Talking Montana and Russia on MSNBC

On Friday evening I joined Chris Hayes on MSNBC to about the Montana special election and its implications for Republicans. An hour or two before the show, the Washington Post dropped a bombshell report that Jared Kushner had discussed secret back-channel communications with the Russians in a previously unreported meeting during the transition period. With the news coloring the rest of the show, the segment ended up being a bit of a mashup.

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On Russia, Comey and the Ghost of Bombshells Past

Over at Medium I wrote up a tweetstorm on the Russia/Comey imbroglio and why Republicans might be haunted by the Access Hollywood tape and its anticlimactic aftermath.

Surely this was it. The SS Trump had hit an iceberg, and Republicans were scrambling for life jackets. He had survived ugly moments before, but this was different.

Or was it? The ever observant Chris Stirewalt noted the terms in which most of disavowals had been couched. They had left themselves a rhetorical bread crumb trail just in case.

Surely not, I said. There’s no putting the toothpaste back in the tube.

In a way we were both right.

Full post here.

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