U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton insists he’s running for re-election in Arkansas in 2020, not president of the U.S., or so news coverage out of Iowa last night indicates.

About that:


1) An ally changed the law in Arkansas so he can do both in 2020.

2) Why else would you be making repeat appearances in Iowa Republican venues?


3) Just because Tom Cotton says it, doesn’t make it so.

Cotton was meeting Iowa Republicans Friday. He continues, to the extent he comments at all, to provide some cover for Donald Trump.


Trump’s hosts were standing by the president and calling Cotton’s appearance an opportunity for Republican activists to meet a potential future leader.

“We are wanting him to get noticed here in Iowa. We’re looking at down the road,” Pottawattamie County GOP Chairman Jeff Jorgensen said. “We’re on board with Trump at this time.”

An Iowa reporter finally wormed a little side-stepping comment out of Cotton (normally sure about EVERYTHING) about the appointment of a special counsel, Robert Mueller, to review the Trump-Russia connections, which are abundant, crime or no crime.

I can’t evaluate whether it’s a good decision or not, the right decision or not. I don’t have all the facts, all the reasoning the deputy attorney general had,” he said, although praising Mueller as widely respected. “The deputy attorney general made the decision based on certain facts and analysis that he has access to that we don’t have access to in the Congress.”

I liked this quote about Comey:

“I hope that he will produce memos he is alleged to have written about those exchanges,”

Alleged said the man headlined in Iowa news accounts as a “rising star” in the Republican Party.