I’m obviously missing something because I’ve seen several articles along these lines lately. Yochi Dreazen in Vox, Dec. 20th:
In a best-case scenario, Russian President Vladimir Putin has managed to persuade tens of millions of Americans to question the integrity of the US political system and the legitimacy of Donald Trump’s narrow win. In a worst-case scenario, the Kremlin just handed the White House to the most jarringly pro-Russian presidential candidate in American history. …
And yet there may be no response. Nor is it even obvious what the response should, or would, be.
Not even obvious what the response should be? ??!?
He points out the disproportionality of a military response and the futility of trying to rig Russian elections back at them when they’re already fully rigged.
All of which seems like barking up the wrong tree in the wrong forest.
The answer is self-evident. You deny them (whoever “Them” are) their ill-gotten gains.
You re-run all the elections that had a whiff of tampering.
This time under the eyes of observers from all concerned parties you hand count the all-paper ballots.
And you do it now. Rerun January 14th. Delay inauguration pending results. Problem solved and tampering rendered pointless.
What is so hard about that concept?
Update Dec 26th. It takes me way too long to face reading all the sad links stacked up in my bookmarks. Moscow on the Potomac (Dec 21) provides a detailed, very well sourced article on the appalling level of the Dumpster Fire’s entanglement with Putin.
I grew up in a Russian family in the US. The “better dead than Red” hysteria of the old days was beyond stupid. But this is different. Putin got his start rising to the top of the heap in the KGB. The KGB. Americans seem to have no concept what that means. And that’s the guy who’s messing with democracies all over the Western world.
That’s an existential threat on the order of climate change to democracy and the rule of law, to say nothing of the US way of life.
The only appropriate reaction is to charge at the danger with your hair on fire.
It’s an attack on — and apparently successful takeover of! — this country. Ordering a rerun of the election, now, is essential. Obama could appropriately declare martial law if that’s what it takes to redo the election. Because that’s what martial law is for: extraordinary measures in defense of the country when it’s been attacked.
Instead he’s on vacation and the Dems are trying to figure out how to “work with” that shambling disaster.
Update, 2017-01-24: This is what I was trying to say: @miragonz “it’s like democrats and republicans were playing a board game, then the republicans were like ‘fuck it’ and lit the house on fire, but dems are still just sitting in the burning house trying to win the board game.’
That’s what I was trying to say with ‘hair on fire!’ ‘martial law!’ ‘dooooo something!’ Calling out the fire department is an appropriate response; worrying whether repubs will, zomg!, think you’re partisan is not.
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