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March 6, 2014 - 7:28 am

Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor may have just sealed his defeat this fall. In an interview that aired on religious network MSNBC, Pryor attacked Republican Rep. Tom Cotton’s military service. Cotton is running to replace Pryor in the Senate.

Pryor said of Cotton, “I think that’s part of this sense of entitlement, that he gives off, that is almost like, I served my country, therefore let me into the Senate. That’s not the way it works in Arkansas.”

Pryor provided no evidence, of course. Because there isn’t any. Cotton underwent officer training and ranger school in the US Army. Neither of those experiences fosters a sense of entitlement. Neither did Cotton’s tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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So the current Senator sitting in the Pryor seat for Arkansas is accusing his challenger of a sense of entitlement?
Got it. Duly noted. What a jerk.
"son of former Arkansas Governor and U.S. Senator David Hampton Pryor. "
33 weeks ago
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Service in the armed forces demonstrates commitment to the nation. It is a marker of a potentially worthy citizen. Rep. Cotton is following tradition in highlighting his service; he is not claiming it entitles him to political preference.
And yeah, before Senator Pryor gets shirty with Rep. Cotton, he should review Kerry's "reporting for duty" moment at the 2004 convention. Fortunately, the people declined his offer that time.
34 weeks ago
34 weeks ago Link To Comment
Good line: "religious network MSNBC"
34 weeks ago
34 weeks ago Link To Comment
Well, sort of. Pryor attributes the sense of entitlement he perceives Cotton to have as resulting from his service in the military. He is essentially saying, that Cotton's military service is why he feels entitled to a U.S. Senate seat.
34 weeks ago
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Then again there is the example of John Kerry who selectively used his (self)service in the military to gain office. There have always been those who use a stint in the military to boost their political prospects, it is just less fashionable for the Democrats than it once was. However, once Obama gets his big war, expect all those Democrat officers (the ones surviving the current purge) to do all they can to kowtow to their political masters and their political careers.
34 weeks ago
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Most polls are showing Cotton with a slight edge over Pryor. The only saving grace for Pryor might be his Dad, who was a popular AR Senator for many years (Daddy bailed in '96 after Repubs took over in '94). Hard to say how much sway Daddy still has with voters which throws a bit of a kink into the race. Without Daddy's help, Cotton wins easily. With it, it's a coin flip - but for a 2-term incumbent U.S. Senator, that still spells trouble.

This latest verbal gaffe by Pryor isn't going to endear him to veterans & Democrats are already on thin ice with veterans. Moreover, Pryor shouldn't be able to escape supporting Obamacare, which is what sank Blanche Lincoln in '10.
34 weeks ago
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I hope someone in Cotton's campaign finds a way to put that quote up against the 2009 jihad at the Little Rock recruiting office. And, I hope any good will his vote against Abegdile generated is washed away by this.
34 weeks ago
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I trust the Stupid Party will find a way to NOT do that.

Perhaps a "consultant" will tell the campaign that it wouldn't be "honorable".

When the Democratic Party goes to WAR, the Republican Party goes to BINGO.
34 weeks ago
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"When the Democratic Party goes to WAR, the Republican Party goes to BINGO."

Great line!

34 weeks ago
34 weeks ago Link To Comment
We need to learn to play as dirty as the Dems.
34 weeks ago
34 weeks ago Link To Comment
There is nothing dirty about telling the truth, and telling it well.

That's all this would be, and we need more of it.

34 weeks ago
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What is especially ironic is Mark Pryor accuses Tom Cotton of an "entitlement" mentality, while Pryor's entire qualification for the job of U.S. Senator from Arkansas is that his father, David Pryor, used to be the Senior Senator from Arkansas. So, in Mark Pryor's world military service equals entitlement, while nepotism is a virtue. Go figure.
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