On Twitter last night Ethan Williams, a Young Democrat, said he drove to Gillett and paid $25 to attend the annual Coon Supper so he could ask Sen. Tom Cotton to reopen the government. Sorry, Cotton seems to have said. Trump calls the shots.

Think for a minute about government by and for Trump. Think if he can add a condition to anything that passes through Congress. Consider that the whole of government and American life can be controlled by a single issue of importance to a single despot. That’s where we are. And none of the Arkansas Republicans in Congress have the backbone to resist.

BTW: Williams is worth a follow on Twitter. Particularly if you are not a fan of Republican Rep. Rick Crawford.