technically VII. But let’s not give Stallone any ideas for another movie. Well, only if he’s behind the camera rather than in front of it. Too much cosmetic surgery can be harmful.

conservative pilgrim on September 13, 2013 at 5:56 PM

This is like a bad episode of Pawn Stars, International Edition. Rick: Oh you guys got your butt kicked and want retaliation? Best I can do is old busted cranky uberhawk and serial amnesty lover McCain. Us: really? That’s your best offer? Rick: Well let me tell you what I got a buddy who’s an expert in superpowers getting their cans handed to them by tinpot autocrats, why don’t we give him a call and see what he can tell us? Us: Ok, I really hope I can get something out of this!

Tacitus on September 13, 2013 at 5:57 PM

“If John McCain wants to write something for us, he is welcome,” Dmitry Sudakov, the English editor of Pravda tells The Cable. “Mr. McCain has been an active anti-Russian politician for many years already.

Well, except for that time McCain wound up on Oleg Deripaska’s yacht to celebrate Deripaska’s birthday… that was just a ‘staff error’ as McCain put it. Winding up on the yacht of Putin’s right hand man amongst the Oligarchs and Red Mafia…

His staff couldn’t know! It’s not like they had Google or anything to check out the guy… just a ‘staff error’… just blame it on the ‘staff’.

ajacksonian on September 13, 2013 at 5:59 PM

McCain? Oh, that’ll be good….

FerdtheMoonCat on September 13, 2013 at 6:01 PM

http://thediplomad.blogspot.com/2013/09/and-now-we-dither.html

jukin3 on September 13, 2013 at 5:39 PM

If Kerry was played by Assad few years ago then he can certainly be played by Levrov…

mnjg on September 13, 2013 at 6:03 PM

How’d this country ever go from Ronald Reagan to Barack Obama in one generation? This country used to strong-arm the Russians…now it’s reversed. Cripes almighty.

JetBoy on September 13, 2013 at 6:03 PM

President Obama will not insist on a United Nations resolution threatening to use force to ensure that Syria lives up to its commitment to turn over chemical weapons,

And, the political pratfalls continue…

Resist We Much on September 13, 2013 at 5:47 PM

It had better at least include a stern look of disapproval as a consequence.

besser tot als rot on September 13, 2013 at 6:05 PM

“Rocky IV

It’s Friday, so we’ll cut you some slack since we know that you know it’s Rocky VI, or technically VII. But let’s not give Stallone any ideas for another movie. Well, only if he’s behind the camera rather than in front of it. Too much cosmetic surgery can be harmful.

conservative pilgrim on September 13, 2013 at 5:56 PM

Yeah, but it was Rocky IV that had Dolph Lundgren as Ivan Drago. In other words, this hypothetical movie would be a sequel to that specifically – a Rocky IV part 2, rather than an overall Rocky VII that takes into account the Tommy Morrison (RIP) and Antonio Tarver stuff in between.

And as “chronologically confusing” as all that is, it’s anybody’s guess what the title would be.

Gingotts on September 13, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Axe on September 13, 2013 at 5:51 PM

You made me look that up on purpose. -_-

Bmore on September 13, 2013 at 6:06 PM

I’m sorry, but didn’t anyone in this administration see this counter punch coming when they laid out our military plans for all the world to see? How did they think Assad and Putin were going to take the threat?

scalleywag on September 13, 2013 at 6:07 PM

Kerry’s already been hung out to flap in the breeze by dear leader’s flip flop with a fluid Syria policy, calling for a vote but don’t need it to TCB so how much more does he have to lose if the Rooskies take him down a peg. He’s already as low as he can go.

Kissmygrits on September 13, 2013 at 6:11 PM

i.e. don’t look if you don’t have eye bleach, like me

22044 on September 13, 2013 at 5:55 PM

that was nothing. she’s done so, so much worse.

You made me look that up on purpose. -_-

Bmore on September 13, 2013 at 6:06 PM

I was careful to use a hacky translation so Google would translate it back exactly right! :)

Because I care, Bmore.

I care.

