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Saturday, May 4, 2013

Who wants to be a U.S. senator?

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WILL HE OR WONT HE: Another warm national media reference for Rep. Tom Cotton.
  • WILL HE OR WON'T HE: Another warm national media reference for Rep. Tom Cotton's potential Senate candidacy.
The New York Times reports this morning on the wave of retirements from the U.S. Senate and a lack of clamor from people anxious to join the filibuster-frozen body. Who could blame anyone for reluctance to be part of a ponderous body where the majority no longer rules?

Arkansas, where Democratic incumbent Mark Pryor is on the ballot, is mentioned in passing as an opportunity for Republicans given President Obama's low estate here:

Twenty Democratic-held seats are up in 2014, compared with 13 held by Republicans. And many of those Democratic seats are in states where President Obama lost in 2012 — including North Carolina, Montana, Arkansas and Alaska.

So far, Republicans have no viable declared candidates in any of those red states yet, though conservatives are urging several strong possible contenders to run, like Representative Tom Cotton in Arkansas.

I always wonder at the warm national media references how many of the reporters have seen the Club for Growth's ambassador to Arkansas speak or read some of his weird pronouncements.

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