You remember the Optics Police, right?
Their motto is, "Re vera sensus est." Perception is reality.
So now consider the "optics," and "appearance" and "perception" of the following entry from the electric Twitter machine account of Senator Ron (Shred of Freedom) Johnson, Republican of Wisconsin, and chairman of the Senate's Homeland Security committee.
Senator Ron Johnson
What does July 4th mean to me? Freedom. Every American should jealously guard their individual liberty and freedom. Happy #4thofJuly
7:35 AM - Jul 4, 2018
Pretty standard holiday bunting-draped bunkum, no? That's only if you ignore that:
a) when this entry was posted, Johnson was in Russia as part of a GOP-only delegation trying to make sure the road is smoothed for the president's annual performance review in Helsinki;
b) that it was posted while Johnson was in Russia not three days after the Senate Intelligence Committee joined with the entire U.S. intelligence community in concluding that Russia had ratfcked the 2016 election on behalf of the current president;
c) that it was posted while Johnson was in Russia the same day in which two more Britons were felled by the same nerve agent that had nearly killed a Russian defector and his daughter;
d) that it was posted while Johnson was in Russia on the Fourth of Freaking July, aka Independence Day.
I mean, honestly, that's got to call for the Optics Police SWAT team, especially now that it's clear that the attack on liberal Western democracies -- for which Russia at the very least is cheering -- is becoming a wildfire in Europe.
The same should be true of all the Republican senators who made this little junket to visit the Volga Bagmen on this country's 242nd birthday, and that especially includes Richard Shelby (R-Easy Mark), Republican of Alabama.
From the WaPo:
Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.) told Russia's foreign minister that while Russia and the United States were competitors, "we don't necessarily need to be adversaries." Later on at the State Duma, the lower house of parliament, members attending a plenary session greeted the Americans with applause. "I'm not here today to accuse Russia of this or that or so forth," Shelby told Duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin. "I'm saying that we should all strive for a better relationship."
We are adversaries because Vladimir Putin stands in proud opposition to everything we were supposed to be celebrating ...
... the only way any political price for this incredible blundering ever will be paid is if the Optics Police do their jobs as enthusiastically as we've seen them do it in other contexts.
Early signs are not promising.
While the Republicans were toasting autocrats and jabberwocks in Russia, on the Fourth of July, the Optics Police were very busy checking out how liberals on Martha's Vineyard for refusing to give Alan Dershowitz a cookie.
Just so I have all this straight ... 8 Republican Senators travel to Moscow and sell out America in the Russian Parliament, and are applauded for it by Russian lawmakers ...
These 8 GOP Benedict Arnolds are traitorous scum. Sickening.