Why the left needs to wise up to the growing Trump-Russia scandal

It's a story that matters to leftist political goals

President Trump.
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Since the start of the Trump-Russia investigation, there has been a vein of skepticism and apathy about it on the American left. I once at least partly agreed, especially a year ago when liberal commentary heavily featured total fruitcakes like Louise Mensch and Eric Garland.

But I'm increasingly convinced that Russiagate (a deeply unfortunate appellation, but one that seems to have stuck) is an important issue that must not be dismissed. The cranks have largely been banished from polite company, and compelling evidence continues to pour in. That does not mean that some liberals are not still driving themselves into hysterics over it, nor does it foreclose the possibility of running a campaign mostly based on concrete issues important to Americans like health care, student debt, and so on. That is still the best strategy for 2018 and 2020, in my view.

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