For the record, I called this at the time it was happening. There was no other explanation for why such a random thing so totally antithetical to the Republican Party’s approach to foreign policy would suddenly become their official policy. As absurd as it sounded at the time, there just wasn’t any other explanation that I could see that made any sense other than outright corruption and subversion. And so here we are:
In the context of everything we know now, the long denied effort to soften the Russia/Ukraine language in the GOP platform seems almost certainly to be a part of this on-going series of quid pro quos and mutual confidence building measures unfolding over the course of the campaign.