*tilt stare*

That’s from “The Cable,” which e-mailed Pravda last night and basically dared them to run something by McCain after he criticized Putin’s op-ed on Russia’s show. Sudakov, in keeping with Russian propaganda’s tradition of insisting that it’s not propaganda, evidently felt pressured to accept while noting that it already regularly runs columns written by former Reagan-era Treasury official Paul Craig Roberts. Here’s a sample quote from Roberts on his Wikipedia page

I think you are being too hard on Pravda, but I don’t want to argue it on a day of celebration, with a HA post reading “Oh my: McCain hinting at retirement in 2016?” and all. :) It’s Friday the 13th, too!

Axe on September 13, 2013 at 6:18 PM

It’s Friday the 13th, too!

Axe on September 13, 2013 at 6:18 PM

Why isn’t Wednesday the 11th a special day, too?

Resist We Much on September 13, 2013 at 6:20 PM

And to think Obama is hiding Biden for fear he will say something stupid…

albill on September 13, 2013 at 6:20 PM

Why isn’t Wednesday the 11th a special day, too?

Resist We Much on September 13, 2013 at 6:20 PM

Where are you, anyway? We’re running out of time! :P

Axe on September 13, 2013 at 6:21 PM

When Putin first assumed power, I recall one pundit advising, “He won’t be around long. Don’t even bother to learn how to pronounce his name.”

Akzed on September 13, 2013 at 6:49 PM

Sure is a good thing the “Adults” are in charge.

A Balrog of Morgoth on September 13, 2013 at 7:01 PM

Putin is AWESOME, wish he was my president

jephthah on September 13, 2013 at 7:45 PM

Yeah, but it was Rocky IV that had Dolph Lundgren as Ivan Drago. In other words, this hypothetical movie would be a sequel to that specifically – a Rocky IV part 2, rather than an overall Rocky VII that takes into account the Tommy Morrison (RIP) and Antonio Tarver stuff in between.

And as “chronologically confusing” as all that is, it’s anybody’s guess what the title would be.

Gingotts on September 13, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Aw yes. Of course. My mind was focused on chronology. Now I see where AP was going with this. Thanks for setting me straight! Apologies to AP.

conservative pilgrim on September 13, 2013 at 7:59 PM

“We’re the ones we’ve been waiting for”

“Leading from behind”

Yes, Putin can.

Putin is mocking obama’s ‘organizer’ idiocies, using his prompter slogans and the NYTs…

Maureen Dowd now calls him “Barry” and Putin is her colleague now. MD, you can call him “Vlad”.

Schadenfreude on September 13, 2013 at 7:59 PM

Putin has a passionate desire for his country to come out ahead. I wish we had leadership like that.

Obama and Kerry are anti-white, pro-homosexual, friendly to creeping socialism, hostile to American traditions in many ways, and many other things before they identify as “American” and before they identify with traditional America, if they ever do.

When Obama told people to “punish” their “enemies” he was telling Mexicans to punish white Americans in a partisan political way. Putin doesn’t give speeches inviting people who identify with other countries to “punish” Russians.

Nor does Putin undermine Christianity, his country’s traditional religion.

Putin takes his own side – and he knows which side his own side is.

This isn’t an even contest, regardless of which country has the most guns.

David Blue on September 13, 2013 at 8:04 PM

How’d this country ever go from Ronald Reagan to Barack Obama in one generation? This country used to strong-arm the Russians…now it’s reversed. Cripes almighty.

JetBoy on September 13, 2013 at 6:03 PM

Because you and yours demanded gay-sex marriage certificates and social liberalism instead of competence.

Rather stupid on your part, wasn’t it?

northdallasthirty on September 13, 2013 at 8:43 PM

Maybe we should sick Carlos Danger on Putin. Nahhh…

HiJack on September 14, 2013 at 1:26 AM

Maybe we should sick Carlos Danger on Putin. Nahhh…

HiJack on September 14, 2013 at 1:26 AM

I’d pay money to see that.

But you’d need to get seated early, because the beat-down wouldn’t take long.

David Blue on September 14, 2013 at 1:43 AM

The Diplomad(on his blogspot) has an interesting take on Lavrov…whom he has had a run in with….if he hasn’t already eaten Juan Fraud Kerry’s lunch..he soon will.

Xango Annie on September 15, 2013 at 2:32 AM