Dem Senator on MSNBC: Russia’s “Weak” Invasion Proof of Obama’s “Strength”

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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If Russia invades Alaska, just think how weak Putin will look then.

Senator Chris Murphy went to the Ukraine. Then he came back to appear on Chris Hayes’ All In on MSNBC to explain how everything is just fine.

“Frankly the fact that we are here today with a very weak Russia, having the entirety of the Ukraine turn away and having engaged in a panicky reaction is partly a result of the United States’ strength on this issue, standing with the protesters,” Senator Chris Murphy said.

Civilians might be a bit confused. Usually it’s the countries doing the invading who are strong and the countries standing there frowning impotently who are weak. But soft power advocates know that real strength comes from not invading countries and not doing anything to stop those who do.

Obama’s minions trying to claim that supporting the protesters from a distance is strength is cynical and hypocritical. It’s the greatest show of strength from Obama Inc. since he eventually decided to sorta support the Iranian protesters, but eventually cut a deal with Iran to let it go nuclear anyway.

Chris Hayes, always eager to go to the left of the left, worried that sanctions on Russia would “escalate” the situation.

Murphy replied that, “You’ve got to give Putin the chance to reverse course.”

Why would Putin reverse course considering that he just successfully seized the Crimea and Obama has made it clear that he will do nothing about it?

Elsewhere, Murphy frantically kept on spinning, claiming that this is really a big loss for Putin.

He pointed out that the Crimean population is about 2 million out of a total of 45 million people in Ukraine.

“Ultimately, if the end result is that the other 43 million join the European Union, this is a huge loss for Putin, not a win,” he said.

Murphy hasn’t gotten the memo, but Putin isn’t stopping with Crimea. It’s not clear that he will stop at all. Not when Obama is showing so much “strength”.

But fortunately Murphy has the solution.

First President Obama’s humorous Web interview went viral. Now it’s a bona fide phenomenon, at least one Democratic senator said.

Sen. Chris Murphy, Connecticut Democrat, plans to speak about the “Between Two Ferns Effect” on the chamber floor Wednesday morning, a reference to Mr. Obama’s decision to tout his health care law this week on a parody show hosted by comedian Zach Galifianakis.

Poor pathetic Putin. How can he hope to win without the “Between Two Ferns Effect”?

  • tagfu222

    This reminds me of the story kids used to tell.
    “I pushed my nose forcefully into his fist and then pulled him to the ground heavily on top of me.”

    • truebearing

      Yeah, my face looks bad, but you should have seen his knuckles.

  • Gee

    Heck if Odumba gets anymore powerful – he will get down and lick Putin’s shoes

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Obama BOWS to Saudi Kings to demonstrate his strength.

  • A Z

    Senator Chris Murphy has soft hands. His father was a lawyer. Nothing is wrong with having a father as a lawyer. But it gives you a clue as to what type of neighborhood he lived or schools he attended. He went to college and promptly went to law school like most other Congress Critters. He entered the CT state legislature at 25.

    In summation he lived as an upper middle class or upper class brat, went to college and became a politician.

    Senator Chris Murphy is a pretty boy who has no common sense.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Murphy_(politician)

  • A Z

    The Life of Murphy or “How to Fail Upward”.

    “‘Murphy claimed that he did not know he was in default until legal proceedings started. Murphy received a loan at the rate of ***4.99% *** from Webster Bank in 2008 to consolidate his previous mortgages after being sued for FORECLOSURE.

    1) At the time of this loan, Murphy was serving on the House Financial Services Committee

    2) In 2008, Webster Bank’s political action committee made numerous donations to Murphy’s campaign and in 2005 and 2006,

    3) Murphy worked for Webster as an attorney. In 2008, Murphy voted for the

    4) Troubled Asset Relief Program which Webster received $400 million in 2009.”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Murphy_(politician)#Personal_life

    • A Z

      Average Loan Rates:

      The average rates for a consolidation loan are variable. While it is true that the figures will differ based on personal data, you should expect a reasonably high rate if you qualify for the loan based on the particular lender.

      Those who have good credit ratings can expect interest rates that are usually around ***12 ****to ***15*** percent or so.

      http://www.nationaldebtrelief.com/average-debt-consolidation-loan-rates/

    • jakespoon

      I can believe he didn’t know he was in default,he’s a moron. And crooked.

      • Gerry

        The only thinks he knows is crookery,like the rest of his fellows,pardon felons Dems.

  • Erudite Mavin

    Up is down and black is white is Murphy’s world
    Then you have Ron Paul cheering on Putin in his articles
    and his right to take over Crimea.
    This crowd live on the rainbow unicorn ranch

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      MORON Paul is a SOCIALIST.

  • antioli

    So Obama was strong because Russia did not sweep over the Ukraine and Poland and annex Alaska? Russia also did not destroy China ,India or Mongolia;
    There Obama is strong beyond all reason

  • Habbgun

    Brave Sir Robin ran away.

    Bravely ran away away.

    When danger reared it’s ugly head,

    He bravely turned his tail and fled.

    Yes, brave Sir Robin turned about

    And gallantly he chickened out.

    Bravely taking to his feet,

    He beat a very brave retreat.

    Bravest of the braaaave, Sir Robin!

  • danshanteal

    Murphy Who? This guy is wet behind the ears.

    • Drakken

      I think it is Murphy’s Law.

  • jakespoon

    If we could harness the energy of that spin,we’d need no more drilling. And they are getting very energetic and creative in their spin. Only idiots buy that story. The press should be offended that O and company would think that they would buy the story,but instead…they’ll bolster him once again.

  • truebearing

    If that doesn’t work, Obama will appear on one comedy show after another, in a rapid fire display of his intimidating comic manliness.

    • truebearing

      If Putin persists, Obama will be forced to send our military’s first gay dance troupe to Nome! Ha! Russia doesn’t even have one!

    • iluvisrael

      then he can chuckle in that phony way of his claiming it’s ‘like the special olympics’ – such a classy guy

  • Veracious_one

    dang Obama koolaid is powerful stuff…

    • truebearing

      Yes, now fortified with estrogen!

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        Estrogen poisoning.

  • Ellsworth Toohey

    Crimea is back to mother Russia ! Could you get that ? Oh, BTW, Russia and China don’t care about Africa America anymore ! Sad to say but the US of A are history, gone the founding fathers spirit !

  • Gerry

    The gangster and loons are running the country,and people like O(;Reilly wonder why the Europeans,in particular,are hesitant coming togheter with the US.Who wants to be associated with this type?.

  • ping

    Given the large amount of fascistic nationalists in the Maidan who are anti-Russian and anti-EU it’s still an open question if Ukraine will even end up joining the EU. Too often Westerners assume that the “enemy of my enemy” in Eastern Europe are liberal democrats like themselves, when much of the time they’re far-right and far-left kooks.

  • Larry Larkin

    He’s using “NewSpeak” from 1984 as his textbook.
    “War is Peace, Peace is War”.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Appeasement is Strength!

    • CoastalMaineBird

      Obama is Sane!

  • bob e

    connecticut really needs that idiot senator…