Am I the Only One Who Notices the Republican Lovefest with Vladimir Putin?

putin_tea_party_heroYou would think with Russia sending its military into Ukraine (and potential world catastrophe being talked about) it would be a moment where we could come together as a nation to say, “We’ve tried with this tyrant but he obviously has no desire to work with the rest of the world.  It’s time to get tough.”

But I should have known better.  When it comes to President Obama, Republicans are going to bash him whenever possible.

Heck, just look at Syria a few months ago when I saw several Republicans actually praising Putin’s efforts to disarm Syria, while saying Obama looked weak.

Though I’m not quite certain how a president threatening to use military force, which triggered Russia to push Syria to give up their chemical weapons, makes Obama “weak.”  But it’s President Obama – Republicans don’t have to make sense when they’re bashing him, as long as they’re doing it.

Then just look at Putin’s stance on homosexuals.  You just know they have to be a fan of those policies, right?  Republicans have recently been pushing for their own legal discrimination laws here too.  Sure, they call it “religious freedom,” but anyone with an ounce of common sense knows that’s complete bullshit.

Excuse my language.

But doesn’t Putin sound like the ultimate Republican?  He hates gays, longs for the “good ol’ days,” loves portraying himself as a “manly man,” invades other nations for no reason and hates President Obama.

Oh, and even though he’s the one who sent Russian troops into Ukraine – he’s saying they weren’t actually Russian troops, and that President Obama is involved in some sort of conspiracy to get the world against Russia.

You know, blaming Obama for something he’s causing.  Classic Republican tactic!

Now with Ukraine, Republicans might be saying that they’re appalled by what Putin has done – but they’re going out of their way to bash President Obama at every turn.

In fact, I’ve heard more blame on Obama for what’s going on in Ukraine than the man who actually sent troops into Ukraine. 

They’ve praised Putin’s intelligence at outsmarting Obama, with House Intelligence Chair Mike Rogers (a Republican from Michigan) saying, “Putin is playing chess, and I think we’re playing marbles.”

Even John McCain called President Obama “naive” while saying Putin “played us perfectly.”

A good summation of Republican attitude about the whole situation is essentially, “While we find Putin’s actions appalling – he’s obviously far stronger and more intelligent than Obama.”

Which is quite ironic that they’re so quick to bash Obama, when Russia did something very similar in 2008 with Georgia while President Bush was still in office.  I don’t recall many Republicans calling Bush weak during that time.

But what this whole situation in Ukraine breaks down to is another reason to levy some kind of far-fetched attack on President Obama.  They’ve actually attacked him for daring to have the lofty goal of improving relations between the two countries.

I guess he should have just picked a random country to invade, you know – like Bush.  The that would have made him strong, right?

When it comes to Republicans, this situation in Ukraine shows that no matter what’s going on, be it here or abroad, they’ll take any opportunity to bash President Obama.

Even if it means praising Vladimir Putin.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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