Tom Cotton, the establishment’s choice for Arkansas’s U.S. Senate seat, once praised Hillary and Bill Clinton.
In a video exchange with Hillary Clinton the U.S. Senate candidate Cotton can be heard joking around with Hillary Clinton.
Cotton’s parents are Bill Clinton fans and lifelong Democrats, according to a recent profile of Cotton in The Atlantic Monthly.
And, according to an article that Tom Cotton himself wrote for the Harvard Crimson, his parents also supported Bill Clinton’s contests.
“Bill Clinton is the most successful campaigner of our time because he is the most sincere campaigner of our time,” Cotton wrote at the time. He was especially taken with Hillary. “There could not be a more apposite instance for the phrase ‘Behind every good man lies a better woman.’” Hillary is “more organized, more disciplined, more thoughtful, and more faithful than he is.”
Cotton went on at length to discuss just how smart Bill Clinton is and how much political skill Clinton really has. Even as a young man Cotton can be seen studying Clinton’s political career with an eye towards emulating it.
The roots of Clinton’s political prowess go back to his childhood. An awkward, slightly overweight, and very unathletic tyke, Clinton was out of his element in Hot Springs. Not only were these traits obstacles to childhood and adolescent acceptance, but his social life was also hampered by his glowing intellect: Clinton was just too smart to fit in. His only recourse was surely his personality, and what a personality it was. Recognizing this talent, Clinton developed at a young age his easy-going, affable, glib, hail-fellow-well-met attitude that has so characterized him for years.
Cotton soured on Clinton’s “degeneracy” two years later, calling the president a “compulsive womanizer and a liar.” But he viewed the Monica Lewinsky affair less as a scandal limited to Clinton himself than as an object lesson for the American electorate. “This lesson speaks to the fundamental presumption of democratic self-government, that the people have wisdom and virtue enough to elect politicians wise and virtuous enough to rule,” he wrote.
He appears not to have changed his positive view of Hillary Clinton.