Senator Name-Drops Sharapova After Being Banned from Russia

by: Jonathan Scott March 22, 2014

AP

U.S. Sen. Dan Coats (R-Indiana) decided to get crafty in his response to being banned from entering Russia this week, opting to riff on fellow Hoosier David Letterman's Top 10 list-making by fashioning one of his own. He brought Maria Sharapova into the mix at that, in what proved to be that rare species of moves: a surprisingly amusing, deft political maneuver perpetrated on social media by an elected official. (Somewhere Anthony Weiner shakes his head at his own stupidity.)

Here's Sen. Coats's full series of tweets, which sees Sharapova land at No. 4 in the rundown.

His winky list also includes borscht, Bolshoi Opera House, and Sochi's "slushy slopes."

What do you think of Coats's coaxing of Vladimir Putin's retaliatory stroke?

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