The right enemy can be extremely useful to a politician; after all, the nature of the game is to draw contrasts with an opponent. With an adversary as infamous as Putin, it's easy to reap the rewards.
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If you really want this whole story to go away, you just have to have your people find a better story that will draw more ratings and leak that to Chris Matthews or Sean Hannity. It's like tossing a nice, fresh steak into the lion's den.
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