As the crisis in Ukraine continues to unfold rapidly, Republicans aren’t waiting for the dust to settle before declaring that they saw it coming.
Predictions from the likes of President Obama’s 2008 presidential opponents Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Sarah Palin, and Obama’s 2012 Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney are making 2014 seem like a hangover of presidential election’s past.
Remember that hot mic moment in the heat of the 2012 elections when President Obama was caught promising Vladimir Putin more “flexibility” after he was re-elected? Well McCain does.
“By the way, a couple of my favorites: ‘Tell Vladimir that I’ll be more flexible when I’m re-elected.’ Tell Vladimir I’ll be more flexible when I’m re-elected?” said McCain at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference in Washington today, his voice dripping with sarcasm.
“This is the ultimate result of a feckless foreign policy where nobody believes in America’s strength anymore,” he added.
Indeed, it seems that those who have been beating the drum about Putin’s cold war aspirations are feeling somewhat vindicated.
Supporters of Romney, who has so far been absent from the recent fray on Russia’s bold move to essentially occupy Crimea, are quick to argue that his 2012 declaration of Russia as the U.S. “number one geopolitical foe” was anything but a gaffe.
At the time, Democrats mocked him, and even President Obama used the comments to attack Romney in a debate.
— The Democrats (@TheDemocrats) October 23, 2012
Those tweets from over a year ago are suddenly coming back to haunt Democrats.
What was that Romney thinking when he dangerously claimed Russia was our #1 geopolitical foe? That idio…. Oh, wait…
— Tammy Bruce (@HeyTammyBruce) February 28, 2014
Romney may be staying on the sidelines for now, but Palin, on the other hand, has jumped right in.
As a vice presidential candidate in 2008, and McCain’s running mate, Palin delivered a foreign policy speech attacking President Obama and predicting that Putin would “invade Ukraine” next.
Fast forward to 2014, with Russian troops on Ukrainian soil in Crimea, Palin savored the moment in a Facebook post.
“Yes, I could see this one from Alaska. I’m usually not one to Told-Ya-So, but I did…” she wrote.