These two tweets pretty much sum up my reaction…
Take note future nominees – ads can only move polls a little bit, but tanks will move them 50%+ every time. https://t.co/8MrO50SAJb
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) March 17, 2014
.@JasonBWhitman Well, Putin ran a hell of a campaign. Really targeted key demographics like soccer moms & people who didn't want to be shot.
— Mig Greengard (@chessninja) March 17, 2014
…but there may be people out there who actually think that the results weren’t preordained*. I suggest that you keep track of those people. AND DO NOT LEND THEM MONEY. Or anything else that you would mind losing.
*Which is not the same as saying “A majority of the Crimea doesn’t want to rejoin Russia.”