Remember When the Democrats Asked the USSR to Help Elect Walter Mondale?

Hillary Clinton and her stooges in the press are going crazy over leak of some 20,000 DNC emails allegedly obtained from the DNC’s email server by Russian hackers. This, according to the narrative, is an unprecedented case of a foreign country intervening in a US election, in this case to aid Donald Trump and harm Hillary Clinton.

Unprecedented? Hardly. During the Cold War, the Democrats routinely asked communists dictators around the world to take specific actions in order to help the Democrats win elections at home. For instance, Democrat Speaker of the House Jim Wright sent a letter signed by nine other Democrats to Nicaraguan dictator Daniel Ortega assuring him that the House Democrats had his back against the policies of the Reagan administration.

But that wasn’t the worst case. Let’s look at the antics of Fat Teddy Kennedy (D-Chivas), courtesy of Sean Davis of The Federalist:

Picking his way through the Soviet archives that Boris Yeltsin had just thrown open, in 1991 Tim Sebastian, a reporter for the London Times, came across an arresting memorandum. Composed in 1983 by Victor Chebrikov, the top man at the KGB, the memorandum was addressed to Yuri Andropov, the top man in the entire USSR. The subject: Sen. Edward Kennedy.

“On 9-10 May of this year,” the May 14 memorandum explained, “Sen. Edward Kennedy’s close friend and trusted confidant [John] Tunney was in Moscow.” (Tunney was Kennedy’s law school roommate and a former Democratic senator from California.) “The senator charged Tunney to convey the following message, through confidential contacts, to the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Y. Andropov.”

Kennedy’s message was simple. He proposed an unabashed quid pro quo. Kennedy would lend Andropov a hand in dealing with President Reagan. In return, the Soviet leader would lend the Democratic Party a hand in challenging Reagan in the 1984 presidential election. “The only real potential threats to Reagan are problems of war and peace and Soviet-American relations,” the memorandum stated. “These issues, according to the senator, will without a doubt become the most important of the election campaign.”

Kennedy made Andropov a couple of specific offers.

First he offered to visit Moscow. “The main purpose of the meeting, according to the senator, would be to arm Soviet officials with explanations regarding problems of nuclear disarmament so they may be better prepared and more convincing during appearances in the USA.” Kennedy would help the Soviets deal with Reagan by telling them how to brush up their propaganda.

Then he offered to make it possible for Andropov to sit down for a few interviews on American television. “A direct appeal … to the American people will, without a doubt, attract a great deal of attention and interest in the country. … If the proposal is recognized as worthy, then Kennedy and his friends will bring about suitable steps to have representatives of the largest television companies in the USA contact Y.V. Andropov for an invitation to Moscow for the interviews. … The senator underlined the importance that this initiative should be seen as coming from the American side.”

Kennedy would make certain the networks gave Andropov air time–and that they rigged the arrangement to look like honest journalism.

This is what actual collusion with a foreign power looks like. It looks like engaging in a quid pro quo negotiation for actual actions to influence an election. And releasing unflattering emails about Debbie Wasserman Schultz and her merry band of bigots doesn’t rise to that level.