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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Move over Dick Cheney; Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) has grabbed the mantle of “least self-aware politician in America.”

Over the past 10 days, Senator Cotton has been the subject of bipartisan criticism for organizing a letter — signed by 46 of his Senate colleagues — that attempted to dissuade Iran from agreeing to a deal on its nuclear program with the Obama administration. A week earlier, Cotton strongly supported House Speaker John Boehner’s controversial decision to invite Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu to deliver a speech to Congress warning Americans against signing an agreement with Iran.

But, as Steve Benen flagged at MSNBC, Cotton appears to have had a change of heart on the topic of undermining diplomacy. On Wednesday, State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said that the Obama administration is “evaluating our approach” towards the partnership with Israel in the wake of Netanyahu’s inflammatory comments during his re-election campaign. And that’s a big problem for the freshman senator from Arkansas.

“Some observers will dismiss these comments as the petulant response of a president and political operatives who didn’t get their way in the elections this week. But there is something much more worrisome underway,” Cotton said on the Senate floor on Thursday. “While Prime Minister Netanyahu won a decisive victory, he still has just started assembling a governing majority coalition.”

“These kinds of quotes from Israel’s most important ally could very well startle some of the smaller parties and their leaders with whom Prime Minister Netanyahu is currently in negotiations,” he continued. “This raises the question, of course, if the administration intends to undermine Prime Minister Netanyahu’s efforts to assemble a coalition by suggesting a change to our longstanding policy of supporting Israel’s position with the United Nations.”

Yes, less than a week after sending a letter to Tehran in an open attempt to submarine the negotiations between that country and the United States, China, France, Germany, Russia, and the U.K., Tom Cotton is suddenly worried that the Obama administration could be meddling in other countries’ affairs.

For good measure, Cotton added, “I fear mutual respect is of little concern to this administration.”

This brand of projection is nothing new for Cotton — see his attempt to dodge blame for voting against the farm bill during his 2014 Senate campaign — but it’s still rather unbecoming of a politician who claims honesty as one of his key attributes.

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  • JacksonHts

    One Termer. One and Done.

    • ococoob

      Let’s hope so!

      • Independent1

        Although the GOP seems to be so lame brained that it would consider this idiot presidential material – let’s hope the residents in Arkansas are smart enough to vote him out of office the next time he’s up for election.

        • FT66

          This idiot can’t even pronounce IRAN. You hear him all the time saying: (I run, I run). Where are you running to Tom Cotton? You better educate yourself. You are not smart.

    • Sand_Cat

      From Arkansas? Don’t count on it.

  • Mortalc01l

    Today’s Republicans have become caricatures of caricatures of facsimiles of stupidity.

  • Wedge Shot

    My God, I am choking. Cotton has no soul. he must be a machine that has a serious virus that is infecting his core processor. He is a joke that no one is laughing at because they are out of breath physically and aghast at one of the most ironic statement ever made.
    Excuse me while go to my oxygen bottle and take a few hits.
    OK, Back. The good news is that he is a Republican and is making his party look even more stupid than it is, if that is possible.

    • Independent1

      Believe it or not, Arkansas is modifying a law that would permit Cotton to run for president in 2020; the GOP thinks he’s presidential material; believe it or not.

      But see this if you haven’t on Cotton being a sociopath:

      Tom Cotton, sociopath, believes we should be led by male elites like him

      Cotton’s college thesis reveals his scorn for average Americans.

      Cotton insists that the Founders were wise not to put too much faith in democracy, because people are inherently selfish, narrow-minded, and impulsive. He defends the idea that the country must be led by a class of intellectually superior officeholders whose ambition sets them above other men… he derides the Federalists’ modern critics as mushy-headed and naive.

      “Ambition characterizes and distinguishes national officeholders from other kinds of human beings,” Cotton wrote. “Inflammatory passion and selfish interest characterizes most men, whereas ambition characterizes men who pursue and hold national office. Such men rise from the people through a process of self-selection since politics is a dirty business that discourages all but the most ambitious.”

