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What's Wrong With Tom Cotton?
US News & World Report ^ | July 8, 2014 | Lauren Fox and David Catanese

Posted on 07/10/2014 9:24:23 AM PDT by C19fan

Republicans from Washington to Little Rock are privately distressed that Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., – a candidate once hailed as their most talented U.S. Senate recruit of the cycle – has lost his luster in his challenge to second-term Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor.

The overarching problem: While Cotton’s resume is sparkling, his persona is flat. He speaks with authority, but lacks warmth. His wooden delivery is more often academic, lacking an everyday, common touch that’s still essential in a place with slightly less than 3 million people, the smallest state in the south. His slender frame and boyish haircut makes him look even younger than his 37 years, a trait Democrats are attempting to subtly exploit as they portray Cotton as a bit too overeager as he seeks a promotion after just a single term in the House. He's a smash hit with the conservative commentariat class in Washington, but remains a largely unknown quantity to the everyday Arkansan.

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TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Arkansas
KEYWORDS: cotton; pryor; senate
What worries me is 2018 is going to be a challenging year for the GOP in Senate elections. There is the possibility of another Democratic tidal wave that bring about another filibuster proof majority just like in 2008. The GOP needs to win now in order to keep a viable possible minority in the future.
1 posted on 07/10/2014 9:24:24 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: C19fan

Knocking off Senators is hard. If we pick up six and take the majority, we will more likely lose less than six in the next cycle. If we pick up ten, which is doable or even more, we will be a majority for at least a couple cycles.

Obama is like gum on the Democrat’s shoe. They can’t shake him or Obama care. Or the economy, or the loss of American prestige.

Welfare recipients don’t vote in midterms and many only vote for the POTUS during POTUS elections. They are on welfare for a reason. NOT TOO BRIGHT!


2 posted on 07/10/2014 9:29:32 AM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: C19fan

My opinion is Cotton would be a terrific president. He is that good.

If Cotton loses, it is over for this country because a great person can not win elections.


3 posted on 07/10/2014 9:30:16 AM PDT by staytrue
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To: C19fan

RE: While Cotton’s resume is sparkling, his persona is flat.

They could have said the same about another President ( one of the best IMHO ) — Calvin Coolidge.


4 posted on 07/10/2014 9:31:35 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Some wag once said of Coolidge, “He don’t talk much, but when he does, he don’t say much.”


5 posted on 07/10/2014 9:53:24 AM PDT by billhilly (Its OK, the left hated Bush.)
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To: SeekAndFind

That’s funny I was thinking the exact same thing but Coolidge could write one hell of a speech even if delivered in monotone.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5puwTrLRhmw


6 posted on 07/10/2014 9:54:14 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: Jim from C-Town

“Obama is like gum on the Democrat’s shoe.”

I was thinking some other object.


7 posted on 07/10/2014 9:57:01 AM PDT by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: C19fan

Well, boo hoo. What these idiots are saying is that he is not phony enough for the electorate. The secret of success in politics is sincerity. Once you can fake that, you’ve got it made.


8 posted on 07/10/2014 10:00:45 AM PDT by Dr. Thorne ("Don't be afraid. Just believe." - Mark 5:36)
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To: Jim from C-Town
"Knocking off Senators is hard."

Yes indeed, but what should have been slam dunk defeats of Democrats in Arkansas, Louisiana, and North Carolina seem to be slipping away. Lack of the intangible it that makes for media charisma dooms candidates who otherwise are strong conservatives.

9 posted on 07/10/2014 10:02:01 AM PDT by buckalfa (Long time caller --- first time listener.)
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To: billhilly

RE: Some wag once said of Coolidge, “He don’t talk much, but when he does, he don’t say much.”

And here’s the more important thing — He didn’t presume to do much either. He just let the country unleash its own prosperity ( he was VP to Warren Harding when the USA almost sank into a great depression — 1920-21 ).

I also give him credit for quietly cleaning up the Teapot Dome scandal and holding those responsible to account.

Coolidge’s administration was marked by economic growth, low taxes, balanced budgets, restrained spending, peace and the most underrated virtue of any government, stability.

