What do you do when you have no heavyweight candidates in any key senate races for next year? You go on a rather cantankerous rant against candidates who may, or may not, be running. In Arkansas, where Democrats are defending the highly vulnerable Sen. Mark Pryor, the DSCC has done just that, with a rather comical attack on Republican Congressman Tom Cotton over Iran.
On May 23, Peter Urban on the Times Record, a local news outlet, reported that:
At a House Foreign Affairs Committee meeting [last] Wednesday, Cotton sought to extend sanctions that would be imposed on Iranian human rights violators to close family members of the “primary malfeasant.”
Some Democrats on the panel raised concerns that the proposal was unconstitutional because it would violate “due process” protections guaranteed under the Fifth Amendment. Cotton, R-Dardanelle, argued that those protections only apply to U.S. citizens.
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee issued a news release [last] Thursday that claimed Cotton’s proposal would “completely disregard American citizens’ due process rights guaranteed under the Fifth Amendment.”
“To call Tom Cotton an extreme ideologue is not overstating anything. He is proposing legislation that would eliminate the constitutional right to due process for grandchildren, nieces and nephews of Americans accused of a crime,” said Justin Barasky, a DSCC spokesman.
Cotton said the aim of his proposal was to prevent a human rights violator from avoiding sanctions by simply shifting assets to a family member as has happened in the past.
This reeks of desperation. Foreign policy doesn’t award you success at home anymore, especially when everyone is worried about their bank accounts and job security. If Democrats are trying to discourage Cotton from challenging Pryor with this Iranian nonsense, then it’ll fail miserably. If they wish to keep Pryor somewhat alive in Arkansans, they need to talk to Mike Bloomberg, who is softening Pryor up for Republicans through his anti-gun ads.
Jennifer Rubin at the Washington Post blogged today about this development. She noted how the Democratic attacks against Cotton won’t gain much traction since Iranian sanctions are supported by both parties. Lastly, with inanity filling the air, she suggests that Pryor could take the road many have taken before him: retirement.
First, Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns is running an ad attacking Pryor for his vote. I imagine the state GOP is thrilled, hoping this will depress his support among Democrats.
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee issued a news release Thursday that claimed Cotton’s proposal would “completely disregard American citizens’ due process rights guaranteed under the Fifth Amendment.”
What?!? The DSCC thinks we shouldn’t sanction Iranians because of the Fifth Amendment? If this is how they are going to craft a campaign against the GOP’s potential candidate, Cotton will be a lucky man.
Between attacks on Pryor from the left and wacko attacks on Cotton from the DSCC, the Senate race in Arkansas is shaping up to be a nightmare for Pryor. Might he just follow the parade of retirees?