'Conservative' Sen. Jeff Flake blasted as 'just part of left'

05 August, 2017, 00:38 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • Sen. Jeff Flake R-Ariz. speaks to members of the media as he walks to a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington. There wasn’t a dramatic public break or a precise mome

That makes what he's doing right now important - but the limitations of his criticism (and that of other Republicans) is a warning to us that there's only so far we can expect members of the president's party to go, no matter how bad things get.

Media Research Center President Brent Bozell III recently called Senator Jeff Flake an "imposter", posing as a conservative and slammed Flake over the title of his new book, Conscience of a Conservative, which bears the same title as a famous conservative work credited to Barry Goldwater, but ghost-written by Bozell's late father, L. Brent Bozell, Jr.

In an excerpt of the book published by Politico, Flake rails against the "Faustian bargain" conservatives struck by embracing Trump, one he admits "was not worth it".

"We shouldn't hesitate to speak out if the president "plays to the base" in ways that damage the Republican Party's ability to grow and speak to a larger audience", he wrote. At any rate, they say, the serious investigations by Senate committees are highly unusual for a Congress to inflict on a new same-party administration. Unfortunately, that will not happen until after the 2018 mid-term elections. Not exactly a program of full-throated opposition.

We have taken our "institutions conducive to freedom", as Goldwater put it, for granted as we have engaged in one of the more reckless periods of politics in our history.

"The problem is you've got globalists like Jeff Flake who are in total disarray with conservatives", the former Arkansas governor told host Shannon Bream on Tuesday.

The survey data shows a few warning signs for Flake, and suggests the right candidate could ride Trump's coattails to success in a primary. In fact, the president has reportedly met with some Arizona Republicans about launching a primary challenge against the incumbent senator, who's up for re-election next year.

As for the president, Trump has the approval of 44 percent here after winning the state with 49 percent in November.


Some are describing the dynamic in cold, transactional terms, speaking of Mr Trump as more of a supporting actor than the marquee leader of the Republican Party.

Overall, 52% of Arizona voters surveyed for the poll said they were less likely to vote for Flake in his 2018 reelection bid due to his vote in support of the various Republican plans.

Hunt: Trump has made it clear that he wants to get rid of special counsel Robert Mueller, who's running the investigation of his ties to Russian Federation. People will be willing to reach across the aisle and work out differences.

The relationship between US President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans has deteriorated so sharply in recent days that some are openly defying his directives, bringing long-simmering tensions to a boil as the party labours to reorient its stalled legislative agenda.

At that moment, the question we often mull over - can Trump hold on to his party? - will become absolutely vital to the future of the country.

"There was a time when the leadership of the Congress from both parties felt an institutional loyalty that would frequently create bonds across party lines in defense of congressional prerogatives in a unified front against the White House, regardless of the president's party", Flake writes.

Trump's Scottish golf courses are hemorrhaging money (they lost $1.8M in 2015) and the only way they can be profitable is if they're allowed to expand, but that's nearly certainly not going to happen. Obamacare repeal is about configuring the government's role in health insurance. Grassley vowed there would be no hearings for a replacement attorney general if Trump axed Jeff Sessions to clear the way to removing Mueller. Some of them criticized his decision to ban transgender Americans from serving in the military. "We have quite enough volatile actors to deal with internationally as it is without becoming one of them". The GOP is still emphatically behind Trump, to its everlasting shame.

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