It is a tempest-in-a-teapot (common nowadays) so I haven’t spent much time with it.

By itself it is a tempest in a teapot. Other things that apparently happened there make it more than a tempest. In the context of other Russian connections it becomes a storm. But apparently in what seems to be your lefter-than-though purism, you see all tempests as the same.

I have probably been at least as critical of Obama and Clinton as you, and I’d bet for more years. In my life I’ve closed down a draft board, organized marches, written articles and books critical of the neoliberal corporatists as well as right wing nihilists, spoken at rallies against war in Iraq, both before and after American aggression, etc., etc.

For myself, I try to see the choices we have and the issues with which we must deal in as large a context regarding the well-being of others as possible. You’re a White guy, I’d bet, but with less willingness to put yourself in the shoes of women, the sick, and Mexicans than I. So I see distinctions where you apparently see none.