Around the South for Mar. 13: AR, FL & GA

Arkansas: Cotton “a leading hawk.” US Sen. Tom Cotton (R) authored the letter telling Iranian officials that the US Congress would be able to undo any agreement with the regime once President Obama leaves office. He also got on the phone and got the signatures of 46 fellow Republican senators, including all 12 freshmen. Said the Washington Post, “In less than three months, Cotton has emerged as one of the most aggressive  national security hawks in the Senate, audaciously challenging Obama’s foreign policy with harsh rhetoric and confrontational tactics.” ……. Florida: Crist a Stassen clone? When an Orlando Sentinel reporter asked former Gov. Charlie Crist’s (D) if he will run for the US Senate next year, Crist answered, “I have been encouraged to.” Commenting on Crist’s comment, Sunshine News’ Nancy Smith compared Crist, who lost his last three races, to the late Harold Stassen, who repeatedly ran for the GOP presidential nomination, often getting not a single delegate’s vote. Smith wrote that if Marco Rubio runs for reelection, “he would tear Charlie the Democrat apart like a terrier on a piece of beef” and predicts he would also have a tough time seeking an open seat, in both the primary and the General Election ……. Georgia: Report from Selma. “If someone told me, when we were crossing this bridge, that one day I would be back here introducing the first African-American president, I would have said, ‘You’re crazy. You’re out of your mind. You don’t know what you’re taking about.’ President Barack Obama!” US Rep. John Lewis (D), who was beaten when he walked across the Edmund Pettus Bridge a half-century ago, introducing the President in Selma last week, reported in …….