Cotton’s friends say Republican consultants and movement figures, from talk-radio hosts to think-tank fellows, are constantly e-mailing and calling. They see Cotton not just as a partner but as the last, best hope for a wing of the party often dismissed as senescent.
“He’s certainly an Army ranger I wouldn’t want to mess with,” says Jeb Hensarling of Texas, the chairman of the Financial Services committee. “And in a very short time, he has made his mark. To a lot of senior members, he commands their respect.”