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Thu Jan 3, 2019, 09:39 AM

Hey DanaRussianbacker - elections have consequences

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/global-opinions/wp/2018/11/12/a-not-so-fond-farewell-to-dana-rohrabacher-putins-best-friend-in-congress/?utm_term=.86b926ea69f4

It took a while for Orange County, Calif., to count all the mail-in votes, but officials there did it. The result: Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) will be leaving Congress after 15 terms in the House. So as he leaves the stage, let’s spend a little bit of time saying goodbye to Rohrabacher, the soon-to-be ex-congressman from California’s 48th District. For Rohrabacher is, in his way, quite an important symbolic figure: He is the living, breathing embodiment of the moral corruption that has seeped into a part of the Republican Party foreign policy establishment — the part that long ago stopped caring about U.S. leadership of the democratic world.

He started his career as a Reaganite. But Rohrabacher long ago up gave pretending that he has any interest in freedom, or democracy, or even the Western alliance. For much of the past decade, he has served as the voice of foreign autocrats in Congress. Egged on by Natalia Veselnitsksaya — the Russian lawyer who met with Paul Manafort, Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner, and offered them “dirt” on Hillary Clinton – Rohrabacher fought, for example, against the Magnitsky Act and its successor, the Global Magnitsky Act, the legislation that targets human rights violators and kleptocrats from Russia and elsewhere with individual sanctions. At one point, he arranged to show an infamous Russian propaganda film, smearing the Magnitsky Act and its main promoter, Bill Browder, in Congress. When Rep. Edward R. Royce, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs committee, blocked him from doing so, Rohrabacher’s office instead promoted the film’s showing at the Newseum.

None of this was a secret, and at some level, congressional Republicans have long been uncomfortable about Rohrabacher’s role. Infamously, Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the then-House majority leader, once told a group of congressman that “There’s two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump.” But they never stopped him.

When the newly elected Democratic House opens for business, it might consider having a look at the role played by lobbyists for authoritarian politicians in Congress, with a particular emphasis on the role they played influencing Rohrabacher and his committee.

Any one of those newcomers would make a fine replacement for Rohrabacher on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. As the party of Ronald Reagan and John McCain abdicates its old international role, we need Democrats with real-world foreign policy experience to ensure that Congress goes on serving America’s interests, not the interests of America’s enemies.

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Enjoy the celebrations today - and try on your prison suit.




































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Response to malaise (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2019, 09:44 AM

1. k&r!

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2019, 09:53 AM

2. Get outta Dodge, dude and stay out. Putin lovin' mofo.

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2019, 09:59 AM

3. 30 years.

He should be vested in the Russian retirement scheme. Too bad Putin lowered the benefits. But then again, as a republican Rohrabacher would approve.

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2019, 10:00 AM

4. This horrible person has been my congressman for years.

Today is going to be a very happy day for me.

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Thu Jan 3, 2019, 09:56 PM

5. one more Russiapublican gone

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