Arkansas GOP Nominates House Candidate Who Called For Jailing NY Times Journalists

On Tuesday, the Arkansas Republican Party nominated Tom Cotton as their candidate to replace retiring Blue Dog Mike Ross. Cotton became a minor celebrity in the right-wing blogosphere after he penned a letter in 2006 calling for two Pulitzer Prize winning reporters and the New York Times‘ executive editor to be thrown “behind bars” for publishing a story about a Treasury Department program to disrupt terrorist organization’s finances. Since President Obama took office, Republicans have taken to campaigning on outlandish claims that they are the sole protectors of our Constitution. Before Cotton takes up this strategy, however, he might want to familiarize himself with the following words: “Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.” [HT: Adam Serwer]