Skip to comments.Is This 36-Year-Old Veteran the Future of the GOP?
Posted on 12/12/2013 11:19:24 AM PST by Baynative
HOT SPRINGS, Ark.On a recent late-fall Saturday, Barbara Deuschle, a local restaurant owner, was recounting her first impression of her congressman, Tom Cotton, who is now running for the Senate. It was back in August 2011, just before the young Republican lawmaker formally announced his first campaign for the House, and Cotton and his dad came to a party meeting to get to know the faithful. Cotton was a 34-year-old political unknown who had recently lived in Washington. "When he just parachuted down into this district, nobody ever heard of him," she recalls. "I said, 'Who are you? We'd never heard of you before, where have you been? And what's this all about?' I grilled him for about 20 minutes."
There is little doubt that Cotton is winning conservative hearts and minds in Washington.
She began to piece together Cotton's personal historyborn in Yell County; spent time in Cambridge, Mass., Iraq, Afghanistan, and Washington, including a stint in the Old Guard at Arlington National Cemetery. She had read recently that the guards who stand sentinel at the Tomb of the Unknowns are expected to have a 30-inch waist, and the diminutive Deuschle remembers gazing up at the 6-foot-5 veteran. "He's so tall. I'm looking about at his belly button. I'm seeing his belt buckle, this skinny, teeny little waist, and I said to him, 'Well, yeah, you still could be one of them,' " she recalls. "And he's so humble! And unassuming!" Deuschle was impressed, if a little suspicious. "I spent the next 10 months going around trying to figure out, 'What is wrong with him?' He was too good to be true."
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He’s a year older than me but has a much more impressive resume.
I’ve considered running for office, but I have no political-correctness filter. It’s for this reason I’ve not ascended to management in any of the jobs I’ve had. I don’t play the politics game very well, and if I was elected, I’d be the Congressman publicly upbraiding Nancy Pelosi on the House floor.
God bless this man’s future.
He wrote in favor of covenant marriage and against feminist opposition to it. In the op-ed, Cotton surveyed some of the women he went to college with about their greatest hopes and fears. The answers, he said, were uniform: Women most feared being divorced or left by their husbands, and most hoped for a happy life and marriage. He concluded: "Feminists who allegedly speak for women should attack divorce, not its effects. If men have easy access to divorce, many will choose it thoughtlessly. They may not gain true happiness with their new trophy wives, but they certainly will not slide into the material indigence and emotional misery that awaits most divorced women."
In his final column, Cotton reflected on his contrarian stance. "Only last weekend I was characterized (good-naturedly) as someone who would like to have lived a century or two ago. I suppose that comports with my acknowledged contrarian sympathies, though it is not simply correct," he wrote. "I probably appreciate the alien world revealed in Plato's dialogues and Jane Austen's novels more than most others do. But it is because of this appreciation, not in spite of it, that I also probably appreciate our world and the possibilities of it more than most others do."
I wanted to comment on you saying you'd be "publicly upbraiding Nancy Pelosi on the House floor", by saying that I am part of a growing number of Americans who are ready to throw out the "good friend across the aisle" rubbish and start fighting fire with fire.
I’d like to see a few FReepers vouch for his conservative bonafides. If he is truly conservative both socially and fiscally then we have a winner.
The Senate Conservatives Fund doesn’t say much except about him except for Dem. Pryor and the race there.
“Arkansas is on our 2014 Priority List because it presents conservatives with a major pick-up opportunity. Incumbent Democratic Senator Mark Pryor is extremely vulnerable. Pryor has a liberal voting record and is running for re-election in a state President Obama lost badly in 2012.”
I appreciate traditional, classic gender roles and ideals espoused in 19th century literature and history than I do what we’ve seen in the last 50 years since the 1960s.
The 1960s and 70s ushered in an era of hedonism and materialistic excess over the idea of self-reliance and determination.
He is a man in the mold of Burke. Lettered, reforming, conserving what we have inherited. I have heard him in an interview and he will be a jewel once gaining more promenance.
I want more representatives to remind publicly the rest of them for whom they are all working! That means getting in the face of other representatives in the spirit of debate. This namby pamby crap where they maintain decorum despite bald faced lies being spouted on the floor needs to go.
If a liberal is outright lying on the House floor, I’m going to stand up and call them out. Americans are fed up with this BS.
Let's hear some feedback - I've got my checkbook handy.
What do you know of this man?
Cotton for President.
Bet she never spent that much time trying to figure out of a Democrat was the real deal or not.
“Hmmm, there’s got to be something I can trash this guy for!”
She may be a nice person. I don’t know. At some point this became annoying for me.
I have no use whatsoever for his Ivy League education; indeed I hold that as a point against him. We've had enough of leftist lunatics 'educated' (or indoctrinated) in marxism at our nations self-so-called 'elite' universities in the marxist dominated north-east.
OTOH, he's a combat veteran, appears to have been a deliberate contrarian while at Harvard, and has a website that sort-of looks conservative. He speaks against 0bamacare; that's a good thing. Regrettably, it has no position statements. Where does Tom Cotton stand on abortion, national debt, deficit spending, unfunded entitlements, the right to keep and bear arms, growth of the regulatory state, growth of the welfare state, domestic energy production? His website gives no clue. Does anybody here know?
