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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  • Veritas vos Liberabit

    The Tea Party is to the GOP what the flesh eating bacteria is to humankind. It eats you internally until it devours you wholly. Only the GOP, blindly by the hatred for our President, is a willing participant. In a treasonous act, they continue to give comfort to the enemy. Hatred, bigotry, misogyny, xenophobia, homophobia, etc. etc. runs through their veins. And now they add to the list treason. And they call themselves Patriots?…..

    • Pipercat

      Hey, quit giving bacteria such a bad rap. The little buggers know not what they do…

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        and,,,,,,,,,,,,,bacteria are smart enough–with such good taste– that they stay away from regressive tea party trash

    • Dave

      The whole republican should be tried and shot or guillotined.

  • shutdafrtdoor

    These pukes have the nerve to call us liberals “communists” and “socialists”??? They sure don’t have a problem jumping into bed with one! It just shows they’d back up Hitler before supporting a black President.

    • pennyroyal

      they are Traitors!!! Giving aid and comfort to a tyrant and hater of democracy. Putin’s Blitzkrieg must not stand!!!!

      • Dave

        Charge the entire GOP with treason! They are nothing but a bunch of traitors determined to bring down our country.

  • strayaway

    When and if a new cold war is stoked up by status quo Republicans, Hillary, Obama, whomever, a new arms race will be precipitated. Money to pay for social programs will be harder to come by because of arms spending. Some of you won’t like that. John Kerry already gave away $1B to the unelected government of Ukraine and is threatening to bring in missiles. I wonder how much of that will wind up in Swiss bank accounts. Kucinich claims that the revolution disposing Ukraine’s elected leader was partly financed by the US.

    I don’t know if Putin “hates President Obama” as this article claims. My guess is that he just looks down on and despises Obama as he probably did Bush. “Hate” might be a little too strong.

    • Green_Devil

      Care to provide a link to your claim that Kerry threatened to bring in missiles? Because the only talk of missiles I’ve heard is that stupid cunt of a congressman Mike Rogers who blamed the invasion on Obama taking missiles out of Czechoslovakia, a country that hasn’t existed since the 1990s.

      • strayaway

        “The possible deployment of U.S. missile defense components on Ukrainian territory in exchange for U.S. financial support to Kyiv is a subject of negotiations, Ukrainian Ambassador in Minsk Mykhailo Yezhel said.” -KyivPost 3/5/14 11:38am

        However, 25 minutes later there was a denial. “”The reports that negotiations are underway on the deployment of missile defense systems on Ukrainian territory are untrue. Such negotiations are not being held and there’s not even a hint of them,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Yevhen Perebyinis told Interfax-Ukraine on Wednesday.” Interfax-Ukraine 3/4/14 12:03pm

        Take your pick. Either the Ukrainian Ambassador in Minsk or the Foreign Ministry spokesman is a liar.

      • Green_Devil

        Well, that’s quite a bit different from “John Kerry already gave away $1B to the unelected government of Ukraine and is threatening to bring in missiles.” Kerry made no such statement. Let’s just stick to the facts and not be making up quotes. This isn’t Fox News or Breitbart but I do give you props for publishing the quotes. There is hope for you.

      • strayaway

        You asked me “to provide a link to your claim that Kerry threatened to bring in missiles?” I did. I can’t think of anyone except Kerry who could authorize such discussions. It sounds to me like Ukrainian Ambassador in Minsk Mykhailo Yezhel spilled the beans. The KyivPost article, by the way, is titled, “Mykhailo Yezhel: U.S. missile defense in Ukraine in exchange for financial aid is on negotiating table” should you try to Google it.

      • Green_Devil

        So someone says someone else said something and to you, that makes it true? The Ukrainian government is denying that there have been any discussions regarding US missiles and there are zero quotes from the US or Kerry as well. So at the very most, the best you can say is that “a Ukrainian official made a so far unsubstantiated statement that the US has offered the Ukraine US missiles.” This is not quite the same as “John Kerry already gave away $1B to the unelected government of Ukraine and is threatening to bring in missiles.” In fact, it’s pretty far from it.

      • strayaway

        “The possible deployment of U.S. missile defense components on Ukrainian territory in exchange for U.S. financial support to Kyiv is a subject of negotiations, Ukrainian Ambassador in Minsk Mykhailo Yezhel said.” -KyivPost 3/5/14 11:38am

        Kerry is, in fact, in charge of US foreign policy under Obama which means the buck stops there although I realize that is a concept now foreign to Democrats. I’ll stick to my original statement. I haven’t covered the $1B Kerry taxpayer giveaway because you never requested that I also do that for you. So here, “The Obama administration announced a $1 billion energy subsidy package in Washington as Kerry was arriving in Kiev.” -Yahoo News

        Cut to the chase. Do you approve of Kerry giving away $1B to Ukraine? If the Ukrainian Ambassador was correct, do you think the US should be paying Ukraine to install missile systems, why?

