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Thursday, October 1, 2009

The GOP field clears

Posted By on Thu, Oct 1, 2009 at 6:28 AM

John Brummett likes Sen. Gilbert Baker, always has. Today, he declares an open march for Baker to the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate now that the mythical Tom Cotton has dropped out of the race.

Cotton, 32, is a Harvard-schooled, ultra-conservative lawyer who hasn't lived in Arkansas since Dardanelle high school days, but has a yen to serve. He's just separated from Army active duty after tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. All well and good, but it always seemed to me that practical considerations (lack of name recognition or a network in-state) inevitably would prevail in his decision this year, however much some of the tiny cadre of Republican political activists were enchanted by the possibility of his candidacy. I've met him. He's pleasant. Enchanting wouldn't be the word I'd use to describe his political philosophy.

Six, seven or maybe more Republicans have some contradictory thoughts about Baker's glide path to the nomination, I suspect.

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