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Picking Tom Cotton
National Review, by Robert Costa

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Posted By:Judy W., 7/15/2013 10:31:24 AM

HC-5, a drab, wood-paneled conference room in the Capitol basement, was quiet last Wednesday as Paul Ryan pushed for immigration reform. (Snip) As Ryan spoke, freshman Tom Cotton of Arkansas, who was behind him in line, listened carefully. He was calm and upright, and unlike a handful of conservative rabble-rousers in the back, he didn’t sigh as Ryan made his points. Instead, he clasped his hands and focused on his coming speech. After Ryan stepped away, Cotton, a 36-year-old former Army officer, moved forward, and soon his clipped drawl filled the room.

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Hmm... Tom Cotton, Harvard Law; Ted Cruz, Harvard Law. Is this a trend? Cotton is a man to watch.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: redgrains, 7/15/2013 10:51:30 AM     (No. 9424880)

Cotton deserves admiration as a man who stands against the equivocation and appeasement of the Boehner-Ryan House ´leadership´.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: geoguy, 7/15/2013 11:02:03 AM     (No. 9424897)

Throw Jim Bridenstine (R-Oklahoma) in with Cotton as the new order in the Republican party. Go to Jim´s website or YouTube and see his videos. He has been courageous in taking it to our Marxist-in-Cheif.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: pros7767, 7/15/2013 11:11:02 AM     (No. 9424912)

Great news! I´m going to start following him.

There may be hope yet!

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Reply 4 - Posted by: readaholic, 7/15/2013 11:11:33 AM     (No. 9424913)

Ditto #2. It also doesn´t hurt that Cotton looks completely adorable.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: SpeedMaster, 7/15/2013 11:35:06 AM     (No. 9424943)

What I like is this guy has a head for tactics. He sees that the conference is the Senate´s goal no matter what the House passes. If ANYTHING goes to conference the House Conservatives will get rolled.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Steele81, 7/15/2013 11:38:56 AM     (No. 9424949)

Mr. Cotton is my representative. He is despised by the dem media in Arkansas. He was the only rep in AR who voted against the food stAmp/farm bill and was blasted for his stand. I don´t truly trust any politician, but that said he is doing a good job. Hope he stands up to the siren song of bipartisan compromise!

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Reply 7 - Posted by: JoElla Bee, 7/15/2013 11:41:00 AM     (No. 9424952)

Tom Cotton "attended Harvard College, where he served as a columnist for the Harvard Crimson, and a member of the Harvard Republican Club; after graduating from Harvard magna cum laude with an A.B. in Government, he went on to Harvard Law School, where he received his law degree in June 2002.

Military service

On January 11, 2005, Cotton joined the United States Army and entered Officer Candidate School in March 2005. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army on June 30, 2005. Cotton later attended both the U.S. Army Airborne School and Ranger School.

As an infantry officer and platoon leader with the 101st Airborne Division, he was deployed to Baghdad as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom on May 19, 2006. In Iraq, Cotton was responsible for a 41 man air assault infantry platoon, and planned and led daily combat patrols. He completed his first combat tour in Iraq on November 20, 2006, and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Iraq Campaign Medal, and various campaign/service medals.



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Reply 8 - Posted by: JoElla Bee, 7/15/2013 11:42:05 AM     (No. 9424957)

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In June 2006, Cotton gained public attention after he wrote an open letter to the New York Times criticizing the paper´s publication of an article detailing a Bush administration secret program monitoring terrorists´ finances in which he called for three journalists, including the Times´ editor, Bill Keller, to be imprisoned for espionage. The article was widely circulated online and reprinted in full in several newspapers.

Following his deployment in Iraq, Cotton was assigned as a platoon leader at The Old Guard at Arlington National Cemetery, where he was responsible for conducting military honor funerals for veterans. In 2008, he volunteered to return to combat duty, was promoted to Captain on August 1, 2008, and deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom on October 15, 2008. In Afghanistan, Cotton was assigned to Laghman Province, just north of Tora Bora in eastern Afghanistan. He was assigned duty as the operations officer of a Provincial Reconstruction Team, where he planned and resourced daily counter-insurgency and reconstruction operations for an 83-member joint and interagency team.

Cotton returned from Afghanistan on July 20, 2009. For his second tour in Afghanistan he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and various campaign/service medals. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army on September 26, 2009 at Fort Myer, Virginia."


He´s all that and "looks completely adorable" too, #4. *chuckle*


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Reply 9 - Posted by: socaworld, 7/15/2013 12:15:29 PM     (No. 9425017)

Why do Democrats, liberals, and the Media hate Hispanics?

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 7/15/2013 1:52:32 PM     (No. 9425224)

This man is definitely someone to watch on the political horizon. Perhaps Arkansas can make up for Bill Clinton with this man.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: nonsense, 7/15/2013 4:59:11 PM     (No. 9425490)

Haven´t trusted Boehner for a very long time, no longer trust Paul Ryan. Being a tool is not what the American people want. Absolutely ready for some straight talking pols with firm moral fiber and a conscience that is awake, not asleep.

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