Back when I started crazydana, I didn’t love the idea of someone running against Dana Rohrabacher on the issue of his ties to Russia.
Why? Because it just felt like a bit of a disconnect. While the Russia thing is disconcerting, alarming, puzzling, awful, I wasn’t sure whether the right-leaning Orange County resident would be moved to vote against Rohrabacher on the strength of such information. Hell, even the congressman seemed to be thinking along these lines. “I feel like I’m in good shape politically,” he recently said. “My constituents couldn’t care less about this. They are not concerned about Russia. They are concerned about the taxes on their home. They are concerned about illegal immigrants coming into their neighborhood and raping people.”
In case you missed this one, four days ago the New York Times’ Nicholas Fandos wrote a piece headlined: HE’S A MEMBER OF CONGRESS. THE KREMLIN LIKES HIM SO MUCH IT GAVE HIM A CODE NAME. The story is a damning look into Russia’s love of Rohrabacher, a man considered by Vladimir Putin’s government to be an invaluable intelligence source. It also delves into the GOP’s growing distrust of Rohrabacher. Writes Fandos: “At the same time, fellow Republicans — questioning his judgment and intentions — have moved to curtail his power as chairman of the Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats. And back home in Southern California, where Democrats and Republicans alike smell blood, the 15-term congressman is facing his toughest re-election contest in decades, with well-funded candidates from both parties lining up to unseat him.”
There’s also these gems:
This is no longer a wedge issue; no longer something Democrats might use, might not want to use. We are talking about a potentially traitorous congressman; a man who has put country over Orange County—and not even his own country. I would use this in advertisements. I would use this in speeches. I would use this in debate.
Dana Rohrabacher isn’t merely a bad congressman.
He’s a traitorous American.