Sen. Jeff Flake surrenders rather than fight against ‘Trumpism’ (Updated)

Color me not surprised. Senator Jeff Flake has decided not to run for reelection in a GOP primary poisoned by Trumpism, the new American fascism. So much for being the defender of traditional conservative values. Flake has surrendered rather than stand and fight against the tyranny of Trumpism.

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. – Edmund Burke (conservative icon)

Arizona now has an open senate seat and this is likely to result in a clusterfuck GOP primary with several more candidates to announce in coming weeks that could shake up other election races. Stay tuned.

The Arizona Republic reports, Arizona’s Jeff Flake announces he will not seek re-election to U.S. Senate:

Condemning the nastiness of Republican politics in the era of President Donald Trump, Sen. Jeff Flake on Tuesday announced he will serve out the remainder of his term but will not seek re-election in 2018.

The bombshell, which Flake, R-Ariz., detailed Tuesday afternoon on the Senate floor, will further roil Republican hopes of keeping the party’s 52-seat Senate majority in the midterm elections of Trump’s first term, when the president’s party historically loses seats in Congress.

It also likely will upend the race for Flake’s seat.

Flake, one of the Senate’s more prominent critics of President Donald Trump, has been struggling in the polls.

He told The Arizona Republic ahead of his announcement that he has become convinced “there may not be a place for a Republican like me in the current Republican climate or the current Republican Party.”

Flake said he has not “soured on the Senate” and loves the institution, but that as a traditional, libertarian-leaning conservative Republican he is out of step with today’s Trump-dominated GOP.

“This spell will pass, but not by next year,” Flake said.

“Here’s the bottom line: The path that I would have to travel to get the Republican nomination is a path I’m not willing to take, and that I can’t in good conscience take,” Flake told The Republic in a telephone interview. “It would require me to believe in positions I don’t hold on such issues as trade and immigration and it would require me to condone behavior that I cannot condone.”

As of Sept. 30, Flake’s campaign had $3.4 million on hand. He has continued to raise money — as recently as Thursday, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice headlined a fundraiser for him in Arizona.

Flake said he has ruled out running as an independent rather than a Republican, saying he didn’t think that was a viable strategy. He also said he has “no intention” of making a presidential run.

Senate race opens up

Kelli Ward, the former state senator from Lake Havasu City who lost her primary challenge last year against Sen. John McCain, has emerged this year as the top GOP alternative to Flake, but other names have been mentioned as possibilities: Arizona State Treasurer Jeff DeWit, former Arizona Republican Party Chairman Robert Graham and Arizona Board of Regents member Jay Heiler. Lesser-known Republicans Craig Brittain and Nicholas Tutora also have filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission and are running.

But Flake’s exit is sure to prompt bigger Arizona Republican names to take a fresh look at the GOP Senate race.

Far-right extremists Robert and Rebekah Mercer’s white nationalist attack dog Stepen Bannon has embraced Kelli “Chemtrails” Ward as part of his national “open revolt” against the GOP establishment.

But other Republicans have warned that Ward is a weak candidate whose nomination would jeopardize GOP chances of holding Arizona’s Senate seat.

The winner of the Aug. 28 Republican primary could face Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., considered the front-runner in her the Democratic Senate primary.

“It’s been an honor to know and serve with Jeff,” Sinema said in an emailed statement to The Republic. “He is a man of integrity and a statesman who is true to his convictions – an Arizonan through and through. I wish he and (his wife) Cheryl and their family the very best.”

Flake said he gave McCain a heads up about his decision.

“Of course, he’s a great and honorable man. I’m disappointed,” McCain said.
“I don’t know if the party has changed.”

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., praised Flake as “one of the finest human beings I’ve met in politics

“He is moral, upright, and strong and he will be missed by just about everybody in the Senate,” Schumer said in a written statement.

UPDATE: Conservative pundit Ross Douthat amplifies the caption to this post. Jeff Flake’s Defiant Surrender:

Jeff Flake of Arizona has delivered a barnburner of a Senate address about the civic costs of the Trump presidency — while simultaneously declaring that because he can’t win his primary in a Trumpified party, he won’t even stay and fight it out.

