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More evidence that Tea Party Rep. Tom Cotton (R. AR) is just awful:

U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, gestures after announcing his candidacy for the U.S. Senate in Dardanelle, Ark., Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
Republican Rep. Tom Cotton, speaking today before the conservative Federalist Society in Washington, used the occasion to brand President Obama as a scofflaw somewhere, by implication, almost traitorous. Tone deaf on Cotton's part? The president has been on the ground in tornado-ravaged Arkansas and, by accounts so far, has enjoyed an outpouring of warmth from residents happy to receive presidential attention and federal aid as they dig out of a disaster that took 16 lives.

Cotton, in sometimes sneering and saracastic prepared remarks delivered choppily, called the president anti-Constitution and anti-Declaration of Independence, an opponent of "absolute truth."

Cotton said Obama rejects, by implication of past statements, the "absolute truth that all men are created equal." He said he denies the "moral foundation of our governing charter." He rejects the "premise of the Declaration of Independence." Examples in Cotton's view: Opposition to the Defense of Marriage Act, Dodd-Frank, Obamacare, big government in general (more on that in a bit).

Cotton drank the Jesus juice, as Mike Huckabee once said of his most devoted opponents. It blinds extremists like Cotton to nuance, the possibility that others might view things differently — even simple humanity. Even people who didn't vote for Obama welcomed him in Arkansas today. Even people like Jason Rapert, who's called for Obama's impeachment, moderated his tone on Twitter today to thank the president for his interest in his county.

Cotton, you have to credit, is true to his antipathy to big government, even when it's bad for people in Arkansas, whether in providing health care, Social Security or storm relief.

Tom Cotton is the same man who's voted not once, but many times, against FEMA funding and federal disaster aid. It's a part of his unwavering belief that government is too big and that it tries to do too much for people who need to get off their food stamp-cosseted butts and out of their Cadillace SUVs and do more for themselves. Happy to say for Arkansas this week, his view on federal disaster funding failed in even the Republican-controlled House. It's coming here despite his votes. More people in Arkansas will see reports like this than hear Cotton's speech, lucky for Cotton. - Arkansas Times, 5/7/14

Seriously, he's such a fucking asshole.  And he will also spend big to make his legal troubles go away:

The Senate campaign of Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) labeled as frivolous an ethics complaint against him that was based on a Huffington Post article, but his latest campaign finance filing seems to show he took it quite seriously.

The complaint, since tossed by the Office of Congressional Ethics, alleged that Cotton broke rules by appealing for campaign donations from a House office. It was based on a HuffPost article that noted Cotton made the money pitch in a radio interview in which host Hugh Hewitt said repeatedly that Cotton was on House grounds. The congressman's campaign said Hewitt was mistaken about Cotton's location, and ethics investigators apparently found no proof to the contrary.

Nevertheless, Cotton's latest filing with the Federal Election Commission shows he paid nearly $70,000 to the law firm Patton Boggs after the complaint was filed. Patton Boggs is one of Washington's top firms handling ethics complaints, and has been retained by Reps. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) and Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), both of whom face more serious complaints.

It's not entirely clear from Cotton's filing what the "legal consulting" was for, but the timing coincides with the complaint filed by the Democratic Party of Arkansas. The ethics office declared Dec. 4, 2013, that it was looking into the matter. - Huffington Post, 5/1/14

Seriously, it's no wonder Cotton negatives have jumped up in the polls.  Even though Arkansas doesn't like Obama, they're still grateful to have him aid them in their time of need.  And Senator Mark Pryor (D. AR) is meeting up with Obama to asses the damage:

Obama's aerial tour was to include the city of Mayflower, damage surrounding Interstate 40 and rural Faulkner County, along with Vilonia, a small city about 30 miles north of Little Rock that suffered the most extensive damage from the storms.

In Vilonia, Obama was to take a walking tour of Parkwood Meadows, where just six of its 56 homes have any part still standing. He also was to meet at City Hall with families, first responders and recovery workers.

Obama was accompanied by Gov. Mike Beebe, Sen. Mark Pryor and Rep. Tim Griffin.

Pryor is running for a third term against Republican Rep. Tom Cotton in one of the most expensive and closely watched Senate races in the country. Neither faces an opponent in the May 20 primary.

Pryor's willingness to appear with Obama contrasts with other Democrats in difficult races who have chosen to keep their distance from the president. Obama lost Arkansas in the 2008 and 2012 elections, and polls show he remains deeply unpopular in the state.