      • Green_Devil

        You can keep typing the same thing over a million times and that doesn’t make it true that Kerry said it. This isn’t the bullsh$t Fox “news” echo chamber where repeating the same thing makes it true. This is the real world and it’s the reason Hannity and Limbaugh aren’t considered journalists but paid flacks. They don’t deal in facts, only opinion that they pass off to ignorant rubes as facts.

        The $1b on the other hand is true. This is confirmed through many sources including Kerry himself. Note the difference.

        Point of order, Kerry didn’t unilaterally give away the money. He didn’t show up in the Ukraine with a big Publisher’s Clearinghouse check or a suitcase full of cash. In fact, this $1b is to be in the form of a loan and must be approved by Congress. This isn’t the Bush Administration dropping off $12b in currency to shady Iraqi operators and having that money– surprise surprise– disappear.

        And again, you’re asking me to speculate on an imaginary situation. Okay, I’ll play along with a twist- $1b might not be an unreasonable lease price for missile installations in comparison to what we paid other countries in NATO over the years. And I also think you stopped beating your wife on New Year’s as part of your resolution.

        See what I did?

      • strayaway

        Yes, I see what you did. You obfuscated and wish to imagine that Kerry had nothing to do with what the Ukrainian Ambassador was quoted as saying although he is SOS. Of course, maybe the Kiev news source misquoted the ambassador or something.

        Glad to see, at least, that you approve of giving away $1B US tax dollars for whatever. I don’t but your committal put you on the map as a supporter of taking sides in another cold war.

      • Green_Devil

        Do you understand English? The $1b is a loan, not a gift. It’s to be repaid. Do you understand the difference?

        And given the absence of any secondary source confirming the ambassador’s contention coupled with Kiev completely disavowing his statement as untrue, I no more believe Kerry said that than I believe that Kerry is somehow responsible for my cat just puking up that hairball. But please, keep believing whatever you want to believe if that’s what makes your nutsack tingle.

      • strayaway

        Yeah, right a loan. You must still believe in unicorns and Obama’s promises. I guess if it isn’t in the Daily Kos, just some Kiev paper, it can’t be true. Don’t forget what Kucinich said either about how this revolution was coordinated or is Kucinich making up stories too? Sorry to take your time. You better get back to promoting our President’s effort to fund the non-elected government of Ukraine.

      • Don Sbragia

        Um, point of order. “Missile Defense Systems” and “missiles” are two very different items. One is fired at enemy troops in order to kill people. The other keeps the first from killing people. Hopefully.

      • strayaway

        You are absolutely right. Let’s assume that “defense” here only means shooting Russian planes or missiles out of the sky. Might that also not be considered provocative and meddlesome by Russia? Sounds like a cold war escalation to me.

  • libs sucks

    TEA = Taxed Enough Already. How can you not agree with that? Oh yes, you are the entitlement generation.

    • Eoin Maloney

      My good friend, I kneel to your perfectly reasoned argument. Your use of the time-honored ad hominem argument has persuaded me, and I shall henceforth be a good Christian Republican. There are absolutely no logical fallacies in your argument. Except for your whole statement.

      • shutdafrtdoor

        I like how they leave a comment and abandon their profile…puke scaredy cats!

      • Pipercat

        They’re really posting as a guest. Disqus allows a handle for the guest posers… er, I mean posters!

      • shutdafrtdoor

        Oh! Didn’t know that! Thanks…

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        taught by the cretins at FOX “news”

    • Green_Devil

      You’re a Fox-watching moron. Our taxes are at historical lows. You’re probably one of the idiot cunts who also rants about the debt, unable to realize in your Fox-besotted brain that almost $2 trillion of that debt is directly attributable to the Bush tax cuts.

      • suburbancuurmudgeon

        It don’ matter to him.

      • Dave

        He is brainwashed by the Fox Nazi Channel.

    • suburbancuurmudgeon

      If you don’t like taxes, find a country that doesn’t tax its citizens. I hear Somalia is lovely this time of year.

    • kurt cocking

      Except I’m 56 and have worked for 40 years, the difference here is you obviously don’t let facts get in the way of an ignorant opinion.

