by Max Brantley
The Arkansas senator is certainly a man in a hurry. At 39 he’s the youngest senator, elected in 2014 after a single term in the House. If Donald Trump loses in November, the veteran of two wars and Harvard Law grad is sure to be the focus of 2020 presidential chatter.The article gently touches on the idea that Cotton's abrasiveness could use some buffing.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) tried to offer some gentle guidance for Cotton, saying he hopes the senator will help expand the party's appeal beyond the traditional constituencies that elected him in Arkansas.Cotton hasn't shown much balance in Arkansas, except for his social media push to fill Twitter and Facebook with wooden grip-and-grins with visiting Arkies amid harsh jabs at his Democratic enemies.
“More Hispanics, more young women, more African Americans, I think that's the future. People of his age and generation, he could be...” Graham said, cutting himself off from offering Cotton explicit advice. “It depends on what he wants to do … He’s feisty. I’ve been feisty. But you’ve got to balance being feisty and being effective. I think he can do both.”