Oh what a difference four years can make.
When Mitt Romney ran against Barack Obama in 2012, he referred to Russia as America’s “number one geopolitical foe,” to the mockery of Democrats. The guy just needed to get with the 21st century, he was told.
— The Democrats (@TheDemocrats) October 22, 2012
“The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because…the Cold War’s been over for 20 years” Barack Obama told Romney himself in one of the presidential debates. Even Hillary Clinton chimed in, claiming it was “somewhat dated” to be worried about Russia. John Kerry observed that “Mitt Romney talks like he’s only seen Russia by watching ‘Rocky IV.” Joe Biden, known for his own gaffes, at least gave Romney the courtesy of assuming his comment could’ve just been a slip of the tongue.
Meanwhile at MSNBC, Chris Matthews and Rachel Maddow mocked the comment, claiming Romney was just trying to copy Ronald Reagan three decades after the fact.
And clearly – none of those comments aged well, with those very same individuals being the most hysterical over Russia, believing they played a role in stealing the election from Hillary Clinton. Clearly if the Russians did interfere with the election, they did one heck of a crappy job given how the popular vote turned out. No one in Russia was forcing Trump to campaign aggressively in key swing states to win over the electoral college while Hillary did nothing, assuming she had the election in the bag.
And according to the Weekly Standard, the investigations into Russia may turn out to be quite anticlimactic.
The House Intelligence committee’s top Democrat said Sunday that it is too early to say whether there was collusion between the Trump team and Russia, in an apparent moderation of his past claims on the subject.
Schiff’s remarks come as his committee probes any potential Trump team-Russia coordination as well as the leaks that precipitated the resignation of former national security adviser Mike Flynn as part of a broader investigation into Russian meddling.
“I don’t think we can say anything definitively at this point,” Schiff said on CNN’s State of the Union when asked about potential collusion. “We are still at the very early stage of the investigation.”
“The only thing I can say is that it would be irresponsible for us not to get to the bottom of this,” he said.
Schiff said on March 22nd that he had seen “more than circumstantial evidence” of collusion between Trump associates and the Kremlin. Those remarks came the same day that the Republican chairman of the committee Devin Nunes made controversial allegations
It didn’t take long for him to go from having “more than circumstantial evidence” to not being able to “say anything definitively.”
How will they continue to beat this dead horse further next week? Stay tuned to find out!
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]