      • adler56

        Nothing is too dirty for cotton.

      • charleo1

        Gosh Indy, I think you missed the point Tommy C. was making. That how incredibly lucky we all are to have a demigod from Ark. rising as he has, from the ranks of commoners so full of, “inflammatory passion, and self interest.” And he, on the other hand, being one so much fuller of, unadulterated ambition, along with other ‘stuff.’ And here I thought Donald Trump had a higher opinion of himself than any man alive! “The Donald,” has nothing on Tom. “I wish my lips were longer, so I could kiss myself on the lips,” Cotton. I also thought Ted Cruz was one of the smuggest pricks I had ever watched give a speech, until this greasy cock-and bull took his turn. He is amazing right? What do you think? The GOP-T-Party should run this doofus right? If Republicans think he’s the guy to single-handedly sink a multi-national nuclear negotiation, then why not give him a crack at their Party, right? I say, just wait until this guy takes a grand tour across the country on their quadrennial clown show, with his own, “I’m Mr. Superior,” Make Me President America!” That would be fun to watch, don’t you think?

        • Independent1

          Great analysis!!

          And I loved this one from Cotton:

          “Such men rise from the people through a process of self-selection since politics is a dirty business that discourages all but the most ambitious.”

          Seems to me that for conservatives, at least, politics has turned into a magnate, for nefarious types like Cotton!! It certainly doesn’t ‘discourage them’ at all.

          Conservatives like Cotton have turned politics into a place where they can act like legalized gangsters, aka American Mafia types; where they act like ‘legalized gangsters’ (fake politicians) as they pass legislation after legislation, that in one way or another, sucks money out of the pockets of the 95% into their pockets and the pockets of the top 5% – especially the top .1%.

          Cotton can’t even do a reasonably accurate assessment of what, mindless conservatives like himself, are really like.

          • charleo1

            Seriously, just when it seems the nuttiness has surely reached it’s limitations. Or, that the predation of these Ted Bundy want to be’s, would become even too obvious for the Obama hating half-wits down in Mud-lick. That keep going back to the polls, and down to their Evangelical Mega-Churches by the droves, and handing over what little they have left to these grifters. Then, there’s Tom Cotton. Could any name, other than Jim Crow symbolize the old south of yesteryear these rubes all seem to pine for, more perfectly, than, “Cotton?” I’m just saying. So when is enough of this crap really enough? I’m sure I don’t know. I thought I knew at one time. I do know this. I’d hate to see the Country be put thru the kind of a war Iran would be. That would do to this Country what that kind of war would do, to find out. It’s the kind of, ‘I told you so,’ that I sincerely hope the Democratic Party never has the opportunity to run on. Because that would mean the extremists, and seditionists, like Tom Cotton, in spite of everything, won. And most everything else we hold dear in this Country, we lost. I hope that’s not what it takes!

          • Independent1

            We can only hope that it doesn’t come to that. But as crazy as some of these wackos in the GOP today seem to have become – who knows?? We can only keep our fingers crossed that in some way, or some how – something will wake up someone in the GOP, to realize the insanity that has taken over their party; hopefully, in time, to prevent more American lives from being lost in another meaningless war.

          • charleo1

            My thoughts better than I stated them myself! In fact, you’re pretty damn good at articulating my thoughts. If I do say so myself! Have a great Sunday, my friend!

      • plc97477

        Oh great looks like we don’t have to worry about there being a repug in the White House for a looooong time.

      • toptwome

        It will be another republican clown car of fools not up to the job of president of this country.

      • Dominick Vila

        What baffles me is that thousands of Americans vote for people like Cotton. I guess Alzheimer and/or cognitive skills are more widespread than we thought.

    • Dominick Vila

      The only positive aspect of this incident for me is that the presidential ambitions of some of the Senators that signed the letter to Iran are over. Jeb Bush should send a Thank You note to Cotton and his followers. Back pedaling, like McCain, Graham and a few others have been doing is not going to cut it.

      • Independent1

        And let’s hope that, just maybe, enough voters in the states where these 47 Republicans have been elected from, will remember their tomfoolery with signing Cotton’s mutinous letter, and at least some of the mutinous 47, will be voted out of office because of this action and replaced by progressives that actually care about doing something for America. Rather than just for themselves in one way or another (money or notoriety).

        • Dominick Vila

          I wish that would become a reality, but I doubt it. I would not be surprised if most of the people that voted for these idiots don’t see anything wrong with what they did, and the damage they inflicted on our credibility, and our form of government. I would not be surprised if some of them turn against Sens. McCain and Graham for expressing regret for what they did, rather than go after those who betrayed the USA to get even with a man they hate, and preserve a status quo that guarantees the narrow goals of their campaign donors.

        • Sand_Cat

          One needs a brain to remember.

  • Joseph R. Davis

    Listen, Senator Cottonmouth. Let me ‘splain it to you. They AIN”T no “mutual respect” between Obama and that rat-bastard Netanyahu. Bibi opened his big mouth, and stuck both his feet in it, and now you expect Obama to forgive the rattlesnake? What have you been smokin’ Senator?

  • Joseph R. Davis

    I just realized that when Senator Cottonmouth ages a little, and grows some hair on that funny-shaped head of his, he’s gonna look just like…wait for it…JOHN KERRY.

  • Grannysmovin

    e-mail sent to Cotton on Friday

    What a hypocrite you are. You said “This raises the question, of course, if the administration intends to undermine Prime Minister Netanyahu’s efforts to assemble a coalition by suggesting a change to our longstanding policy of supporting Israel’s
    position with the United Nations.” This from a man’s whose party along with Netanyahu thought it was peachy for him to give a speech before Congress undermining our President. You don’t have to like him, but as a United
    States Senator you should respect the Office of the President and the process that
    puts an individual into that office.

    Your letter to Iran, again effort to undermine the President of the United States to further your own agenda, and you have the chutzpah to make the above statement? Mr. Cotton I did not like President Bush’s policies, I thought the war in Iraq was wrong, but I never disrespected him the way you and your party disrespect this
    President. I respected the office that President Bush held and the process that put him there. I may not have agreed with him, but I would never accept another foreign leader coming here and undermining his Presidency. See you don’t have to fight in wars to be a Patriot you just have to love your country more than you hate the man sitting in the oval office.

    Since you support and defend Israel and Netanyahu more than you do our President, perhaps you would be happier living in Israel. No you won’t do that because you are trying to run for President in 2020; however you appear to want it for 2016. Stop putting your political career first.

    • charleo1

      Amen! gs.movin!

    • toptwome

      Well said. They are so full of hate and evil toward President Obama who was the one who turned our country around from the Recession that Bush and republicans were so determined to cause. I really have no confidence in the GOP who bow to Grover Norquist still.

  • Melda Page

    Tom Cotton doesn’t sound too smart. And his strange work record to date, where he seems to change jobs very frequently, makes one think that perhaps his employers haven’t been quite enchanted with him, either. It sure would be interesting to see what kinds of recommendations he got.

  • adler56

    To be a good right winger you have to be a pathological liar- Cotton is.

  • Gerry Mander

    I see the Arkansas idiot is at it again ,why does the Republican leadership in the senate not Try to educate this fool ,oh I forgot the leader himself is not too smart he signed the letter !!!

  • Dominick Vila

    The only audience for a traitor should be a firing squad.

    • Sand_Cat

      Once again, that overused, and thus almost meaningless, word “traitor.” You surprise me, Dominick. Surely there more than sufficient accurate words that are sufficiently scathing. “Traitor” and “treason” are rapidly joining “freedom,” “liberty,” and “natural” as the most abused, and therefore meaningless, words in the language.
      This guy is a real creep, but you’re not usually at a loss for words without going overboard.

      • Dominick Vila

        Sorry, but literary creativity goes out the window for me in the face of betrayal. Particularly when those involved in deliberately undermining our institutions of government, the Presidency, and our credibility are senior elected officials.
        Declaring Iran a hub of terrorism, and then sending a letter to the leaders of the, real of perceived, terrorist country encouraging them not to trust an incumbent U.S. President, and promising to not ratify any agreements signed by him dealing with ending Iran’s efforts to develop nuclear weapons, is an act of treason in my book. The only part of my post that I regret is mentioning a firing squad. I oppose the death penalty. Life in solitary confinement or hard labor in Fort Leavenworth would suffice.

        • Sand_Cat

          I sympathize, and I’m sure you could find few people more immoderate in their use of the language against the GOP than I. It’s just that words like “treason” – after years of misuse by the GOP – have lost their punch. “Betrayal” is a good word which fits without the legalistic baggage.
          As for firing squads, I think suggesting that their deeds and wishes for others instead return to them is more than sufficient. A quick, clean death by firing squad is more than they deserve.

        • Sand_Cat

          Certainly no serious offense intended by me.

      • Independent1

        Sorry Sandy, but the official definition of treason, as it was defined when our country was first established, is far to limiting to be meaningful anymore. Fact is, that over the past 30 plus years, since Reagan was in office, in many instances, Republicans have done more damage to America than people who have been convicted for treason like Benedict Arnold, ever could have. Or the Rosenbergs who passed on some atomic bomb secrets to the Russians back in the 1940s and 50s were convicted and executed for.

        The GOP is more insidious and far more dangerous to America than ISIS or any individual or group of spies or any current country on the planet could ever be in real terms – not perceived terms of maybe, just maybe, they me be tempted to attack us.

        The GOP is attacking America every day from within. Over the past 30 plus years the GOP has worked to destroy the very fabric of America by convincing Americans that it’s the government that’s the enemy – a government that our forefathers set up to not be the enemy but to help guide people into creating lives for themselves worth living; For all Americans!! Not just the Americans that mindless conservatives think have a right to a worthwhile life, BUT ALL AMERICANS!! Not only that but they’ve been responsible for tipping the balance of income and wealth inequality such that America has far more income inequality that all countries on the planet except one. Income inequality that is forcing millions upon millions to struggle every day just to survive -mainly because – the GOP REFUSES TO HELP!!!

        So when those 14 nitwit Republicans met on the night Obama was inaugurated, the committed TREASON every bit as much as Benedict Arnold did by conveying information to the British; by DELIBERATELY plotting to do everything they could to SABOTAGE the American economy. And the GOP has been committing one treasonous act after another over the past 6 plus years working to do just that SABOTAGE AMERICA FROM WITHIN.

        Not only have they kept millions of Americans living in unemployment and in poverty who should have had jobs years ago, they are why thousands of Americans: more than 35,000 a year ARE DYING PREMATURELY but refusing to provide them with health care. And why? Just so they and their rich political donors can continue to NOT PAY their fair share of taxes in keeping America running!!

        And that’s why, it’s only 14 Democrat-run states that actually send enough tax money to Washington to keep our country running. Every Republican state gets almost as much back in return in the way of federal aid as they send to Washington in taxes, and every state that gets back more than $1.50/$1 they send in taxes is a Red State!!

        And not only that, but more Americans die prematurely in Red States every month than died in the 9/11 attack or during the entire Iraq war. And we think THE ONLY ENEMY IS FROM OUTSIDE OUR COUNTRY?? So the definition of TREASON should only apply to some kind of war related deceitful action?? Hogwash!!!

        Working as politicians to allow America to deteriorate into a quasi 3rd world country, while the infrastructure of virtually every foreign industrialized country has far surpassed us?? Where the infrastructure of their highways, rail systems and government buildings is far superior to ours, when 2 decades ago for example: China was like America in the early 1900s and is now far superior to ours!! IS A TRAVESTY!!!! And that TRAVESTY is just going to continue to get worse until these TREASONOUS Republicans are voted out of office!!!!!!!!

