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  •  He may just be another flash in the pan (7+ / 0-)

    His resume doesn't hold a candle to Jindal, but Jindal has already been written off and he isn't done being governor yet. There seems to be a lot of shiny new candidates Republicans lay out as their savior and every one of them has flopped in one way or another. I suspect Cotton with be forgotten  as a generic good-ol-boy Suth'n gentleman back bench congressman in a couple years anyways. Right now the Republican base is grasping at straws to find their savior and latching on to whatever they can find.

    •  Hmm... (1+ / 0-)
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      His resume doesn't hold a candle to [Jindal's]
      Cotton earned an A.B. and a J.D., both earned with high honors, from Harvard, he served as a Federal Appellate Court clerk, he worked as a corporate lawyer, he served in combat as an Army Captain between 2005-2009, he worked for McKinsey and Co. as a management consultant, and he was elected elected to Congress by the age of 35. That certainly than holds a candle to Bobby Jindal's resume at the age of 35 (two years before he was Governor of Louisiana).

      Jindal's been written off partially because of his lackluster performance giving the 2009 SOTU response, but also because of stuff like this:

      I don't think Cotton will have issues like that pop up.

      I suspect Cotton with be forgotten as a generic good-ol-boy Suth'n gentleman back bench congressman in a couple years anyways.
      He's way more capable than "generic good-ol-boy Suth'n gentleman back bench congressman," but I guess we'll have to wait and see.

      Home: North Shore of Illinois, College: Main Line of Pennsylvania (PA-07)

      by IllinoyedR on Mon Apr 15, 2013 at 12:08:34 PM PDT

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      •  Personally I think the country as whole (13+ / 0-)

        outside of the south is at the point where we're not ready for a conservative white Southern Republican man in the near future.  For a number of reasons.  If a Southerner is going to win the Republican primary, it will probably be one from a big state like Florida or Texas (the state every southern Republican president has been from.  All two of them).  Who are the likeliest presidential candidates from those two states?  Neither of them are white.

        ...better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity, than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference. -FDR, 1936

        by James Allen on Mon Apr 15, 2013 at 12:13:55 PM PDT

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      •  Have you seen Jindal's resume? (13+ / 0-)

        -Graduated from Brown University with a double major in Biology and Public Policy and honors in both majors.
        -on the USA-Today All-USA Academic team in 1992.
        -Accepted to both Harvard Medical School and Yale Law School.
        -Rhodes Scholar.
        -Poli Sci M-Litt from Oxford University
        -Age 25 he's appointed Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, overseeing 12,000 employees and 40% of the state's discretionary spending.
        -At age 28 he's appoint President of the University of Louisiana system, overseeing 80,000 students in the nation's 16th largest system of higher education.
        -at age 30 appointed an Assistant Secretary of Health and Human services by George Bush.
        -Elected to congress at age 34 after an unsuccessful run for Governor.

        I'm just saying. I'll make an argument any day for Jindal's general lack of charisma and incompetence as a politician and bad policy decisions based around a narrow-minded ideology, but his resume is more impressive than Cotton's by several degrees.

        "Once, many, many years ago I thought I was wrong. Of course it turned out I had been right all along. But I was wrong to have thought I was wrong." -John Foster Dulles. My Political Compass Score: -4.00, -3.69, Proud member of DKE

        by ArkDem14 on Mon Apr 15, 2013 at 12:22:00 PM PDT

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      •  It isn't just Jindal though (2+ / 0-)
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        Ever since Bush's approval ratings started to fall in 2004, the Republicans haven't really had a rising star than panned out. Thune, Palin, Berg, Bondi, Jindal, Perry, Ryan, Love, Mourdock, and the list goes on. All of these people have been anointed "Republican rising star / savior" in he last decade, and are quickly forgotten and left for dead. I have seen nothing about Cotton that makes me nervous, as he is a skinnier version of Paul Ryan that is kind of boring to listen to with a hint of a nasally twang. And even though it isn't fair, the way a person articulates and comes off on camera and in audio makes a huge difference to their popularity and electoral prospects.

      •  Take out the Harvard name-bomb (3+ / 0-)
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        and he seems like an accomplished but not-out-of-the-ordinary politician. What makes him particularly compelling? If you want to look at insane resumes, go read about some of the Supreme Court justices. Working as a manement consultant (albeit for a well-known firm) and an Army captain doesn't scream "once in a generation" to me.

        21, Male, Latino-Spanish, OK-1 (Tulsa: The Art Deco, Terracotta, and Cultural Gem of Green Country!); Currently studying in Madrid, Spain

        by gigantomachyusa on Mon Apr 15, 2013 at 02:53:21 PM PDT

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      •  Yes America is hungry for a corporate lawyer (4+ / 0-)

        And McKinsey consultants, they love those.

        And Harvard, yes Harvard, there aren't enough Harvard alumni on ballots across America.

        Your man-crush is on an obviously personally impressive guy, sure, but nothing there matters to voters.  Outside Arkansas, he's just another hard-right Southern white male wingnut, with no ability to play well in Loudoun or Prince William Counties if it's national office you picture him seeking.

        45, male, Indian-American, married and proud father of a girl and 2 boys, Democrat, VA-10

        by DCCyclone on Mon Apr 15, 2013 at 07:42:26 PM PDT

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