A quite man who BELIEVED in America and didn’t presume to think that he or the government could solve everyone’s problems for them.

THAT is what I want — a boring, efficient, effective President.


10 posted on 07/10/2014 10:06:18 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: staytrue

I believe Cotton wants to keep the doors open and doesn’t,t want to po the GOPe.


11 posted on 07/10/2014 10:06:37 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: C19fan

I met Tom last week. He certainly seemed personable enough to me. This looks like Democrat agit-prop.


12 posted on 07/10/2014 10:08:35 AM PDT by Hugh the Scot
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To: buckalfa

Are they all T-Party so Rove can blame the T-Party instead of the dozens of GOPE types that lose every cycle.


13 posted on 07/10/2014 10:26:37 AM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: SharpRightTurn

Well we wouldn’t want to call him a Tar Baby. That would be seen as RACIST! Even though it is a common term that is well understood by anyone that ever opened a can of tar or even was within twenty feet of an open tar bucket.


14 posted on 07/10/2014 10:29:07 AM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: SeekAndFind

This country has been blessed with selfless and capable leaders in the past, but it is becoming the distant past. Compare Harry and Bess Truman with Bill and Hillary Clinton, or Ike with Jimmy Carter. Books and perks have replaced pride and prudence.

I will not live to see such an unlikely crop emerge from the current pot of posers. Maybe you are young enough to hope. I wish you and the nation good fortune.


15 posted on 07/10/2014 10:51:10 AM PDT by billhilly (Its OK, the left hated Bush.)
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To: Jim from C-Town

Where is the GOP’s NRSC going to pick up one to replace the safe one they had in Mississippi?


16 posted on 07/10/2014 12:04:00 PM PDT by duffee (NO poll tax, NO tax on firearms, ammunition or gun safes. NO gun free zones.)
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To: Hugh the Scot
This looks like Democrat agit-prop.

Democrat agit-prop???? At the US Booze and Girls Report????

No WAY!!!!! How could THAT happen.

Conservatives who look to leftists in Big Media for advice are idiots. Big Media says the guy's no good? Then he has my support!

17 posted on 07/10/2014 12:06:21 PM PDT by NorthMountain
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To: Hugh the Scot; staytrue

Cotton is GOP-e all the way.

He is a Karl Rove schill. Better than Pryor... but GOP-e nonetheless.


18 posted on 07/10/2014 12:10:08 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55 (In America, we don't do pin pricks. But sometimes we elect them.)
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To: Jim from C-Town
None would probably pass the Tea Party purity test, but Cotton from Arkansas comes closest in my opinion.
19 posted on 07/10/2014 1:22:28 PM PDT by buckalfa (Long time caller --- first time listener.)
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To: ConservativeMan55

You have some insider information you’d like to share? I spoke with the man privately, at some length, and walked away with the impression that he’s a solid conservative.
I’m not convinced that I was deceived.


20 posted on 07/10/2014 5:14:45 PM PDT by Hugh the Scot
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To: Hugh the Scot

He wrote a letter while at Harvard praising Bill and Hill

Karl Rove supports him

He would support amnesty

He fought against Ted Cruz efforts to defund Obamacare..

He was FOR military action in Syria about 6 months ago when Obama was trying to topple Assad to install Al-Queda...


21 posted on 07/10/2014 5:19:44 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55 (In America, we don't do pin pricks. But sometimes we elect them.)
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To: C19fan

US News & World Report - Lauren Fox and David Catanese

LIARS - Cotton is a super guy!

Daddy’s little boy, Mark Pryor is the idiot with no personality and a hypocrite to boot!


22 posted on 07/10/2014 5:27:53 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: C19fan

David Catanese

23 posted on 07/10/2014 5:34:50 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: C19fan

“remains a largely unknown quantity to the everyday Arkansan”

Where do these people get this crap?


24 posted on 07/10/2014 5:36:08 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: ConservativeMan55

That pretty much went nowhere. I shat my diapers until I was 2. Stopped when new information became available.

I got that he had turned the corner on immigration, that he’s pro life, & that he believes in fiscal restraint.

Who are you supporting in this race?


25 posted on 07/10/2014 5:49:44 PM PDT by Hugh the Scot
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