To the extent that there’s a plausible theory behind all of these halfhearted efforts, it’s that resisting Trump too vigorously only strengthens his hold on the party’s base, by vindicating his claim to have all the establishment arrayed against him.

But the problem with this logic is that it offers a permanent excuse for doing nothing, no matter how bad Trump’s reign becomes . . . In the end, if you want Republican voters to reject Trumpism, you need to give them clear electoral opportunities to do so — even if you expect defeat, even if it’s all but certain. And an anti-Trump movement that gives high-minded speeches but never mounts candidates confirms Trump’s claim to face establishment opposition while also confirming his judgment of the establishment’s guts and stamina — proving that they’re all low-energy, all “liddle” men, all unwilling to fight him man to man.

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And not only for the sake of their honor. The president’s G.O.P. critics should engage in electoral battle because the act of campaigning, the work of actually trying to persuade voters, is the only way anti-Trump Republicans will come to grips with the legitimate reasons that their ideas had become so unpopular that voters opted for demagoguery instead.

In short, Sen. Flake has an obligation to run a jeremiad campaign against the Trumpism cancer in the GOP, not to withdraw from the field of battle.

Flake publicly announced his intentions in a Senate floor speech that began around noon Arizona time. Here is the prepared text of his speech:

The following is the text of Sen. Jeff Flake’s remarks from the floor of the U.S. Senate on Oct. 24, 2017, as prepared for delivery.

Mr. President, I rise today to address a matter that has been much on my mind, at a moment when it seems that our democracy is more defined by our discord and our dysfunction than it is by our values and our principles. Let me begin by noting a somewhat obvious point that these offices that we hold are not ours to hold indefinitely. We are not here simply to mark time. Sustained incumbency is certainly not the point of seeking office. And there are times when we must risk our careers in favor of our principles.

It must also be said that I rise today with no small measure of regret. Regret, because of the state of our disunion, regret because of the disrepair and destructiveness of our politics, regret because of the indecency of our discourse, regret because of the coarseness of our leadership, regret for the compromise of our moral authority, and by our — all of our — complicity in this alarming and dangerous state of affairs. It is time for our complicity and our accommodation of the unacceptable to end.

In this century, a new phrase has entered the language to describe the accommodation of a new and undesirable order — that phrase being “the new normal.” But we must never adjust to the present coarseness of our national dialogue — with the tone set at the top.

We must never regard as “normal” the regular and casual undermining of our democratic norms and ideals. We must never meekly accept the daily sundering of our country — the personal attacks, the threats against principles, freedoms, and institutions; the flagrant disregard for truth or decency, the reckless provocations, most often for the pettiest and most personal reasons, reasons having nothing whatsoever to do with the fortunes of the people that we have all been elected to serve.

None of these appalling features of our current politics should ever be regarded as normal. We must never allow ourselves to lapse into thinking that this is just the way things are now. If we simply become inured to this condition, thinking that this is just politics as usual, then heaven help us. Without fear of the consequences, and without consideration of the rules of what is politically safe or palatable, we must stop pretending that the degradation of our politics and the conduct of some in our executive branch are normal. They are not normal.

Reckless, outrageous, and undignified behavior has become excused and countenanced as “telling it like it is,” when it is actually just reckless, outrageous, and undignified.

And when such behavior emanates from the top of our government, it is something else: It is dangerous to a democracy. Such behavior does not project strength — because our strength comes from our values. It instead projects a corruption of the spirit, and weakness.

It is often said that children are watching. Well, they are. And what are we going to do about that? When the next generation asks us, Why didn’t you do something? Why didn’t you speak up? — what are we going to say?

Mr. President, I rise today to say: Enough. We must dedicate ourselves to making sure that the anomalous never becomes normal. With respect and humility, I must say that we have fooled ourselves for long enough that a pivot to governing is right around the corner, a return to civility and stability right behind it. We know better than that. By now, we all know better than that.

