March 11, 2015 5:00 pm -

[su_right_ad]The Arkansas senator behind sending the letter to Iran with 46 others should keep a low profile if the Republican Party wants to move forward.  Max Brantley recalled Cotton’s take on women, among other things, in 2013.

He thought the Internet was a bust as an educational tool. He wanted a ban on tobacco at Harvard, where he attended undergraduate and law school. He also decried campus activists as barbarians and wrote about Bill Clinton’s “degeneracy.”

His youthful comments still resonate in the things he says today.

But here’s an area where Cotton continues today to say things that echo his youthful comments and they seem likely to contribute to a gender gap in this race. Remember when he said all women should be legally prohibited from serving in combat roles? It’s not just a muscle mass thing, because clearly some women could meet the physical standards and all men aren’t automatically capable by virtue of their gender. He said, with emphasis added:

To have women serving in infantry, though, could impair the mission-essential tasks of those units. And that’s been proven in study after study, it’s nature, upper body strength, and physical movements, and speed, and endurance, and so forth.

Nature? We look forward to more from Rep. Cotton on the nature of women. We now know his patronizing outlook goes back many years.

From the Ivy League wayback machine of the Harvard Crimson archives comes a taste. Here, Tom Cotton writes glowingly about covenant marriages (his tea leaves failed him on this gimmick taking hold, just as they failed him on the Internet) and the paternalistic Promise Keepers movement. He begins:

Men are simple creatures. It doesn’t take much to please us. The problem is women. How does an utterly simple creature understand an infinitely complex one? Since this creature realizes he is even simpler than most men, I knew only women could help me understand, well, women.

H/t Steve Marmel



D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

24 responses to Why Republicans Should Keep Tom Cotton Under Wraps

  1. rational_thinking_one March 11th, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    His sexist remarks only deepen my belief that he is fighting his own homosexual impulses. His mannerisms and demeanor are a dead giveaway. I have no problem with him being gay. I’m just not a big fan of hypocrites that go over the top with their words/actions to overcompensate their true hidden beliefs/feelings.

    • tiredoftea March 11th, 2015 at 5:41 pm

      That also explains the most of the rabid, fringe right, the military and any enterprise run by Vince McMahon.

    • alpacadaddy March 11th, 2015 at 7:23 pm

      Agreed… and when you wrap it all in the holy-roller born-again (and again) righteous indignation religious warrior mindset…it’s both creepy and scary!

    • rg9rts March 12th, 2015 at 2:12 am

      Him and Lindsey….what a pair

      • Gindy51 March 12th, 2015 at 7:24 am

        Graham/Cotton 2016

        • rg9rts March 12th, 2015 at 9:03 am

          Colbert might even come back to CC for that one

          • FatRat March 12th, 2015 at 6:50 pm


  2. OldLefty March 11th, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    And it’s really funny that Iran FM Zarif Schools GOP Senators on Int’l Law: This is a UNSC

    “it seems that the authors not only do not understand international law,
    but are not fully cognizant of the nuances of their own Constitution when it
    comes to presidential powers in the conduct of foreign policy.”

  3. tiredoftea March 11th, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    LOL, WUT???

  4. KABoink_after_wingnut_hacker March 11th, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    Go for it girls……he seems to be a real catch!

    • Gindy51 March 12th, 2015 at 7:23 am

      I think I threw up a in my mouth a little. bleck.

  5. tracey marie March 11th, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    this guy sure does dig deep holes

    • Larry Schmitt March 11th, 2015 at 8:45 pm

      And he should jump into one and pull it in after himself.

    • William March 12th, 2015 at 9:07 am

      I think he knows he messed up.

  6. Obewon March 11th, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    All 4 Walton heirs called and want a refund from their Arkansas Wal*Mart Senator Cotton.

  7. Mike March 11th, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    I must be getting old, this kid looks like he should be packing groceries at the local Winn Dixie.

    • arc99 March 11th, 2015 at 9:23 pm

      Actually he did apply for the bagging job at Winn Dixie.

      He failed the intelligence test but on the way out the door, the manager consoled him by letting him know that although he lacked the intellectual chops to bag groceries at Winn Dixie, he would be a perfect GOP candidate for the US Senate.

      As they say, the rest is history.

    • rg9rts March 12th, 2015 at 2:11 am

      Dumbo?? More like a piggly wiggly

  8. rg9rts March 12th, 2015 at 2:10 am

    What a resume for an up and coming gopee star…only thing he missed was the aged,poor, minorities…but there plenty of time for that

  9. William March 12th, 2015 at 9:06 am

    “To have women serving in infantry, though, could impair the mission-essential tasks of those units. And that’s been proven in study after study, it’s nature, upper body strength, and physical movements, and speed, and endurance, and so forth.”

    Hey Cotton, my wife is 60 years old she challenges you to an arm wrestling match. She weighs 119 pounds. Loser has to leave Washington DC and never come back.

    • rg9rts March 12th, 2015 at 11:21 am

      I’ll bet she says jump and you say “How High Dear?”

      • William March 12th, 2015 at 11:41 am

        Naw I outweigh her by over 100 pounds, we still train together on some aspects. What has always bothered me is the way ignorant people fail to see the strength gap closing in respect to gender.

        • rg9rts March 12th, 2015 at 11:47 am

          Notice when women (girls) play basketball ,,,,they don’t look like the kids we knew in school

        • Bunya March 12th, 2015 at 1:59 pm

          Hah! The only way you can “take her” in a fight is if you sit on her. My bet is on your wife. =)