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For future reference, remember how MSNBC savaged Romney on Russia

In light of Russia’s post-Olympics shenanigans in Ukraine abundantly proving he was right, The Right Stuff hasn’t yet seen where Mitt Romney – much maligned in 2012 for predicting mischief by Vladimir Putin’s uber-nationalistic Bear – has squashed that toldja-so grapefruit in his detractors’ faces.

Luckily, Mediaite’s Noah Rothman is here to perform the honors on Romney’s behalf. It’s a joyful, maddening tour-de-skewering, not least because the know-nothings coasted on their naive, irresponsible world view to four more increasingly dangerous years. But revealing where the left has been aggressively, spectacularly wrong in the past is almost certainly a predictor of future outcomes.

You should read it all here, but this little tease offers a glimpse of Rothman’s thoroughgoing takedown:

“The smug self-assuredness that often suffices for expertise on cable news was perhaps never smugger than when former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney warned the American public that Russia was rapidly positioning itself as America’s ‘number one geopolitical foe.’ Among the worst offenders were the hosts and guests who provide MSNBC with content on a daily basis.

“In early 2012, President Barack Obama was caught on an open microphone telling Russia’s then-President Dmitry Medvedev that he would have more ‘flexibility’ after the presidential election in his dealings with Russia. Romney reacted strongly to that comment. Appearing on CNN, the GOP nominee said that the United States should regard Russia as a geopolitical adversary and should work to limit Russia’s flexibility rather than to secure it. His observation was soundly criticized by the president’s defenders who, at the time, were still attempting to rehabilitate Obama’s floundering ‘Reset’ with Russia. ...

“The president and his political appointees were the worst offenders when it came to mocking Romney’s clearly vindicated assessment of the threat posed by Russia. ‘The 1980s called, they want their foreign policy back,’ Obama told Romney during a presidential debate. ‘Romney talks like he’s only seen Russia by watching Rocky IV,’ Secretary of State John Kerry announced to a squealing crowed at the Democratic National Convention.

“This habit has apparently died hard. Obama’s advisors are still scoffing at their Republican counterparts in the flailing effort to mask their own readily apparent failures even as Russian heavy artillery rolled across the border.

“These and other dubious assurances are forgivable from the political class, but they are inexcusable coming from self-described members of the press. Their job is to determine accuracy or validity of the statements made by political actors in order to separate fact from fiction. That responsibility was abdicated by the personalities above in 2012 in defense of their preferred political outcome. That kind of behavior is so many things, but one thing it is not is journalism.”