Russia calls Obama after sending troops into Ukraine: Mitt Romney is smarter than you

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The Russians just called President Obama and left a message: “Your foreign policy is a disaster and Mitt Romney is smarter than you.”

Okay, they didn’t do that, but you couldn’t blame them if they did, considering that they’re rolling roughshod over Ukraine and all the White House can do is blubber about not crossing “lines” that have already been crossed.

“We are watching to see … whether or not Russia is doing anything that might be crossing the line in any way,” White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters Friday. “We made clear that the U.S. supports the territorial integrity of Ukraine and the sovereignty of Ukraine. We have made clear to Russia that we believe it would be a grave mistake to intervene in any way.

Indeed, the White House is “watching.” That is why Vladimir Putin is laughing.

For those with a short memory, it was only a couple of years ago when President Obama mocked Mitt Romney during a presidential debate regarding his growing concern over the threat Russia posed to U.S. interests around the globe.

“Gov. Romney, I’m glad you recognize al-Qaida is a threat, because a few months ago when you were asked what is the biggest geopolitical group facing America, you said Russia, not al-Qaida,” Obama said. “You said Russia. And the 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back. Because the Cold War has been over for 20 years.”

What president Obama doesn’t get is that just because he says something is over, it doesn’t mean it’s over. Whether it’s in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria or anywhere else, the world’s worst actors are always seeking to gain and exert influence.

While the president makes silly “Let’s Move” videos in the Oval Office with Vice President Joe Biden, guys like Vladimir Putin are plotting and planning ways to regain a place of prominence on the world’s stage.

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What’s my strategy for keeping Russia in check? I don’t know. Don’t you see I have a “Let’s Move” video to shoot? Come on, people. Priorities…

The president’s clueless nature as it pertains to foreign affairs is exacerbated by media-types who a.) laugh along with jokes like “the 80s called and want its foreign policy back,” and b) are just as lost as the president.

Take CNN’s Chief International Correspondent, Christiane Amanpour, who told Wolf Blitzer there was no way the Russians would move in on the Ukraine…just before they did just that.

Mediate reported:

Some are concerned we might be on the eve of another Cold War,” Blitzer fretted. “What, if anything, would stop Vladimir Putin from getting involved?”

“There doesn’t seem to be any notion that he is actually going to do so,” Amanpour insisted.

“The U.S. right now says it only sees Russia’s military exercises ‘within the normal range,’” she continued. “It does not see any of the kind of massive planning that Russia would have to do in terms of planning, and logistics, and securing air, and land, and rail, and road corridors to incur into Ukraine.”

She noted that a 1990s-era treaty signed by both Russia and Western nations guarantees Ukraine’s territorial integrity.

Less than 24 hours later armored personnel carriers, thousands of troops and Hind attack helicopters rolled in.

Russian armored personnel carriers are on their way to Crimea, and Ukrainian officials are calling it a “military invasion and occupation.”

A convoy of nine Russian armored personnel carriers and a truck on a road between the port city of Sevastopol and the regional capital, Sinferopol, the Associated Press reported.

“I can only describe this as a military invasion and occupation,” Ukraine’s newly named interior minister, Arsen Avakov, wrote in an online statement.

Meanwhile, Russians armed with rifles and wearing military uniforms stormed into Crimea’s main airport and took up positions on Friday. Agence France-Presse confirmed that 2,000 armed Russian were airlifted into the area.

Russia has flexed it’s muscles in Syria. Russia has flexed its muscled in Iran. Russia has flexed its muscles in the Ukraine. It is sending spy ships to Havana, Cuba. Meanwhile, the president of the United States is jogging in circles around the Oval Office with Joe Biden.

The next time the president tries to ridicule his political opponents, take a moment to remember what a joke Vladimir Putin is making of America’s commander-in-chief.

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Romney’s chances in Colorado — our political FUBAR

Anyone who follows this blog knows that while I work in Washington, D.C., I’m generally not a fan of the overabundance of pompous, fake, know-it-all pundits who live there. Washington is just like Los Angeles, except the fakes in the nation’s capital want to play “director” with your life. They see you as a prop, and your tax dollars as the studio budget. Given my desire to stay as far away from cocktail parties and networking events as possible, I decided that when it came to figuring out what Mitt Romney’s chances were of winning Colorado, that it would be best to ask a really, really smart … Coloradan. Luckily, I happen to know one. (I’m keeping his identity anonymous since I’m not sure he would like his name out there.)

Here’s his analysis:

Colorado is a state made up of maddening political contradictions. You have uber liberal Boulder county up north, and uber conservative Colorado springs to the south. You have Colorado University (compared to Cal Berkley by many), and then you can find Focus on the Family. You also have the aforementioned home base of a powerful evangelical Christian organization with one of the lowest (by state) percentages of people who regularly attend church (11 percent). Then you have a massive influx of liberal Californians moving in, mixing with a massive influx of conservative Texans. You have a state screaming for gun laws in the wake of The Dark Knight killings and Columbine going up against a powerful NRA lobby with mountain hunters.

Then you have Gary Johnson of the Libertarian party polling at 4 percent, I believe the second highest behind new Hampshire in political polls by state. Basically, we are a perfect storm of political clusterf***.

Two of Romney’s biggest talking points get blunted here:

  • The economy is better than national average and we have thus far survived the economic downturn relatively well.
  • There are few Jewish people here, so only conservative Christians would consider relations with Israel a voting issue (remember 11 percent, and not all of them are conservative). Also, by far our biggest minority is of Mexican decent, and they are by and large not fans of Republican immigration stances.

I will say (though it’s hard to quantify) that the “excitement” for Obama is not at the fevered pitch it was in 2008, partly (just as we’ve seen nationally) because he’s been president and you don’t have that same euphoria of getting your guy in there, and partly because we didn’t host the DNC this time around.

To be fair, even though the economy is decent here, Coloradans recognize it can be better and that it is still nationally sluggish — there are no quick fixes. This being said, Obama is still very popular with the Democratic base, whereas Romney is liked, but not venerated by the Republican base.

It is a statistical tossup, and we really won’t know until Tuesday. If you forced me to bet, I’d say Obama wins by 2-4 percent. Sorry to have a wishy-washy conclusion, but that’s how I see it.

So there you have it. I really have nothing much to add. I devour news on a daily basis for work, and this is one of the most succinct, informative, non-wonkish breakdowns of Colorado’s political complexity that I’ve seen.

My only question would be for our Libertarian friends: Is there a particular reason why you don’t sink your resources into building a movement at a local and state level, first? Is it really helping anyone to put all your eggs into one basket every four years, self-righteously beating your chest about the “two party system” before disappearing into darkness shortly after the election is over? Good grief.

Anyway, thanks again to my eyes and ears on the ground in Colorado. Great job, my friend. Here’s to hoping that Independents break hard for Mitt.

ABC will protect Biden during VP debate — unless you act now

Unless conservatives let ABC know incessantly from now until the October 11th VP debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan, the moderator will make sure that Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are buried. They will go heavy on foreign policy, and when they do cover domestic policy it will be on illegal immigration, gay marriage and who knows what else. They will get as far away from Ryan’s strengths as possible, which I explain at length in today’s podcast.