MUST READ. Sargent is right: “The alignment of nontrivial swaths of the Republican Party with Vladimir Putin — we should try to understand this as potentially a serious geopolitical development.” https://t.co/EEDvDpBlvT— Joe Cirincione (@Cirincione) October 24, 2022
There is a pro-Putin axis developing in America. And it’s no accident. ?@djrothkopf? details Putin’s influence in the MAGA GOP. It also runs through the Tech Bros, libertarians and into the peace movements. Some are consciously allying, some duped. https://t.co/3IgaUZ2XBB— Joe Cirincione (@Cirincione) October 21, 2022
This is a tough choice.
“Polls suggest that the economy and crime are among themost important issues for voters in the midterms — and that, as a result, Republicans are surging in the home stretch. I think a lot of voters are missing the point. These elections are actually a referendum on whether you favor the continuation of democracy in America — and Ukraine.
Those issues are more closely linked than most people realize, because most of the same MAGA candidates who support Donald Trump’s strongman rule at home are either indifferent or hostile to the fate of democracy abroad. J.D. Vance, the GOP nominee for U.S. Senate in Ohio, exemplifies the trend: He has said the 2020 election was “stolen” and “I don’t really care what happens to Ukraine one way or another.”
That makes it all the more disturbing that Vance and other MAGA candidates are in the lead two weeks before Election Day. Vladimir Putin must have a smug smile on his face as he reads reports of recent political developments in the “Main Enemy,” as KGB agents of his generation referred to the United States …
If you support democracy in America and Ukraine, you need to vote for Democrats on Nov. 8. But if the current trends hold up, Republicans are likely to take over at least the House and quite possibly the Senate, too, along with many state offices. This is how democracies die, both at home and abroad.”