        • Sand_Cat

          No need to lecture me about how rotten the GOP is. You’ve changed your avatar – if that’s the right term – but you’ve been around long enough to know how I feel about them.
          Sorry if you don’t like my choice of terms, but at least you are aware of the definition of treason.
          The GOP has certainly betrayed everything I think worthwhile in America, but why use the “T-word”? They’ve made a profession of misusing it against us; why should we be as ignorant as they obviously are? If you need some suitable insults, I’m sure you can find more fitting ones. “Treason” has – like the other words I mentioned – completely lost its meaning for me, and I suspect plenty of others.

          • Independent1

            I wasn’t really trying to lecture you, sorry it came across that way.
            I just felt the need to vent about this disgusting, supposed political party, which is really made up of quasi criminals, that is trying to run America into the sewer any which way they can – while millions of clueless Americans sit back and watch. And they’re getting away with it in some ways – because some of our laws are so antiquated, that they are letting politicians get away with what you be considered treason. If our forefathers could have ever – even dreamed about – the downright dirty actions America politicians would be engaged in 200 plus years after they passed on, in their efforts to destroy America – they would not have defined treason so narrowly.

            (Yes, I actually didn’t have an avatar earlier. The one I’m using now is a photo of the windjammer ‘Victory Chimes’; which sails by our home several times each summer. It’s the largest wind-only sailing ship that sails America’s coastline – and was the model used by the engraver in creating the sailing ship that’s shown sailing by a light house on the Maine Quarter.)

          • Sand_Cat

            Speaking of avatars, since my existing one – courtesy of a Flickr member who was kind enough to grant permission – has been mistaken for a “kitten,” I recently wrote a Nat Geo photographer asking permission to use a more fitting one of a snarling Sand Cat baring its [enormous for so small an animal] fangs, but never heard back. You can find it by Googling “Sand Cat Chattanooga” or going to
            [ the fourth photo down, though it’s unmistakable; the photographer has his own website with lots more as well]
            The existing one is nice, but this other really better captures my feelings after reading about about the latest GOP / “Christian” outrages. Or maybe even better would be the one I found elsewhere of a sand cat running along carrying a very venomous but very dead viper it has captured for a snack.

      • dtgraham

        How about if we replace “traitor” with “a reenactor of Mutiny on the Bounty.” Sufficiently scathing enough?

      • Independent1

        By the way, the last time I checked the We the People petition site on a few days ago, more than 315,000 Americans had signed the petition asking that these 47 senators be brought to justice for their actions bordering on treason.

  • hjs3

    For a perfectly clear explanation of the Senator’s over-steer or paranoia one would need to look no further than AIPAC’s paranoia. As they will whine and kvetch any misgivings so will the Senator who is after-all their ordained, bought and paid for mouthpiece here with the U.S. MSM…..While I am not familiar with Senate rules for negotiating on behalf of a foreign power perhaps they might consider writing one.

  • Daniel Jones

    It’s another tale of that damn fool Cotton;
    shifting blame, his shame forgotten.
    Run Away,
    Run Away,
    Run Away..
    ..from this man.

  • Urbane_Gorilla

    Cotton is a dangerous, stupid, big mouthed jackass, and he’s a prime example of what the GOP has become. That’s why after voting GOP since after Nixon, I’ve finally begun voting Dem.

    • Allan Richardson

      We need millions more like you. While you are still welcome at your former GOP church, lodge, party, and social group, tell as many of them what you have discovered as you possibly can.

  • jamcrky

    This guy reminds of a person who is book smart but with no common sense. He is not a leader, he follow the herd.

    • oldtack

      The person you described was known in my day as an “Intellectual Idiot”

      • jamcrky

        Yes in my day as well….I had forgotten that term, but i am sure we will be hearing it more often when Cotton’s name is mention

      • FireBaron

        Hey, “intellectual idiots” out there resent being compared to Tom Cottonmouth, with his venomous comments.

