Sen. Tom Cotton can always find an excuse to obstruct the Obama administration. Today, he’s holding up ambassador appointments because of the unrelated question of whether the Secret Service leaked information about U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, who once unsuccessfully appplied to work in the Secret Service.

He’s holding up three ambassador appointments. He may do more.

Having seen Chaffetz in action last week, you could say where he’d be a soulmate of Cotton’s.

And if this can be used to stop an ambassador to Norway, why not to stop anything else Cotton doesn’t like. He and Kim Davis have a similar view of public service. My way is next to godliness. This is simple political extortion.The Obama administration must do as he demands or Cotton will block them.


PS — By all means hold the Secret Service accountable. It can be done without extortion.