    • Dave

      What brings you to a progressive. I think you are a Nazi. Guess you would OK with a NaziRepublican dictatorship.

    • moe/larry & curly keys

      awww,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, poor little “gian keys” makes yet ANOTHER bogus profile as to CRY again

    • jchastn

      Many Americans are not taxed enough. Some not at all. The wealthy of this nation ARE the entitlement generation. They think they are entitled to steal labor, take obscene profits, pay no taxes on it while they are paying their workers unbelievable Scrooge like wages that necessitate things like um…FOOD STAMPS and HOUSING SUBSIDIES. And before you say something stupid like “work harder and you’ll make enough money to live”, Ill stop you and ask you if you want the people who work for you to die of starvation at work, or if you would rather they just freeze to death on the street? Add to that how the unbridled greed of these traitors moves them to bath in racist hate and how that in turn makes them attack the President and favor a facist dictator who is hell bent on re-assembling the Soviet Union, and you now have the Traitorous State of the Republican Culture.

    • buricco

      Tea Party, founded by the billionaire brothers Koch in 2002.

    • lindylou

      OK, do not attempt to access your social security and medicare.

  • pennyroyal

    Rethuglicans love a fascist dictator, they’re so undemocratic in their push to create a theocracy in the USA.

  • Sandy Greer

    I, too, noticed the ‘lovefest’; an irony, to be sure. And they used to scorn the commies and/or socialists, LOL I guess the times really are a-changin’…

    Seriously, folks, one fact is indisputable :

    The Obama presidency has shone a spotlight on all the Haters; the Ignorance and Hypocrisy of the Bigots on The Right. Swept it out from beneath the white sheets right into the bright light of day.

    Where we can all get a good, long, look at it.

    He has done a great service to our nation: I’m grateful for seeing it so openly displayed.

    Take it to the voting booth, people: Vote ’em the Hell outta Dodge!

    • TruthHurts

      If ignorance is bliss, then you madam are the happiest person on earth!

      • Sandy Greer

        Well, how smart are you:

        Wasting your time reading, and responding to, Ignorance.

        ^^^But thanks for the compliment. The mere fact that you felt the need to reply at all…illustrates that Truth – does indeed – Hurt, when it strikes home.

      • Celeste Dyer

        Nice comeback Sandy Greer!

      • lindylou

        Let’s get together and provide a huge icebag for TruthHurts. I am sure he needs it.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        that would mean that u and the small dicked losers on FOX “news” are so UN happy as U are so “enlightened”

      • 2Smart2bGOP

        And if indeed Truth does Hurt, you, sir, must be in agony ALL of the time.

  • TruthHurts

    Was it not comrade Obama who was caught whispering to the Russian president “Just wait till after the election, and I will drop my panties for Mr. Putin”?

    • Pipercat

      That was Larry Craig as he passed through the Moscow airport (rest room) on his way to Thailand…

    • moe/larry & curly keys

      actually what he said was,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, ” watch how the republicans get destroyed in our 2012 election……. THATS how U invade”!!!!

    • BereaBrave

      Actually he said, excuse me while I whip this thing out…. then Putin cried. John McCain cried and Lindsay Graham passed out.

  • Leron

    I grew up with the belief, a very wide spread belief, in fact, that to “not” support “our ” presidents decisions, regardless of party affiliation, was tantamount to “TREASON.” Few if any America s ever crossed that line publicly. Now, The radicals on the GOP/Tea Bagger right wing are actually and very publicly choosing a former high ranking KGB officer’s word over that of our President, a Dangerous KGB official who probably killed Americans in his course of duty, and who undoubtedly hates everything America stands for. It’s time to start rounding up and arresting the traitor GOP/Tea Bagger radicals, and put them into Guantanamo with others of like ideals.

    • terry63

      Now’s probably not a good time to Cut our Military to pre WW2 numbers then. Im sure that he does hate America. But he now see’s a chance to act. As he has in Georgia, Syria and now Ukraine.He has gone unchecked. He has taken Ukraine, with out a shot. Stabilizing a situation that was falling into Chaos. Threatening his only warm water port. His military bases. I am not upset with the move that Putin has made. He has adverted disaster on his boarder. He has no respect for Mr. Obama, Who early on folded his hand on the european missile defence systems that were planned. Supported an Arab Spring in Egypt, now an Arab winter. Over threw Gadaffi, and handed Lybia to AlQaeda. while getting his ambassador killed.Mean while Barrack was off Campaigning and to JayZ’s house. Later we would learn that Barrack, supports AlQaeda Rebels to fight Syrian forces. Has a AlQaeda stronghold on the Turkish border. Fallujah, Iraq has fallen to AlQaeda. Made a deal with Iran, about Nuke’s. Now as Putin rolls anti aircraft and tanks along the border of Ukraine. Barrack has a music fest at the White House. Misspells Respect and packs his bags for yet another vacation. Putin is not Impressed. Sanctions will mean higher gas prices for you and I and no space program. We pay Russia for that now. We trashed ours.
      You can come round up this old Veteran and send me to a camp, any time you feel able to do so.

