Find out more →

Get unlimited access. Become a digital member!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Another take on the Pryor-Cotton race

Posted By on Fri, Aug 1, 2014 at 2:41 PM

click to enlarge RETAILING: Pryor is going person-to-person to counteract the Cotton ad onslaught. - JON SWAINE/THE GUARDIAN
  • Jon Swaine/The Guardian
  • RETAILING: Pryor is going person-to-person to counteract the Cotton ad onslaught.
Another writer, Jon Swaine from The Guardian, takes a crack at profiling the race between Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor and Republican challenger Tom Cotton.

It's familiar ground by now. Huge outside money. Comfortable old-shoe candidate versus brash ultra-conservative challenger. The Kochs. Cotton's many votes against popular programs. His ideological zeal. His personality.

There was this quote, styled as unapproved but given Cotton rigid message control, almost certainly the person quoted was approved to speak to a reporter at some level:

“He’s had kind of a bad press for being unapproachable and rigid,” one member of Cotton’s entourage, who was not authorised to speak to the press, said at the church bazaar. “I don’t see that. Maybe he’s a little on a different intellectual level. But I don’t see he’s unapproachable.”

See? Cotton is not a bad guy. He's just smarter than the rest of us dumb Arkies.

I've altered the original post to make clear my belief that a Cotton aide wouldn't speak to a reporter on any level — for quote or for background, without some level of approval from a rigidly disciplined campaign. I did not mean to suggest the words themselves were approved. Cotton is tone deaf at times, but not that stupid.




Comments (2)

Showing 1-2 of 2

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-2 of 2

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Consequences for violating the Freedom of Information Act

    I was happy to read in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette today that Prosecuting Attorney Larry Jegley intends to file a charge of violation of the Freedom of Information Act against Rodney Forte, director of the Metroopolitan Housing Agency of Little Rock. Prosecution might be the only cure for arrogant and stupid public officials, who aren't limited to the housing agency.
    • Oct 30, 2014
  • The Democratic push for black voter turnout unsettles white Republicans

    Democratic groups are using racially charged images to turn out the black votes, nationally and in Arkansas, and Republicans aren't happy about it. Truth hurts.
    • Oct 30, 2014
  • More »

Most Shared

  • Koch mailer: We know who you are, we know if you vote

    Still more complaints rolling in — including from Republicans — about the mail campaign of the Koch-brothers-funded Americans for Prosperity to scare people into voting.
  • Pat Hays' NRA membership riles Republicans

    Democratic 2nd District Congress candidate Pat Hays is causing conniption fits among Republicans because a new TV ad shows him with his guns and mentions his long-time membership in the National Rifle Association.
  • Talk is cheap; state government isn't: Preparing for the new GOP order

    The state looks at rising prison and school costs in a world where the theme of Republican political campaigns is reducing government and cutting taxes. Does anybody in that party know arithmetic?
  • Live Review: Nahko and Medicine for the People at Rev Room

    Thursday night, Portland, Oregon’s Nahko and Medicine for the People brought their “musical medicine” to Little Rock’s Revolution Music Room, a fitting venue for the socially-conscious music collective. Their uplifting medley of folk, urban and world music, as well as hypnotizing videos featuring their music have enchanted activist-minded music fans across the world in the relatively short time they have been creating music together.
  • What about the Arkansas ballot issues?

    To give the legislature more power, the people less, a wetter state, longer term limits and a bump in the minimum wage.

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

© 2014 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation