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Tom Cotton continues his mad rampage through Washington. How long will it be before security takes him into custody? Confinement of the congressman would actually be best for him, and even better for the rest of us.

Cotton is on record against food stamps, student loans, functional government, protecting women against violence. ("Pour it on" seems to be his message to abusers, as if they needed encouragement.)

The other Republican congressmen from Arkansas voted against a Democratic version of the Violence Against Women Act — they're more concerned with being anti-Democrat than pro-women — but they at least voted for an inferior Republican version of the bill, so they could claim some sympathy for battered women.

Cotton voted against both bills, his own party's as well as the Democrats'. In response to Democratic criticism, a spokesman for Cotton said he questioned whether either bill could withstand a legal challenge. The congressman believes it's better to take one's time and get every comma in the right place than to rush to save women from beatings they may have been asking for in the first place.

If somebody introduces a bill to feed starving children, Tom Cotton will vote against it. He's making a name for himself, and it's not the kind of name a sensible person would want.

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