But that misses the point. As The Sun’s John Fritze reported, the ad represented not the Russians’ best efforts to stir the pot in the United States but a starting point in a years-long effort to sow division and ultimately influence the election. The fact, as Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina points out, that more of the targeted ads were aimed at electorally insignificant states like Maryland, Missouri and Georgia than the crucial ones of Wisconsin and Michigan isn’t a sign that we should stop worrying. Rather, if we consider the evolution of the Russian effort, we can only conclude that they are learning fast. What may initially have been a ham-handed social media push got much more sophisticated by the time the election rolled around, and we can only expect it to get more so by the midterms in 2018 and the next presidential contest in 2020.