The Rise of Tom Cotton



enator Tom Cotton is not the first person who comes to mind when you think of the forces driving the ideological development of today’s GOP. Nebraska’s Ben Sasse has a Ph.D. and was a university president. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee are whip-smart, well-spoken constitutional experts whose reputations as ideas men Cotton can’t match. And it seems that Josh Hawley wants to be seen as a thought leader.

And yet, though he lacks Sasse’s professorial-yet-friendly tone, Cruz’s and Lee’s oratorical skills, and Hawley’s nose for publicity, Cotton has begun to play a key role in shaping the direction of the caucus,

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