Ye shall judge a man by his enemies: If Russia does not like Mitt Romney…

**Posted by Phineas

…Then I call that a big point in Romney’s favor, especially when the Russians deign to tell us Obama is acceptable:

Alexey Pushkov, chairman of the international affairs committee of the State Duma, said in a recent interview that Russian leaders have noted Romney’s comments with concern, and are watching with interest as neoconservative and “realist” advisers maneuver for influence within the campaign.

“We don’t think that for us Romney will be an easy partner,” said Pushkov, an ally of President Vladimir Putin. “We think that Romney will be, on the rhetorical side, a replay of the Bush administration.”

He also noted Romney’s statements that the United States should assert its dominance in the 21st century.

“If he is serious about this, I’m afraid he may choose the neocon-type people…In the first year of his presidency, we may have a full-scale crisis,” he said.


Pushkov said that the “reset” in U.S.-Russia relations that Obama has portrayed as a signature foreign policy accomplishment “is stuck, basically. It needs another reset.”

Nevertheless, though the U.S. and Russia are at odds on issues such as Syria and missile defense, Obama would be “acceptable” as a partner for Russia in a second term, Pushkov said.

I guess the information was transmitted to Vladimir, as promised.

Romney’s communications shop is sharp. Expect to see this in a commercial some time between now and November. While the economy is the dominant issue, foreign affairs are still important, and Russia is ruthlessly pursuing its perceived self-interest in a desperate struggle to remain a relevant power. (Which will get harder and harder — they’re dying demographically.) I’d much rather have someone in office who believes a dominant America is a good thing for the world, rather than someone who perceives American power as the problem and chooses decline and appeasement.

Oh, and thanks for the concern, Alexey! We’ll be sure to take your advice into account on Election Day!

LINK: More at Hot Air

PS: Romney 2012

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

Andy Griffith, 86, passes away

A beloved American actor has passed away – via WITN:

Former UNC President Bill Friday says Andy Griffith died this morning in Dare County. Friday, who is a close friend of the actor, confirmed that to WITN News.

Friday tells us the 86-year-old actor died at his Dare County home around 7:00 a.m. this morning.

Griffith was born in Mount Airy, and is most known for his television role as “Andy Taylor” from 1960 to 1968.

“Mayberry’s” not the only town mourning the loss of “Sheriff Taylor” this morning.

I have been a devoted fan of Griffith’s show for ages, its lessons timeless. I don’t even know right now how to write a fitting, proper tribute – except to say he will be sorely missed, and his body ofacting work will never be forgotten, not by his North Carolina fans, nor the millions of fans he has worldwide.

RIP, sir.

Thoughts and prayers are with Griffith’s family.

#NC8’s Larry Kissell: Another elected Democrat running away from Obama

The Charlotte Observer reports today on yet another Democrat who can’t get away from President Obama fast enough in an election year:

Democratic U.S. Rep. Larry Kissell, whose rural North Carolina district has become even more Republican, is bucking his party again in two high-profile congressional votes.

Last week, Kissell was one of 17 Democrats who voted with Republicans to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in criminal contempt of Congress. And next week, he plans to vote with them again to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care law.

“I’ve heard from hundreds and hundreds of people from my district about their opposition to the health care law,” Kissell told the Observer Monday. “I voted against it originally and I will vote to repeal it.”

Kissell also said he doesn’t plan to endorse Obama for re-election and isn’t sure he’ll attend his party’s national convention in Charlotte.

Kissell represents the 8th District, which runs from Mecklenburg County to Robeson County. Last year’s redistricting added heavily Republican areas of Rowan, Davidson and Randolph counties while removing thousands of Democratic voters in Charlotte and Fayetteville.

Redrawn districts have helped make him and Rep. Mike McIntyre of Robeson County – who also voted to find Holder in contempt – two of the most vulnerable Democratic incumbents in the country.

The GOP nominee for this seat has not yet been decided – Scott Keadle and Richard Hudson will face off one more time July 17th in a runoff. As per the Observer, Hudson just received the endorsement of former Ark. Governor and candidate for President Mike Huckabee, while Keadle has gotten a nice chunk of change from the conservative Club for Growth ($716,000 so far).

NC-8 is a true swing district in this state, even with it being redrawn, and Kissell’s hard tilt to the right just might convince the newly added Republicans to vote to keep him in office in November. But because of the district being redrawn, naturally the fight to keep his seat becomes more challenging in a year which sees President Obama’s popularity decreasing every day among key voting blocs – especially independents, so Republicans in his district are not the only people whose vote he has to worry about winning. Oh, and my money’s on him NOT attending the DNC in September. It’s become the trendy thing among Democrats to declare, you know.

To be continued …