Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) is lurking behind many bad ideas and irresponsible impulses that motivate the Trump administration. Whether it is attempting (in league with White House
anti-immigrant zealot Stephen Miller) to wreck a deal to fix the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program or to play defense for President Trump on Russia, Cotton seems to be trying both to insinuate himself into the White House
's good graces and to present himself as the most Trumpian senator, setting himself up as the heir to Trump. His malignant influence is nowhere more apparent -- or more dangerous -- than on Iran.