He campaigned "on a platform of anti-Americanism." As president, he's "inaugurating an era of unrest in a nation whose rising middle class rejects him."
His agenda features "autocratic domestic policies...."
"(D)emocratic reform" is needed.
Putin lacks "political legitimacy."
In fact, with 64.7% support, he won reelection by a landslide. His closest rival finished a distant second with 17%. Putin is Russia's most popular leader.
Times editorial writers claim his popularity is "waning." He'll have to find new ways "to guarantee his legitimacy."
His electoral majority topped every US president since James Monroe. In 1820, he ran virtually unopposed.
Franklin Roosevelt's most impressive win was 60.8% (1936). Lyndon Johnson got 61.1% (1964). Richard Nixon managed 60% (1972). Ronald Reagan's best was 58.8% (1984).
In 1860, Abraham Lincoln won an electoral college victory with 39.8% of the popular vote. His nearest rival got 14.3%.
In 1864, he repeated with a 55% majority.
Putin's victory stands all the more impressive. Nonetheless, Times commentaries call Russia's political system "hermetic." It "parad(ies) democracy."
Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. Washington spurns democratic values and rule of law principles. Hardline governance is policy.
US Elections are scripted theater. Secrecy and back room deals substitute for a free, fair and open process. Candidates are pre-selected. Big money owns them. Key outcomes are predetermined.
Power brokers control everything. Voters get the best democracy money can buy.
Popular majorities reject both major parties. They're in lockstep on all issues mattering most.