The Sunday political talk shows kicked off the week with ongoing coverage of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s aggressive actions in Ukraine and President Barack Obama’s foreign policy response. There was also some chatter about the GOP’s increasingly good prospects for the 2014 midterms.
Ukrainian foreign affairs minister Andrii Deshchytsia said that the nation’s chances of going to war with Russia are “growing” during an appearance on ABC’s “This Week.”
“We don’t know what Putin has in his mind and what would be his decision. That’s why this situation is becoming even more explosive than it used to be a week ago,” Deshchytsia said.
On NBC’S “Meet the Press,” Representative Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said that “U.S. intelligence officials believe that Putin is not done in Ukraine.”
During an appearance on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” 2012 GOP Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney harshly criticized Obama’s response to the Russian threat.
“There’s no question but that the President’s naiveté with regards to Russia, and his faulty judgment about Russia’s intentions and objectives has led to a number of foreign policy challenges that we face,” Romney said. “And unfortunately, not having anticipated Russia’s intentions, the President wasn’t able to shape the kinds of events that may have been able to prevent the kinds of circumstances that you’re seeing in the Ukraine.”
Romney went on to suggest that the President should have known that there was no chance for a “reset” in relations with Russia.
“Effective leaders typically are able to see the future to a certain degree, and then try to take actions to shape it in some way. And that’s of course what this President has failed to do, and his Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, as well,” Romney said.
Switching gears, during a Sunday interview with ABC, statistician Nate Silver said that the GOP will likely take the Senate in 2014.
“How many are they going to pick up? I’d say exactly six,” Silver said. “But it’s probably six plus or minus five.”
Bottom line, according to Silver: There’s a 60 percent chance that the GOP regains control of the Senate.