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To Helsinki in a Handbasket

Can You Believe?

Can you believe the endless meltdown of Trump’s travels – from the G7 to NATO to the UK to Helsinki? Might be the most disastrous foreign trip since Napoleon’s march on Moscow.

Can you believe that would means wouldn’t and ally means enemy? George Orwell must be rolling over in his grave.

Can you believe Dana Rohrabacher’s claiming that Russian agent Maria Butina’s infiltration of the GOP was no big deal and that U.S. meddling in Russian elections was worse than theirs in ours? It’s time for Dana to start shopping for his retirement dacha. 

Hits and Misses – the week’s best and worst moves

Hit of the Week: Senator John McCain’s denunciation of Trump’s Helsinki disaster, culminating in the scathing indictment that “No prior president has ever abased himself more abjectly before a tyrant.” On the short list of patriotic Republicans, Senator McCain again rises to the top.

Miss of the Week: White House press secretary Sarah Sanders’s pathetic attempts to walk back Trump’s statements about Russian interference in U.S. elections, especially her lame attempt to say that his “No” answer was no answer.

Hot House Races of the Week

The choice for this week’s hottest race is a three-way tossup, as are the races themselves – all in formerly deep-red districts. In CA-04, recent polls show Jessica Morse running neck-and-neck with extreme right-wing Congressman Tom McClintock. In CA-48, Harley Rouda has caught up with Putin’s favorite Congressman. And in CA-49, Mike Levin is now running ahead of longtime GOP hack Diane Harkey. These seats are all within our grasp, and so is control of the House!

Fighting Back

On this week’s podcast, Nicole and I review the Helsinki debacle and the ongoing difficulty of reuniting immigrant children with their parents. Then I speak with journalist Michael Isikoff on what Trump’s blunders and backtracking on Russia mean for America. In her Hot Race segment, Nicole talks with Andrew Janz, who is running against Devin Nunes in CA-22.