Republicans have made major gains in Arkansas over the past two elections by tying Democrats to Obama and his policies, particularly the federal health care law. The GOP controls both chambers of the state Legislature and holds all but one of its House and Senate seats in Washington.

Former President Bill Clinton and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson visited the storm-damaged communities of Mayflower and Vilonia on Sunday, and Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate visited the day after the storm hit. - AP, 5/7/14

In fact it was Pryor himself who called on President Obama to asses the damage:

And yet it was at Pryor’s urging that Obama on Wednesday made his first trip to the state as president — a 150-minute foray that in reality was largely about midterm campaign politics, even though it was officially all about getting the first-responder-in-chief to put his own eyes on the South’s severe natural disasters.

“The federal government’s going to be right here until we get these communities rebuilt,” the president said after touring the tornado-ravaged suburb of Vilonia, 30 miles north of Little Rock. “I know you can count on your senator” and other local officials to deliver what will be required, Obama said, facing the cameras in shirt sleeves with a checkered-shirt-clad Pryor standing near his right shoulder.

Because of some unusual circumstances, the visit did not countermand the conventional wisdom that standing with the president is the most dangerous thing a vulnerable congressional Democrat could do between now and November.

Instead, the event provided Pryor with an extraordinary opportunity to burnish his own political brand.

“Putting Arkansas first, regardless of political consequences, is his trademark,” the senator’s campaign website home page boasts. It’s a theme Pryor returns to most often when he’s explaining his reasons for opposing Obama or the majority of his fellow Senate Democrats, which he did as often as any other member of his party last year. But in this case, Pryor can say bringing the president to view the damage, and personally lobbying for the most generous possible federal response, was the most appropriate way to help his constituents — despite any risks to his own electoral fortunes.

Had the senator asked the White House to steer the president clear of the damage, Pryor would have subjected himself to charges of hypocrisy, that he was putting his own campaign optics ahead of what’s best for the state. - Roll Call, 5/7/14

And Cotton is going to get hit with some more negative ads soon:

Sen. Mark Pryor needs all the help he can get. The Arkansas Democrat is trying to widen the razor thin margin he currently enjoys in the polls over his Republican challenger Tom Cotton in a race that has attracted millions of dollars from national political groups from both sides of the political spectrum. The Senate Majority PAC — a Democratic super PAC run by former aides of Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., — revealed Wednesday it has fired off another six figure  ad expenditure ($464,000) opposing Cotton, the sitting congressman for the state's Fourth District.

The filing coincides with President Obama's trip to the state, where he surveyed storm damage and briefly met with Pryor and others Wednesday, before flying to Los Angeles, Calif. to attend a series of fundraisers for the Democratic National Committee. - Sunlight Foundation, 5/7/14

Pryor is doing his job and looking out for his constituents in time of need.  Cotton's up in D.C. voting against disaster aid and trashing Obama.  Again, this proves that Cotton is the biggest asshole running for U.S. Senate.  If you would like to donate and get involved with Pryor's re-election bid, you can do so here:

Originally posted to pdc on Wed May 07, 2014 at 05:06 PM PDT.

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  •  Hint, You Can Spot Someone Who Doesn't Think (3+ / 0-)
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    a2nite, terrybuck, Patate

    people are created equal, from about a mile away in good lighting.

    --Someone the Republicans will accuse of it, at least.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Wed May 07, 2014 at 05:29:56 PM PDT

  •  Mr. Cotton is not to be mixed up with people who (8+ / 0-)

    need help in his state as they recover from a natural disaster.  Mr. Cotton is full of vitriol trying to pass as intelligence.  People in dire need  are Americans who need our help.  As for Mr. Cotton, ignorance is its own reward.

  •  This is the ad that needs to be: (10+ / 0-)
    Pryor is doing his job and looking out for his constituents in time of need.  Cotton's up in D.C. voting against disaster aid

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Wed May 07, 2014 at 05:33:27 PM PDT

  •  Great post poopdog. How many is this so far? (6+ / 0-)

    Yesterday you did 10 posts, all of which were substantial.

    I'm trying to make my posts shorter. I've noticed long ago that for every doubling over about three short paragraphs the readership will tend to drop by half or more.

    And, this ratio continues, compounding as the length expands.

    For a lot of readers who have had long days at work, or are reading on little mobile apps struggling to get bandwidth these kinds of longer articles are inaccessible.

    I know I'm the last person that should be sharing these "insights" as my post tend to be way too long.

