"Just four years ago, Mitt Romney was warning that Russia was 'our No. 1 geopolitical foe' and saying, 'Russia does continue to battle us in the U.N. time and time again. I have clear eyes on this. I'm not going to wear rose-colored glasses when it comes to Russia, or Mr. Putin.' The statement was roundly mocked by progressives at the time, and while the 'no. 1' designation may still be up for debate, Romney's statement at the very least looks a great deal more prescient than he was given credit for. In the wake of Putin's annexation of Crimea, the DNC hacks, and Russian intervention in Syria, many of the liberals who mocked Romney are now saying much the same thing.
"Clinton was perhaps cynical in invoking the most famous of Republican Cold Warriors on Thursday, saying, 'What would Ronald Reagan say about a Republican nominee who attacks American's generals and heaps praise on Russia’s president?' but it does seem likely the Gipper would be taken aback."
Inspired by the Trump campaign, David A. Graham at The Atlantic looks at the growing ardor conservatives have for Vladimir Putin.