      • Leron

        Who cares what Putin thinks. Much less, who cares about your fool thoughts. Apparently, you love this murdering KGB clown Putin. Your Areoflot plane is waiting terry. In the meantime, I’ll take Living under an Obama presidency any day. Thank you.

      • Terry63

        Are you familiar with a book called ” The art of War”? You need to read it and realize that your enemies world wide, AlQaeda, Russia, Iran and China are using it against you. America, is in full retreate. Our leadership in both parties are clueless. You need to care what Putin thinks. He is the same old Dog. Russia has the same old policy, exploit American weakness. Putin, has gone into Ukraine in order to stabilize an out of control situation. Ukraine is the heart of Russia. No Russian leader would ever let it sink into civil war. Russia has to much at Stake. We dont support Putin, but cannot condemn him for a Bloodless takeover of a bad situation on his border. He is not worried about Barrack Hussien Obama. Who now enjoys a music fest at the White House , misspells Respect and will be gone on vacation very soon. I can almost hear this old Russian hard liner laughing.. America is in deep trouble. There’s an old saying. ” Know your enemy” I fear that Putin, does. Sanctions will backfire as Gasoline will skyrocket. we have no space program. We pay Russia for that. All this talk is Lip service. Putin will not be punished, as long as it goes well, as it has so far. You have to be realistic.

  • BereaBrave

    The United Nations need to be the lead on this, not Obama.

  • Boris Toriskokov

    Putin is not a hero of Republicans. This is schadenfreude pure and simple. It’s the ultimate “we told you so” in the face of “let’s all get together and talk about things” Obama style. Community organizer. Oh he would unite the world, and heal the planet and we’d all get free candy and unicorns and be friends. You know what? NO. It’s been a galactic shit storm. Egypt, Libya, Syria and now this. Nobel Peace Prize recipient. (chortle)

    • lindylou

      Oh shut up, flatearther. Just because you can use the word “schadenfreude” does not make you a particularly learned person. Putin has broken international law, and if he is a hero to the far right of this country because he looks good riding a horse barechested, it’s a good indication of just how much those ultra conservatives love a show of strength. It is not prudent for anyone to advocate starting a war with Russia.

  • George Keller

    They have to love him because they were the ones who praised him in the Syrian crisis that is still going on. Russian arms supporting the Syrian government killing Syrian people. This is their vision of what the government should be like just like Ted Cruz shutting down the government. They would praise anyone other than their own president because they don’t want a government they want to dictate.

  • Terry63

    I dont know abou that. But Putin has taken Barrack to school in last couple of years. Putin, stopped a foolish move by this administration to fire missiles into Syria. A strike that would be surgical, Harm nothing, Hardly be noticed and be home for breakfast. Those strikes do not exist. Putin, also exposed Barrack, use of AlQaeda linked rebels , funded and armed by you and I, the tax payer. To fight Syrian forces. Putin, invades Ukraine. Barrack sets forth to invoke sanctions. It is my opinion that the Ukraine was falling into Chaos, 100 protestors were shot and the situation was falling into Revolution. Putin had every reason to invade and stabilize the situation which is exactly what he has done.. Sanctions will backfire as the Obama, administartion will be pummeled with hikes In Gasoline prices. We have people aboard the space station and no space program to acheive our goals. We pay Russia for that now. Hagel, is reducing our military to pre WW2 numbers. As Putin, install’s thousands of anti air craft Batteries and rolls in Tanks. Has drills with his fighter aircraft. Barrack, has a Music concert, at the White house, Misspell’s Respect and Packs his bag’s for yet another Vacation. Putin has to be shaking in his boots.

    • Sunnysmom

      So much to really say in response to your post. But the irony of you criticizing the President for misspelling something after an entire paragraph of your own misspellings and horrid punctuation is the most hilarious part of all.

  • Sunnysmom

    Anyone who attacks Obama is a friend of the GOTP, regardless of what kind of swine that person is to begin with. Sad, sad state of affairs.