I like to support 'young', disruptive conservatives, and not just in my own State.
I too hate PC, hate office politics and I make it known about my disgust with certain groups when it arises and it always does, I hate people who are offended by anything (including my bumper stickers) and I’m known sarcastically as Mr. Sensitivity.
I made it into the Program Management arena by surrounding myself with like minded individuals who get things done. When there’s a teleconference people don’t put me on speaker phone and they know a suit & tie at a meeting doesn’t make anyone smarter.
Bottom line is it’s possible so don’t give up. You do your job, do it well and you’ll be amazed at what “upper management” will tolerate.
FYI, I’m sure I’d be reprimanded in congress because I’d be screaming “YOU LIE” daily...
Senator Ted Cruz is also a Harvard graduate and it doesn’t seem to have had a deleterious impact on him.
Here in Arkansas Cotton and Pryor are running their ads. Pryor has his Bible in his lap saying he is not ashamed to say that is what guides him. Cotton has his mother looking through family photos and pointing out her son’s military choices.
Having gone to one of those schools, I can assure you that the conservatives that go to Ivy League schools are 100% conservative, and are also toughened up by being in an incredibly hostile environment. It isn’t hard to be a conservative in a small town in rural Texas, but doing so in these factories of marxism takes a lot of courage, and what emerges is a thick skinned conservative who has the courage of their convictions.
I would have liked to see Cotton and Williams go head to head on the subject of Obama's AWOL.
Do you know anything about Cotton from his run for congress? Or since?
Cotton’s experience/background as a combat officer shows through. He doesn’t suffer fools and idiots..he just tunes them out. As do I whenever Williams is on FOX
My guess is that McConnell, Boehner, McLame, Linda Graham and company are working behind the scenes to prevent it.
My guess is, you are right.
McCain endorsed Cotton for his House run.
Thank you both for making the point that an Ivy League education is not, of itself, a disqualifier. I agree. I still hold it to be a negative item on a politician’s resume.
If you want a shot an national leadership, you need someone from the Ivie’s to advance the agenda.
If you want my vote and my support (for what little it’s worth), you’ll need to show that your internment in marxist reeducation camps (particularly of the “Ivy” variety) didn’t poison your mind.
If you’re thinking I’m a bit contemptuous of the “Ivies” ...
He is impressive. Not perfect. He has some black marks against him, but ultimately, he’ll make a good senator, and I have a feeling he may wipe Pryor out by double digits, ala Blanche Lincoln.
After just a year on the political stage, Cotton does not have much of a political background.
These links show some of his positions/views on some topics/issues:
I hear where you are coming from, loud and clear. People like Obama, Kerry and Clinton have done their level best to diminish the reputation of Ivy League education as well as everything else that they have come in contact with.
People like George Bush (pick one) haven't done the reputation of Ivy League education any favors either. While neither of them are the absolute filth that 0bama, Kerry and Clinton are, they aren't conservatives. I think Bush and Bam-Bam have more in common with each other than they have with, for example, a moderately prosperous engineer like me. They share, IMO, a "ruling-class" mindset.
I understand Rep. Cotton has or did have a liking for “Bill” and “Hillary”. Is that true? Even AR may be over its infatuation with the clintoids, but probably not, too much to expect. AR does have a lot of very conservative state legislators, the kind that would have made Winthrop Rockefeller switch parties.
No, they (either Bush) are not conservatives by any measure. Then again, they aren’t vile, evil Marxists, either. Rather, they fall into the Statist category. Only a marginal improvement.
I’m thinking there is more to this than meets the eye. I don’t hold any politicians in the highest esteem. BUt I like what I’ve read about Cotton. It might be that like most of the bills and amendments going through the sausage mill we don’t get a full view of all the attachments, riders, earmarks and so on.
That was my thought as well. The polite, gentlemanly America is gone in the arena of politics. I see Uncle Sam as a tall scrappy man with his sleeves rolled up ready to rumble.
The Liberals always love to say that society is advancing and old ideas are "so passé," so I say we give it back to them. I don't know about you, but I can yell and scream and hoot and holler with the best of them. If that means a raucous House floor, and MY CONSTITUENTS want that of their representative, then I'm your man.
"I'm not here on the House floor to pay you any mind you old hag [Pelosi]. I'm here to represent my constituents, and the majority of them think you're a left coast fraud! Pucker up, buttercup, I'm about to show you and the rest of these political pussies how AMERICANS get shit done!"
Cotton chose to defend Big Government.
I’d like to know why. The only thing I can imagine is that because of his combat experience he is supportive of intelligence gathering and the amendment didn’t make a separation within FSA. I know from video searching that Cotton has said we are involved in a war on terror that is not restricted to regions or even countries. Maybe I can figure out how to put that question on his website Q&A.
Well, newcomer. He’s the defacto nominee for a Senate seat we have to win so no, he’s not “rejected”.
There is. It's the Amash/Conyers bill. As in John Conyers(D). Tom Cotton didn't support a bill introduced by John Conyers. Go figure.
There's always something to be learned from the scraps on the sausage factory floor.