Secretary of State John Kerry made the rounds Sunday morning to deliver a forceful recrimination of Putin's actions, asserting the preparedness of the U.S. and its allies to economically isolate Russia. Senator Marco Rubio and Representative Adam Kinzinger declined to criticize the federal government's approach to the crisis, with Kinzinger going so far as to say that House Republicans, for once, would have the president's back on this one. “You’re going to find a House that’s very cooperative with the administration on this," he promised.
Representative Mike Rogers, on the other hand, was less optimistic, commenting that "Putin is playing chess" while Obama plays something more akin to "marbles." And Senator Lindsey Graham scoffed that "we have a weak and indecisive president" whose attempts to go on television and threaten Putin do little more than elicit eye rolls.
Here are the five talking heads worth watching this Sunday:
Secretary of State John Kerry on "Face the Nation": Ten foreign ministers "are prepared to go to the hilt in order to isolate Russia with respect to this invasion. They're prepared to put sanctions in place, they're prepared to isolate Russia economically."
Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) on "This Week": The House has Obama's back -- "It’s important...to stand very strong with the president and say, ‘We may not be able to respond militarily but we are going to make it clear that Russia is a pariah state."
Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) on Fox News Sunday: Obama is getting out-maneuvered on the global stage. “Putin is playing chess, and I think we’re playing marbles.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on State of the Union: "Every time the president goes on national television and threatens Putin...everybody’s eyes roll."
And in an ironic statement to rival Kerry's, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) revisited Arizona's failed anti-LGBT bill on Meet the Press, asserting that despite their continued support of such actions, "the vast majority of conservatives are against discrimination."