        • oldtack

          If they resent being compared to “Cotton John” then they are not Intellectual Idiots. They may be highly intellectual but along with that Intelligence they also have COMMON SENSE. That is what separates Highly intellectual people from Intellectual Idiots.

  • Irishgrammy

    After discovering how far up the Defense and Military industries tuckus’s Cotton has his head planted, it has become quite clear to me what this idiot is up to!!! Along with some quite misogynistic comments he has made with regard to women and his “thoughts/views ”,, let alone his unbridled hatred beyond all reason, for the President, which has been on display pretty regularly recently, he has made his positions quite clear! Cotton is in one lanky, homely, ultra faaaarrrrr right wing package, the perfect representation of what is totally unacceptable as a leader, as a man of any decent measure, and an ideological extremist and lover/sycophant of war, so many bombs so many that need bombing attitude! He would never be acceptable in a civilized society/world!!! Tom Cotton shows all just how low a man can sink to gain power, display pure self-promotion to attain that power, and/or fame and glory along with possible wealth from all the usual suspects where money and power are inextricably connected……

    • Bill

      The nicest thing I can say about Cotton is he is a complete MORON and fits right in with the rest of the GOP.

      • Independent1

        You got that right. Some in the GOP even think he’s so special that they’re changing the law in Arkansas so he can run for president in 2020 without having to give up his seat in Congress while he’s making that effort. The GOP there actually thinks he’s presidential material.

        Good Golly!! How low can the GOP go????

        • FireBaron

          Don’t worry. It’s just the Arkansas GOP.

  • toptwome

    Another nitwit republican as if Congress is not full of republicans who are just as extreme as Tom Cotton. Cotton is really talking about of both sides of his mouth.

  • Whatmeworry

    All Cotton is doing is stating the obvious, Barak your over head when it comes to foreign affairs. Everyone you have touched has ended up in disaster after another. Libya, Syria, Ukraine, Yemen, Iran, Iraq Afghanistan

    • Daniel Max Ketter

      President Obama is looking after all Americans, whether proud hard working Democrats or others.

    • RFB108


      • oldtack

        From the garbled content of his last two blogs I think Whatmeworry should start to worry -about his sanity.

        from the garbled content of the last two blogs I think whatmeworry had better begin worrying

        • Sand_Cat

          What sanity?

          Actually, it’s not insanity. Just a standard case of racist ignorance and compulsive dishonesty.

    • Sand_Cat

      Both you and Cotton are “over your heads” in your rectums.

  • All Cotton is doing is stating the racist, Barak is up to par when it comes to foreign affairs. Everyone you have touched has ended up in better off. Libya, Syria, Ukraine, Yemen, Iran, Iraq Afghanistan

    • Sand_Cat

      Speaking a racists…nice projection.

  • Hans Ohff

    From what we know now, it appears that Colorado high school shooter Karl Pierson was an outspoken adherent to the ideology of liberalism.

    • Independent1

      I gather you’re not a Christian. Because Jesus was clearly no conservative – in fact, the term Conservative Christian is an oxymoron.

      All one needs to do is see how the Holy Spirit encouraged the first Christians to live. It goes far beyond liberalism and approaches communism. The total opposite of conservativism – which is the way of the Devil. (Think of ones self above all others. Worry more about ME, in making all decisions rather than caring how decisions one makes will affect others.)

      See this from Acts IV:

      31 After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.

      The Believers Share Their Possessions

      32 All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. 33 With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all 34 that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales 35 and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need.

      36 Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means “son of encouragement”), 37 sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles’ feet.

    • oldtack

      Would you please give us an in depth dissertation the ideology of Liberalism. I’m sure that would be very educational for the majority on the forum.

  • Budjob

    Treacherous,Tehran Tommy,is a TRAITOR.Where in the Hell is the DOJ on the infamous 47??!!

  • Insinnergy

    Wow… can we get basic IQ tests before candidates are allowed to stand?