by Max Brantley
Here, the Weekly Standard, home to his (and Sarah Palin's) main cheerleader, Bill Kristol, notes approvingly his op ed in the Murdoch organ whose editorial page is a Bible for the Club for Growth — the Wall Street Journal. Cotton is among the House reactionaries determined to kill bipartisan Senate immigration reform.
Why? It's simple. A path to citizenship and/or legal presence for the 12 million people currently living in the U.S. without proper documentation is unacceptable to Tom Cotton. You almost wonder whether he owns a bus company hungering to truck all those hard working people back to their homelands.
Cotton is mighty proud of his meanness, judging by circulation of the WSJ piece by his press secretary. He's certain it plays well in the 4th District, despite it being home to several cities now trending majority Latino thanks to the influx of immigrants who work in poultry, timber and other sweaty toil. Screw them, Cotton says. And you can be sure he and his party will do all they can to make sure they don't vote.
On immigration, as with farmers, food stamps, Medicare, taxes, guns, or whatever, Cotton declares it's his way or nothing passes. If you want to see the best example of the dysfunctionality of Congress, Tom Cotton has moved to the head of the class.
PS — Here Cotton pulls his brilliant op-ed out from behind the WSJ protected content.