@Powerpuff made the good point that this ought to move into its own thread (though I would add to her reasonable project of untangling the various political knots of the day that whether the POTUS is literally compromised by Russian intelligence is the first – and, until it’s definitely answered, the only – question that needs to be asked about Trump’s first 100 days; admittedly, however, circles had in the last miserable quagmire of a thread been walked in and then walked in again).
Even if no new evidence ever emerges from the Congressional committees and federal agencies investigating the Trump campaign for collusion with GRU, this is already the story of the decade. If an alternate-reality Barack Obama who was given to lying about Russian money in his finances had run in 2008 or 2012 on sanctions/NATO-collective-defense skepticism while actively benefitting from a deliberate, illegal, and unprecedented Kremlin influence operation designed to help elect him in subversion of American law & sovereignty, the Right would have rightly lit up and melted in a ball of white-hot patriotic outrage.
Instead, the stooge-candidate ran next to the letter “R.” Betrayals of principle and country have always had their market values, but I admit to being surprised upon learning that so many “conservatives” are happy to render the service of invertebrate quislingism in exchange for a payment that is so strictly and uselessly alphabetic.
Anyway, my intention in creating this thread is not to continue touring the mangled wreckage of the great alt-right Thernovichian hive-mind: it’s to discuss this matter with adults as developments appear on the horizon. Until then, the smooth sounds of the past, which is rumored not even to be past: