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Miles from the Mainstream
D. R. ZUKERMAN, proprietor

Et tu, Gerald Seib? -- 
With Some Follow-up

December 5, 2019 --

Wall Street Journal columnist Gerald Seib, writing in his November 26 column,  asserted that Russian President Vladimir Putin  "must be amazed" at his success in "sowing discord within the U.S. political system." 

(LPR is getting to think that the "sowing discord" cliche represents media acceptance of the assertion to that effect,  stated at the beginning of the Mueller Report.)   

Mr. Seib then took note of  the forthcoming talks [December 9] between President Putin and Ukraine President Volodomyr Zelensky,  and suggested that because of "domestic U.S.  political fights" concerning Ukraine, Mr. Zelensky is likely to be  "less certain of support from Washington in his country's confrontation with Russia."   

LPR here offers a variation on that theme.

What if President Zelensky decided to  imagine the way  his fictional tv character would respond to President Trump's request that he  speak with Attorney General Barr and Rudy Giuliani; and Democratic senators telling him to talk to the State Department? 

What if Mr. Zelensky's fictional president  -- Vasyl Petrovych Holoborodko --  advised "no good will come from this," and suggested that his real-life counterpart  do an end run around the squabbling Americans by dealing directly with Putin?" 

Holoborodko would continue,   "The art of the deal, as the Donald might call it.   And with the Ukraine problem settled, Ukraine would break free of the  political tug of war between the Democrats and the Donald."    "Excellent advice,"  Mr. Zelensky would tell "President Holoborodko," who would respond, " plus, this might get you and Putin the Nobel Peace Prize!"