Because Putin is praying for his MAGA boys to take Congress this November.

There is a lot of news about Russia today, and it’s all like “Vladimir Putin is cornered and losing, and this is what Vladimir Putin does when cornered and losing.”

In a move that may not play well with his people, Putin is calling in some 300,000 reservists; it’s not a complete draft, but it exposes a Russian genocidal effort that has been hit with losses at the hands of the good guys. (He might even take some time to get them up and running, according to analysts.) Let’s say it might not work well with his people because Putin’s takeover requires as little consent from the Russian people as possible. He wants them apathetic. (For more information, read the latest Timothy Snyder.) He Wants you to watch “The Great Russian Borscht Making Contest”. He wants them to ride the stupid Ferris wheel he built as a gift for him people who broke after a day, literally as Russian troops ran out of Ukraine with their tails tucked up their asses.

(Imagine how unlucky your country must be for the president building you a Ferris wheel that doesn’t work. “There’s nothing like that in Europe,” Putin boasted. I’m not sure a team of Russian scientists later unveiled. the “funnel cake” or “booth to win stuffed Russian bear!” but maybe.)

In Putin’s wailing and angry speech to his nation this morning, he yelled at the West for supporting Ukraine and bragged about his great modern Russian weapons, which we are sure of. probably work better than “Ferris wheel”.

“To those who allow themselves such claims about Russia, I want to remind you that our country also has various means of destruction and some components are more modern than those of NATO countries,” he said.

Putin also spoke of upcoming (fake) referendums in the Ukrainian territories annexed (stolen) by Russia – to the east, Donetsk and Luhansk, and to the south, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia – where people will vote (“vote”) to say they love Russia and you want to be part of it. After that, according to the theory, any attack on those regions is an attack on Russia (not Russia).

Putin wants us all to know that he is not bluffing.

“If the territorial integrity of our country is threatened, we will certainly use all means at our disposal to protect Russia and our people,” he said. “This is not a bluff.”

Some call all these angry words “veiled” nuclear threats, even if they do not seem very “veiled” to us.

In response, Ukraine said “oh fuck you”, or whatever you say in Ukrainian. (Вбирайся! According to Google Translate!) The New York Times he calls Ukraine’s reaction “contemptuous and mocking”. For instance:

Mykhailo Podolyak, an advisor to President Volodymyr Zelensky, said Putin’s remarks reflect the Russian leader’s desperation on the 210th day of a war he promised would be short and limited.

“The Russians who demanded the destruction of Ukraine ended up getting: Mobilization. Closed borders, blocking of bank accounts. Prison for desertion, ”said Mr. Podolyak. “Everything is still according to plan, right?”

impertinent! And then:

“The referendums and mobilization in the Russian Federation will have no consequence, except for the acceleration of the collapse and revolution in Putin’s Russia,” said Oleksiy Arestovych, adviser to the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky.

Another government official, Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to the Ukrainian Interior Ministry, said: “I think Russia is headed for its 1917”, which are VERY EXPECTED WORDS if you know anything about Russian history or have seen one of the film versions of Anastasia and I think that makes you an expert.

Zelenskyy, in his speech to his own nation last night, called any false vote by Putin a “false”. Furthermore:

“We enjoy the full support of our partners in this,” Zelensky said. “So let’s keep the pressure. We preserve unity. Let’s defend Ukraine. We are liberating our land. And we show no signs of weakness “.

In his speech to the United Nations on Wednesday morning, President Joe Biden made it clear that Russia’s war was about “extinguishing Ukraine’s right to exist as a state.” He assaulted Putin’s “irresponsible nuclear threats” and said “We will stand in solidarity with the Russian aggression”.

So, as we said, a lot of news about Russia and a lot of solidarity among the good people of the world to make it through. But at the same time, a weak and cornered Vladimir Putin is scary as hell.

It would be a shame if something happened in November and America’s enemies / Putin’s allies were to upset the balance of power and threaten America’s ability to provide aid.

Who can turn the tables for Putin? MAGA fascist shit could help!

oh what is that Democratic Senator Chris Murphy?

There is a lot at stake for America in the mid-term of November. And there is a lot at stake for Ukraine as well. And Putin knows this.

In an interview with the Washington Post, Murphy says aid to Ukraine could go away if MAGA fascists win. or in the House or the Senate, but that the House is the greatest danger. Greg Sargent and Paul Waldman note that Senate Republicans are generally pretty good at funding Ukraine – the Biden administration is currently asking for $ 12 billion more – but think that if the henchmen take over the house, you can probably say goodbye. after January. They point to Defense News, which reports that the current Republican leadership of the House will not undertake to finance Ukraine in the event of a takeover of the GOP government. Traditional former republican bodies like Heritage Action are now telling members of Congress to vote against aid to Ukraine. More and more people are listening, including 57 who voted against aid to Ukraine in May.

All this means the openly declared enemies of Ukraine it’s not quite the outliers that were:

More from Murphy:

“I think there is a real risk that the continued resolution is the last time we provide funding to Ukraine,” Murphy said, noting that this is more of a threat to the House because its members are more tied to Trump. […]

“The MAGA wing of the party, which is the dominant wing, says and thinks a lot of good things about Putin,” Murphy told us.

Do you think Putin may have put into his chronology some ideas about how, if he managed to limp through January, the Biden administration might have to sing a different tune to help Ukraine, if some of Putin’s allies took over. part of Congress?

Also, as Putin’s best boyfriend, Tucker Carlson, said a few weeks ago, just before the weekend when Ukraine began completely annihilating Russia and claiming territory, “By any real measure based on reality, Vladimir Putin is not losing the war in Ukraine – the winning war in Ukraine ”.

Surely Putin’s boys in America could help him turn everything around if only he could hold out until next year, right?

“The Ukrainians are making serious progress and will probably continue to make progress in the next year,” Murphy told us. “If the Republicans win in the House and rumors begin to leak that they have finished funding Ukraine, it has a potentially catastrophic impact on Ukrainian morale and their ability to carry on the fight.”

It seems to us Putin’s goal. Bet your ass.

[New York Times / Washington Post]

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