Even despite recent sanctions, Republicans -- yes Republicans -- remain the biggest fans of Russia.
The party of near-pathological hatred of communist Russia for decades has a crush on those bad boys.
True, Congress recently OK'd a round of sanctions against Russia, and the GOP's sometimes leader, Donald Trump, signed the penalties -- which were passed by overwhelmingly veto-proof margins in both chambers.
But as Trump's ties to Russia -- whether in the 2016 election or the decades of financial ties -- increasingly turn sinister, Congressional Republicans had to break down and give themselves cover.
And Russia today is not the Soviet Union once pursued by Joe McCarthy, Richard Nixon and their red-bating Republican minions.
But at the same time, much is the same:
Russia today is still run by a corrupt oligarchy of one-percenters who aggressively pursue their interests abroad while marginalizing, if not making criminals of or even murdering, those who dissent.
Seems to me that's exactly what Trump and most Republicans want to see in America.
And they're well on their way to taking us there.