A reader writes:

I really think you're taking Hugh Hewitt's "Soviet national anthem" quote out of context.  He was referring to the Decembrists concert at the rally, who typically begin their shows with the Soviet national anthem. This isn't the unfounded mudslinging it appears to be when you quote the single line by itself. It's not the same as the talk radio idiots who constantly refer to Obama using his middle name to imply something sinister to their listeners.

That's the excuse. It clearly wasn't the intent.

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