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Cotton's pets

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Tom Cotton values unborn children more than the other kind. They're less trouble, he explains.

Those children that have already been born, or their caregivers, tiresomely seek food, shelter, education and other benefits, even when the little boogers can't pay for those things. It's as if they think America should nurture its young. If not for the vigilance of the congressman from Dardanelle, and a few others like him, the kids would sneak their hands into the government's pocket, grabbing dollars that could be used for altruistic purposes, like drones and pipelines. Cotton says it's never too early for these little hustlers to learn there's no free lunch, not unless you're a congressman being entertained by a lobbyist.

The unborn child, on the other hand, tends to lie quietly, not bothering his congressman. In gratitude, Cotton attended and spoke at an anti-abortion rally Sunday at the Capitol. Judging from news accounts, his remarks were unmemorable. Cotton is nasty, but he's not eloquent. His senatorial* candidacy is sponsored by the Club for Growth. Even among the radical right-wing lobby groups in Washington, the Club for Growth is distinguished for cold-heartedness. The Club for Growth is too mean for John Boehner.

Even while laboring to keep food stamps from poor children, to deny government assistance to the mentally ill and health care to veterans, Cotton found time to fight for fetuses at an anti-abortion rally. The unborn have a right to be born, he believes. The already born have used up all their rights.

*A previous version of this post incorrectly said Tom Cotton was running for governor instead of U.S. Senator.

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