    Over the last few day, one of my "top writing exercise goals," has been "keep it short stupid." Even with this in mind I just wrote that long five part Christie post which I see you rec'd and I appreciate. You and I are avid readers and have loads of bandwidth.

    A few weeks ago, we had to drop one of my girlfriends friends and son at the airport and they were in danger of running late.

    So I drove them, and checked in with my Iphone on the diary I just posted and realized that two of the extra paragraphs that I had written out, got left in so I had five paragraphs.

    As soon as we got to Logan Airport I frantically started trying to edit this out from my Iphone, even using my account password over the damn non-secure airport public internet but could not get enough bandwidth to even load the post, and it wasn't even 1/4 as long as your post above.

    You know if you did "normal length posts you could probably do 30 posts a day and get 10 times or more as many recs for each one.

    I like the substance of these long ones so this isn't a recommendation that you do this. I just wanted to make sure you knew.  

    Anyhow thanks for rec'cing my post.

    You've been doing a lot of great work on the Congressional elections. Thanks and keep on trucking.

    "Seriously, Folks, WTH?" - ("What the Heck? "h/t Joan McCarter, Seriously, Florida. WTF?)

    by HoundDog on Wed May 07, 2014 at 05:37:30 PM PDT

    •  Thanks man and I've lost count! Short is good but (3+ / 0-)
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      ichibon, HoundDog, Patate

      I say take as long as you need to explain your point.

      Funny Stuff at

      by poopdogcomedy on Wed May 07, 2014 at 06:51:15 PM PDT

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      •  That's what I like to hear poop dog. I can (1+ / 0-)
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        sometimes take three paragraphs just to say hello. I love words and talking.

        Your up to seven I think.

        Yesterday you did 10.

        You've been Number 1 on the Most Frequent Posters  of the Month for several months now.

        This column is mislabeled and should read "Most Frequent Recent Posters" as the actually formula used appears to be a multi-order information smooth. Probably third-order with perhaps a time constant of a month which will produce a running average effectively over a longer period weighted most heavily for the recent months but going back a ways.

        Actually the weighting may be 3 to 6 months.

        I was the Number 1 most frequent post for more than the last half of 2012 but burnt out, got depressed, was angry at the mid-night New Year's Eve compromise blunder etc. So I complete stopped posting then. Well I posted one more dairy in January, but I had been posting around 4 or 5 seven days a week.

        Some of the Front Pagers do this many five days a week, but they are "penalized" because it appears to be that he posts they do under the Front Page Daily Kos banner may not be counted.

        Whatever, the funny point, is even after I completely stopped posting I was still listed as the number one most frequent poster of the month all the way through April, when I started to drop. Then dropped in the pattern one would expect from a higher order information smooth.

        There were a lot of public domain code for these floating around back when the Scoop people must have written the original software and I can tell what they they were probably thinking.

        They must have thought they didn't want some new stranger just getting on top of the list after only being here for one month as a simple straight 30 day average would produce, nor did they want the top most prolific writer here disappearing from the list just because they may have had the flu or took off  week of vacation.

        So the third order information Smooth Function as it is often also called is often used to introduce such stability, however, the period of the time delay of the stacked smoothed functions does not correspond to the effective delay produced  as a consequence of the whole function.

        Whatever.  You may be the only other person out of 1,000,000 UIDs who may sort of almost find it interesting.

        The practical implication for you is if you Number 1 status in this regard is important to you, and it shouldn't be of course, but maybe if it is just a little, you do not have to sweat bullets if you should miss a day or a week, or even a month.

        If you've been doing 7 to 10 post a day for any length of time the computer routine will have enough points locked in for you that could probably stop writing for 4 months and still be listed as number 1. (unless they've changed the routine.)  Even your posting rate from six months ago is still probably affecting the weighted average in a small way.

        Cheers and keep on truckin' bro.

        "Seriously, Folks, WTH?" - ("What the Heck? "h/t Joan McCarter, Seriously, Florida. WTF?)

        by HoundDog on Wed May 07, 2014 at 09:12:42 PM PDT

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  •  The ABC News today: (4+ / 0-)
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    Ckntfld, AnnieR, ichibon, Patate

    "Even though Obama is extremely unpopular, he went anyway, and the people welcomed him and are glad for the aid"

    To paraphrase

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Wed May 07, 2014 at 05:38:45 PM PDT

  •  Mr. President come to Washington Illinois (0+ / 0-)

    I sure the citizen there have a few words to share with you and your FEMA.

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