I won't dispute Dana Milbank's assessment of Sen. Tom Cotton (in "Cotton is filled with rage. Thank God he wasn’t tapped as CIA director"), since Milbank's assessment comes from those who know Cotton best, his colleagues and staff. He "has surpassed Ted Cruz as the most disliked member of the Senate," they say; "he can be as nasty privately as he is publicly, as uncivil to Republicans as he is to Democrats," he "imputes ill motives to those who disagree with him" — "He is, in short, an embodiment of what ails Washington: no compromise, and no disagreement without disagreeability," writes Milbank.
Nastiness, incivility and disagreeability are certainly what ail the Republican Party, anyway, and it, in turn, plagues Washington. It's a trifle hard for me to imagine anyone outpacing Ted Cruz in those particular contemptibilities, but if everyone on Capitol Hill says so, then so be it.
I do, however, take issue with George Will's latest condemnation, in "Trump is no longer the worst person in government."
"His pandering had no purpose beyond serving Pence’s vocation, which is to ingratiate himself with his audience of the moment…. Trump is what he is, a floundering, inarticulate jumble of gnawing insecurities and not-at-all compensating vanities, which is pathetic. Pence is what he has chosen to be, which is horrifying."
I don't dispute that Pence is a horrifying, pandering fool of repulsive unctuousness. But other pols have been just as horrifyingly repellent. Trump, however, is sui genesis in his presidential corruption, his prideful ignorance, his coterie of crooks, and his unspeakable recklessness — all while being in charge of the world's most powerful military. Now that's horrifying.