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Friday, June 23, 2017

Has anybody seen Sen. Tom Cotton, architect of the health bill

Posted By on Fri, Jun 23, 2017 at 7:23 AM

click to enlarge WHERE WERE YOU WHEN THE SENATE DROPPED THE BOMB ON HEALTH COVERAGE: Tom Cotton was yukking it up at The Buzz radio talk show.
  • WHERE WERE YOU WHEN THE SENATE DROPPED THE BOMB ON HEALTH COVERAGE: Tom Cotton was yukking it up at The Buzz radio talk show.

Sen. Tom Cotton
loves to commandeer a national TV camera and spout on social media. As a rule.

But where is Sen. Tom Cotton on THE most important issue of the day — the Senate health bill, just revealed yesterday morning? You'd think he'd have something to say. He was one of 13 white male Republicans who drafted the bill in secret. HE knew what was in it. Presumably it carries his seal of approval.

Silence from Cotton so far. (And also Ark. Sen. John Boozman, but that's typical.)

Cotton maintains two Twitter accounts.

On his most active the last 24 hours, he talked of meeting Arkansas optometrists; touted his thoughts on banking regulation, ship building, criminal justice, patents and a disabled man who makes American flags;  promoted an appearance on The Buzz (tough questions there, no doubt.)

On the other Twitter account, he mentioned a Canadian sniper's kill of an ISIS combatant at more than two miles and retweeted an item critical of coverage of the Comey probe.

On his two Facebook pages, Cotton embroidered on his Buzz visit and banking regulations on one page. Nothing yesterday on the other.

His Senate webpage does contain the text of the health bill, without comment. No other news release or statement was posted yesterday.

OK, sure, we know where Cotton stands already. It was pretty well summarized by an office intern he had to dismiss this week for impolitic remarks about a range of issues. Stripped of homophobic slurs and hyperbole, however, his words did demonstrate that Cotton had hired a kindred spirit philosophically. Example: The young man called the idea of universal health care "garbage." He added: "We believe in social Darwinism. The idiots will get fucked."

When Tom Cotton eventually emerges from hiding, he'll put his thoughts on government health insurance in more polite and erudite terms. The f***ing will be a given.

UPDATE: I had to laugh at this from Arkansas News Bureau, emphasis supplied.

Spokespeople for Arkansas’ senators, Republicans John Boozman and Tom Cotton, said Thursday afternoon the senators were reviewing the Senate health-care bill unveiled that morning and did not say whether they intended to vote for the measure.

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