While I do agree that it is extremely unfortunate that Bernie is toeing the Party line on #RussiaGate, it should be noted that he did vote against sanctions, and was essentially crucified for that — even though he said it was not to do anything nice to Russia.

In short, while I really regret what he is doing, and have to add one more thing to my list of things in which I disagree with Bernie, I can see why he thinks he needs to protect his flank.

The 2020 Primary is going to be a bruising battle, and he more than anyone knows how the DNC, the Dem Elites and their lickspittles in the MSM will attack him. I suppose what he is doing now is designed to give them less cannon fodder.

Also, if he is planning to run as a Democrat, he needs to be cognizant of where the Democratic base itself stands on the Russian issue — and folks, it is not a good place:

I suppose one can only swim upstream so much, and Bernie doesn’t want to make the Russia issue the hill he is ready to die on.

Joe is a US Ex-Pat with dual US-EU citizenship, who travels Europe extensively, commenting on trends, attitudes, politics and more.

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