The GOP love affair with Vladimir Putin

Jon Stewart did two segments on Russian President Vladimir Putin, the first looking at Putin’s autocratic style, and the second looking at how Republicans in the US are just fawning over the man.

Stewart makes a great point, among many.  It’s funny how Republicans just love Putin’s dictatorial style, while they accuse Obama of wearing “mommy jeans.”  But then whenever Obama actually does something, like pass health care reform, the President suddenly becomes “Dictator Obama” who jams unconstitutional legislation down the throats of the American public (by letting the Congress vote on it 50 times).


Every conservative adores a fascist.

I had a little back and forth on Twitter with some folks from the GOP publication, the Daily Caller, who were crowing over the fact that a former blogger for the liberal blog ThinkProgress is complaining that he got reprimanded after writing a post critical of Obama’s troop draw-down in Afghanistan. The blogger, and the Daily Caller’s, point was that this was just like what Russia does censoring content via its official propaganda organ, Russia Today (aka RT).

Um, huh?  First off, ThinkProgress is a blog.  Russia Today is the official voice of the Kremlin.  ThinkProgress is partisan, Russia Today is propaganda – it’s the difference between rooting for one political team, and being a paid liar.  And just as ThinkProgress tows the progressive line, I’m sure Daily Caller does a bang-up job towing the conservative line, probably more so.  (And let’s not forget Christopher Buckley, who basically got thrown off the National Review for violating conservative dogma by endorsing Obama.)

Partisan publications have editorial positions that more or less color their coverage.  Gaius and I don’t agree on every issue, but I let him write whatever he wants, because I know he’s a good progressive, and he won’t be writing pieces lauding Arizona’s anti-gay law, or arguing that slavery was actually a good thing for African-Americans.  Does the fact that I’d never let someone with those views be a regular contributor to AMERICAblog make us Pravda? Hardly.

I also have a problem with Daily Caller putting this out there, and in essence joining in the false equivalence between Russia Today and ThinkProgress, i.e., the false equivalence between Putin’s Russia and Obama’s America.  Some kid getting scolded on a liberal blog is a far cry from working for the Kremlin, an institution that condones Russian neo-Nazi gangs kidnappings gays, black and Jews across Russia (and Ukraine), in addition to currently being in the process of annexing an independent country against its will.

Which takes us back to conservative hagiography of Vladimir Putin, and today’s clips from Jon Stewart. Enjoy.

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15 Responses to “The GOP love affair with Vladimir Putin”

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  2. Anonymous says:

    Tdlr – people really need to calm the F down and think of a rational solution that doesn’t involve our arbitrary party system. We can discount wingnut anarchists and people spouting offensive vignettes of minorities as rational. We can also discount Obama who hasn’t done much of substance or fulfilled his promises.

  3. Anonymous says:

    The problem is that the Republican party has been hijacked by extremists and is on a suicidal path. Look at how many candidates were shot down by their own party during the election last year. If someone seems “moderate enough” (essentially, a liar) then he will be voted for as long as he keeps his mouth shut. Like Romney. But why would wingnuts believe they’re being lied to? They’re soo smart, that could never happen…

    Then you have most of the party cleaving away and labeling themselves “Libertarians.” Explain how 47% of people voted for Republicans last election if they’re “libertarian?” Ask one of these clowns who they voted for – chances are it isn’t Ron Paul. They’re just, as always, deflecting responsibility for what most of their party is saying while voting for them at the last minute.

    They’re always the “anti” party but have no real solutions. The only hope we have to save this country is to form our own bipartisan solution. They’re dead weight that we can’t hope to reason with. Democrats have to come up with their own compromised solution, ignore the awful rhetoric of these idiots, and think of the people who actually need a leader

  4. Anonymous says:

    Big Sky Daddy has been largely replaced by CEOs/”makers,” who speak for Big Sky Daddy.

  5. Anonymous says:

    The right wing is the same everywhere

  6. Anonymous says:

    Putin doesn’t love them back? Aw, damn. And they were looking forward to getting down on their knees…

  7. Anonymous says:

    A charismatic leader, with nationalistic youth groups, offering simple solutions to a disenfranchised populace…yeah, that doesn’t sound familiar.

  8. cole3244 says:

    i can understand the gop’s frustration, putin refused their invitation to attend cpac and give his impression of obama and his mom jeans, opportunity lost for the cons.

  9. pappyvet says:

    Good points about Daily Caller. The bottom line is that the right’s hatred of President Obama and progressives is unbounded.

  10. emjayay says:

    It used to be that all authority flowed down from the Big Sky Daddy to the King by Divine Right, and then down to Downton Abbey who then ruled the peasants. In the family, to the Father who ruled the kids and wife.

    Modern conservatives believe in essentially the same system.

  11. Silver_Witch says:

    He humiliated him, called him out on his BS lines including the Chamber of Commerce support and how in his book (yes DeMint wrote a book – bet he is pissed that they scheduled him for Jon’s show).

  12. Hadn’t heard about it

  13. Silver_Witch says:

    John – you should do an article on his DeMint Interview….

    I love Jon and wish he were on PrimeTime Main Stream and Conservatives were forced to watch.

  14. Monophylos Fortikos says:

    It’s hardly a surprise. If there’s any unifying notion behind the American right wing it’s a worship of authority. Their view of the Constitution is essentially authoritarian: even while they ignore huge sections of it and make mincemeat of others they place the Constitution on a golden pedestal whose basis they kiss. Even those Republicans who proclaim that all of our laws should be based on the Bible still proclaim also that they are “Constitutional conservatives”. It is the show of obeisance to an all-powerful authority that matters more than anything; making a show of grovelling before the ultimate authority of the Constitution matters far more than actually doing anything the Constitution says. Attitude, not action, is what right-wingers value the most.

  15. 4th Turning says:

    For when there are no words…

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