We can walk and chew gum at the same time…
Meddling, collusion, and Ukraine vs. Russia
In the coming days, it will be important to keep our heads straight. This will require some mental discipline, as the mainstream media seem determined to keep our heads muddled.
This point occurred to me forcibly while watching Ted Cruz talk to Chuck Todd on Meet the Press on Sunday. More on that, including the video, below.
The topic here is what we’re talking about when the question of “Ukraine meddling in the 2016 election” comes up. The reality is that there’s not a whole lot there, if you emphasize the words “Ukraine meddling.” There is substance, yes. A Ukrainian court has certified that it thinks Ukraine meddled in the U.S. election.
But the real issue is whether Americans leveraged cooperation from Ukraine to behave unethically – and possibly to behave criminally – in the 2016 election. Ukraine’s actions could not have any significant effect, undertaken without the complicity of Americans.
The real proposition about Russian interference, however, is a different one.