It was as recent as August that actress and activist Alyssa Milano was blaming the result of a special election in Ohio on Russian meddling:

The Nation has noticed that Democrats have dropped Russia completely in the run-up to the midterm elections, and writer Aaron Maté thinks that’s a good thing:

On one level, it is unsurprising that the election has been focused on issues that impact voters’ lives, rather than the byzantine bureaucratic drama that has consumed Washington and elite media since Trump’s election. But after months of fearmongering about a sweeping Russian interference effort and a compromised, complicit president, perhaps we are also seeing the penny start to drop: Russiagate, for all its hype, has not gone as advertised.

Take the supposed Russian threat to the midterms. For months, intelligence officials and prominent media outlets have bombarded us with warnings about “a pervasive messaging campaign by Russia to try to weaken and divide the United States” (Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats), a threat so dire that we might as well dub the vote the “The Moscow Midterms” (FiveThirtyEight) and acknowledge that “we’re defenseless against Russian sabotage in the midterm elections,” (Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin). The New York Times informed readers in July that Coats had likened “the persistent danger of Russian cyberattacks today…to the warnings the United States had of stepped-up terror threats ahead of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.” “The warning lights are blinking red again,” he said.

“The Moscow Midterms” — that’s a good one.

The Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald has thoughts:

Guys … do you not follow Alyssa Milano’s Twitter feed or what? The Russians have already stolen a House seat, and don’t forget Sen. Bill Nelson in August revealing that the Russians had penetrated Florida’s voter system … maybe. But probably not.

When is the Russia hysteria coming back? Maybe if Mueller ever finishes his investigation?


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