Favorite

Undisciplined 

On reflection, we may have overstated the case in describing the Arkansas delegation of the House of Representatives as looking like a synchronized swimming team in its enthusiastic yet precise support of bad bills. Occasionally, one spots the ostentatious leg sticking out of the water at an inappropriate time. That would be Rep. Tom Cotton of Dardanelle, a flighty sort. It's not that he doesn't want to do wrong, it's that he sometimes has difficulty identifying the greater wrong so that he can get behind it. The conventional wisdom in Arkansas and in Washington was that loyal Republicans should support the farm bill. Most Republicans fell loyally into line, including Arkansas's Crawford, Griffin and Womack. Cotton voted against it, following the wishes of the deep-pocketed, hard-hearted anti-tax groups that give him money. Although the bill cut food stamps, which help feed poor people, it didn't cut the stamps as much as Cotton and his friends would like. Cotton evidently believes he can prosper politically by voting against poor people in a poor state. With an inattentive electorate, it's worked before.

Favorite

Sign up for the Daily Update email

Speaking of Tom Cotton

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Latest in Editorials

  • The end of an era

    We're sad to report that Doug Smith has decided to retire. Though he's been listed as an associate editor on our masthead for the last 22 years, he has in fact been the conscience of the Arkansas Times. He has written all but a handful of our unsigned editorials since we introduced an opinion page in 1992.
    • May 8, 2014
  • A stand for equality

    Last week, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel became the first elected statewide official to express support for same-sex marriage. His announcement came days before Circuit Judge Chris Piazza is expected to rule on a challenge to the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Soon after, a federal challenge of the law is expected to move forward. McDaniel has pledged to "zealously" defend the Arkansas Constitution but said he wanted the public to know where he stood.
    • May 8, 2014
  • Same old, same old

    Remarking as we were on the dreariness of this year's election campaigns, we failed to pay sufficient tribute to the NRA, one of the most unsavory and, in its predictability, dullest of the biennial participants in the passing political parade.
    • May 1, 2014
  • More »

Most Viewed

  • Redefining candidate quality

    Despite what national party organizations like the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the National Republican Campaign Committee say, conventional definitions of candidate quality are not leading to progressive wins in 2018.
  • Week That Was

    After the wildest week of the wildest presidency in history, the clouded future suddenly unfolds more clearly and, yes, nearer. That includes the end of the Trump presidency.

Most Recent Comments

  • Re: Week That Was

    • I saw James Comey interviewed by Stephen Colbert. When Stephen asked if trump was mentally…

    • on April 20, 2018
  • Re: Trump and Comey

    • Oh, so now it was the Comey release of the e-mails before the election to…

    • on April 19, 2018
  • Re: Stormy shaming

    • Ms. Daniels is a female version of Trump. Someone with a valuable talent for making…

    • on April 19, 2018
 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation