One of the curious effects of the recent election is the Republican Party’s dramatic turnabout on Russia and Putin. Those of us old enough to remember Senator Joseph McCarthy find this change both starling and amusing.


Oddly, some on the left defend Putin because they think that any criticism of Russia is red-baiting. But Russia is no longer red or Communist, which is why Republicans are eager to join in the Great Billionaire Barbecue.


This article by James Kerchick tells the the story of the Republican-Russia romance. Now even Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin are fans of Putin and his revival of state capitalism and conservative white Christendom.