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(CNN) -- While hosting CNN's Crossfire this week, I said: "Republicans are practically cheering for Vladimir Putin today. He's given them a new excuse to bash President Obama."

Comment: Bit sensational, and facetious.

I pointed out that Republicans have been slamming Obama for his handling of the Ukraine crisis even though I have not heard a single, specific way in which they would handle the situation differently. No new ideas, just new insults.

Comment: No they are acting like moneys in a zoo throwing faeces at the tour guide while he pontificates to a gaggle of 1st graders. ( Psst. You're one of them. )

The howls came quickly, and my assertion has been repeatedlyattacked and mischaracterized. But the evidence to support it is, troublingly, everywhere.

Comment: Sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.

I'm not saying Republicans are pro-Putin or that they want him to invade Ukraine. But they certainly have - conveniently, even gleefully -- found a good way to put Putin's actions to political use at home. Just listen to former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani on Monday: "Putin decides what he wants to do and he does it in half a day... he makes a decision and he executes it. Quickly. Then everybody reacts. That's what you call a leader."

Comment: You know a man is good when even the insults from his enemies are a kind of praise.

And Sarah Palin: "People are looking at Putin as one who wrestles bears and drills for oil; they look at our President as one who wears mom jeans and equivocates and bloviates."

Comment: Sounds like someone has been reading the Thesaurus. Easy way to tell when an idiot tries to look smart: They suddenly use obscure words as if they always have.


Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, has weighed in: "We have a weak and indecisive President that invites aggression," as did Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas: "Emboldened by President Obama's trembling inaction, Vladimir Putin has invaded the Crimea region of Ukraine."

Comment: Hot Air Posturing to maintain the facade that America has at least a two party system.

Listen, there's nothing wrong with criticizing the President's policy positions or actions. To hold a President's feet to the fire over every aspect of government is the job not only of our elected leaders but of all citizens. Substantive dissent is indeed patriotic. But substantive dissent is not what we have here. We have baseless, petty politics that are ultimately counterproductive to America's global standing.