Tom Cotton

Is Obama thinking strategically about Syria?

Featured image During yesterday’s House Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Syria, Tom Cotton asked Secretary of State Kerry and the two other administration witnesses about the connection, in the context of the contemplated air strike, between President Obama’s stated goals of (1) responding to the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons and (2) seeing Assad removed from power. Kerry responded with what has become his mantra — the two goals are separate »

Tom Cotton makes the case for authorizing an attack in Syria

Featured image In this Washington Post op-ed, our friend Tom Cotton and his House colleague (and fellow veteran) Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) support the use of force against the Assad regime in response to the regime’s use of chemical weapons. They make three arguments. The first is based on U.S. credibility: Obama drew [a] “red line” a year ago. . . .With or without that comment, our enemies and allies would still be »

The tough road ahead for Mark Pryor

Featured image Politico serves up a piece about Arkansas Senator Mark Pryor, who faces a formidable challenge from our friend Tom Cotton. One doesn’t have to read between the lines to see that the author, Manu Raju, has doubts about Pryor’s re-election prospects. Pryor tells Politico that his path to victory rests on making the case that he’s not a party line Obama loyalist, but rather the kind of conservative Democrat that »

The Cotton Bandwagon Starts to Roll

Featured image The official Tom Cotton campaign is not even 24 hours old, and already the bandwagon is rolling.  Mark Pryor is saddled with saying that “Obamacare has been an amazing success story so far.”  (More Pryor video on this subject here.)  The Club for Growth is out with an ad already: If this keeps up, even the Most Interesting Man in the World is going to get in on the act: »

He’s In! [With Comments By John]

Featured image Tom Cotton made his official announcement of candidacy for the Senate in Arkansas tonight.  We’ll post video when we can, but here’s the excerpt from the speech that, repeated over the next 14 months, is going to end Mark Pryor’s political career: Mark’s been running for office for almost 25 years. Every time, he says, “Arkansas comes first.” It’s not so. Over the last four-and-a-half years, for Mark Pryor, Barack »

Pryor Analytics (with Mid-Day Update)

Featured image As Power Line’s great friend Tom Cotton prepares to run against incumbent Senator Mark Pryor in Arkansas, it is worth taking in some of the early polls.  Over at Hot Air Ed Morrissey rounds it up, and finds the outlook for Cotton is good.  One poll finds that only 37 percent of Arkansas voters think Pryor should be re-elected.  Even the most sympathetic poll for Pryor (conducted by a labor »

Tom Cotton hammers Senate immigration bill

Featured image Our friend Rep. Tom Cotton has ripped the Schumer-Rubio bill in a Wall Street Journal op-ed. Because that legislation is so scandalously flawed, Tom maintains that there should be no House-Senate conference. In other words, House Republicans should not pass any bill, regardless of its merits, unless the leadership agrees to no conference. As the title of Tom’s op-ed states, “It’s the House Bill or Nothing on Immigration.” I understand »

How about some more good political news?

Featured image A poll released Tuesday by the Club for Growth and the Senate Conservatives Fund finds that our friend Rep. Tom Cotton leads Sen. Mark Pryor by 8 points in a projected 2014 contest for the Pryor’s Arkansas Senate seat. The poll also finds that Pryor is viewed favorably by only 36 percent of Arkansas voters. I should add that Tom has not made a decision about whether to run for »

Tom Cotton’s truths about Iraq

Featured image Arkansas Fourth District Rep. Tom Cotton appeared on CNN’s State of the Nation yesterday along with his colleague Hawaii Second District Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (video below). Our friend Rep. Cotton set forth a few significant truths about the American effort in Iraq that should not be obscured by Rajiv Chandrasekaran and his media colleagues. In the Wall Street Journal over the weekend, Naval War College professor of national security affairs »

Congressman Tom Cotton

Featured image On Thursday, Tom Cotton will be sworn in as a member of the House of Representatives. Tom’s election was, in our view, the best news to come out of Election Night. I expect his swearing in to be the best news to come out of Capitol Hill for a good while. We’re happy to report that Tom has been assigned to two key committees: Financial Services and Foreign Affairs. These »

The wrong man

Featured image Tom Cotton is Rep.elect from Arkansas’s Fourth District and a friend of Power Line. On Sunday he appeared on Fox News to reiterate the gist of his Wall Street Journal column on Chuck Hagel — that Hagel is the wrong man for Secretary of Defense. Watch the latest video at Buzzfeed reports that “Chuck Hagel loses altitude.” Zeke Miller observes: “Former Sen. Chuck Hagel’s chances of being Barack Obama’s »

Who Reads Power Line?

Featured image Tom Cotton, that’s who.  Newly elected to the House of Representatives from the 4th district in Arkansas, he was one of the Power Line “pick six” we tracked in this last election.  He hasn’t received his committee assignments yet.  But stay tuned; Tom is going to be a person to watch for many years to come. He’s no stranger to Power Line readers, of course; see here and here, just »

Some House race news and updates

Let’s start with the three Power Line picks. Tom Cotton has been declared the winner in Arkansas’ Fourth District. Right now, he’s up 60-36. The victory of this outstanding American brightens an otherwise gloomy evening. Chip Cravaack trails in Minnesota’s Eighth District by about 3,000 votes with approximately one-third of the vote counted. Mia Love is more than 5,000 votes behind in Utah’s Fourth District with a little less than »

A Final Pre-Election Report on the PL Pick Six

Featured image We have promoted six Republican candidates throughout this election season, selected for a combination of the importance of their races and their quality as conservative leaders. With the election about to begin, here is where they stand; first, the House candidates: Mia Love has withstood a barrage of racist attacks from the Democrats and has a commanding 52-40 lead in the latest polling. She promises to be a dynamic voice »

Tom Cotton of Arkansas

Featured image Jay Nordlinger wraps up his four-part series on our friend Tom Cotton at NRO this morning. Part I is here, part II is here, part III is here, and part IV is here. Tom is running to represent Arkansas’ Fourth Congressional District. He is one of our Pick Six candidates. John held a fundraiser for Tom in Minneapolis early in the campaign. Jay’s reports provide strong evidence that come election »

A fateful letter to the editor of the Times

Featured image Getting to know Tom Cotton has been one of the highest (and most humbling) of the highlights of my experience writing for Power Line. National Review’s Jay Nordlinger headed down to southern Arkansas to watch Tom campaign for Arkansas’ Fourth District congressional seat. Yesterday NRO posted part I of Jay’s report. In part II today, Jay tells how we first got to know Tom, while he was serving as an »

Support Tom Cotton for Congress (Updated)

Featured image Tom Cotton’s relationship with Power Line goes back to 2006, when he was leading a platoon in Baghdad and authored a famous letter to the New York Times–the Times didn’t print it, but we did, and it became an internet sensation. Now Tom is running for Congress in Arkansas’s 4th District, and we are delighted to endorse him as one of the Power Line Pick Six. Tom is a brilliant »