Don’t Do It: Why Moving Tom Cotton to the CIA Is a Bad Idea

A job shuffle that would put Senator Tom Cotton in charge of the CIA is one of the worst ideas to come out of the Trump administration.

It’s not that Cotton couldn’t handle things at the intelligence agency. That’s not the problem. It’s what would be lost on Capitol Hill if Cotton, 40, leaves the Senate. He’s only been there for three years but he’s already a critical player.

Who came up with the proposal to use the Trump tax reform bill to kill ObamaCare’s mandate forcing everyone to buy health insurance? (A two-fer that also allows for a bigger cut in taxes.) Who wants to kill “blue slips” so a single Democrat can’t block confirmation of Trump’s judicial nominees? Whose letter to Iran’s mullahs, endorsed by 46 Senate colleagues, warned that a nuclear arms agreement not ratified by the Senate wouldn’t be worth the paper it’s written on?

The answer is Cotton. And I could go on. So I will. Who is the senator closer to Trump than Cotton is? My guess is nobody, though no one refers to Cotton as Trumpian. Cotton…

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