Here, today, I stand to say that we would better serve the country and better fulfill our obligations under the constitution by adhering to our Article 1 “old normal” — Mr. Madison’s doctrine of the separation of powers. This genius innovation which affirms Madison’s status as a true visionary and for which Madison argued in Federalist 51 — held that the equal branches of our government would balance and counteract each other when necessary. “Ambition counteracts ambition,” he wrote.

But what happens if ambition fails to counteract ambition? What happens if stability fails to assert itself in the face of chaos and instability? If decency fails to call out indecency? Were the shoe on the other foot, would we Republicans meekly accept such behavior on display from dominant Democrats? Of course not, and we would be wrong if we did.

When we remain silent and fail to act when we know that that silence and inaction is the wrong thing to do — because of political considerations, because we might make enemies, because we might alienate the base, because we might provoke a primary challenge, because ad infinitum, ad nauseum — when we succumb to those considerations in spite of what should be greater considerations and imperatives in defense of the institutions of our liberty, then we dishonor our principles and forsake our obligations. Those things are far more important than politics.

Now, I am aware that more politically savvy people than I caution against such talk. I am aware that a segment of my party believes that anything short of complete and unquestioning loyalty to a president who belongs to my party is unacceptable and suspect.

If I have been critical, it not because I relish criticizing the behavior of the president of the United States. If I have been critical, it is because I believe that it is my obligation to do so, as a matter of duty and conscience. The notion that one should stay silent as the norms and values that keep America strong are undermined and as the alliances and agreements that ensure the stability of the entire world are routinely threatened by the level of thought that goes into 140 characters — the notion that one should say and do nothing in the face of such mercurial behavior is ahistoric and, I believe, profoundly misguided.

A Republican president named Roosevelt had this to say about the president and a citizen’s relationship to the office:

“The President is merely the most important among a large number of public servants. He should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or inefficiency in rendering loyal, able, and disinterested service to the nation as a whole. Therefore, it is absolutely necessary that there should be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts, and this means that it is exactly as necessary to blame him when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right. Any other attitude in an American citizen is both base and servile.” President Roosevelt continued: “To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.”

Acting on conscience and principle is the manner in which we express our moral selves, and as such, loyalty to conscience and principle should supersede loyalty to any man or party. We can all be forgiven for failing in that measure from time to time. I certainly put myself at the top of the list of those who fall short in that regard. I am holier-than-none. But too often, we rush not to salvage principle but to forgive and excuse our failures so that we might accommodate them and go right on failing — until the accommodation itself becomes our principle.

In that way and over time, we can justify almost any behavior and sacrifice almost any principle. I’m afraid that is where we now find ourselves.

When a leader correctly identifies real hurt and insecurity in our country and instead of addressing it goes looking for somebody to blame, there is perhaps nothing more devastating to a pluralistic society. Leadership knows that most often a good place to start in assigning blame is to first look somewhat closer to home. Leadership knows where the buck stops. Humility helps. Character counts. Leadership does not knowingly encourage or feed ugly and debased appetites in us.

Leadership lives by the American creed: E Pluribus Unum. From many, one. American leadership looks to the world, and just as Lincoln did, sees the family of man. Humanity is not a zero-sum game. When we have been at our most prosperous, we have also been at our most principled. And when we do well, the rest of the world also does well.

These articles of civic faith have been central to the American identity for as long as we have all been alive. They are our birthright and our obligation. We must guard them jealously, and pass them on for as long as the calendar has days. To betray them or to be unserious in their defense is a betrayal of the fundamental obligations of American leadership. And to behave as if they don’t matter is simply not who we are.

Now, the efficacy of American leadership around the globe has come into question. When the United States emerged from World War II we contributed about half of the world’s economic activity. It would have been easy to secure our dominance, keeping the countries that had been defeated or greatly weakened during the war in their place. We didn’t do that. It would have been easy to focus inward. We resisted those impulses. Instead, we financed reconstruction of shattered countries and created international organizations and institutions that have helped provide security and foster prosperity around the world for more than 70 years.

Now, it seems that we, the architects of this visionary rules-based world order that has brought so much freedom and prosperity, are the ones most eager to abandon it.

The implications of this abandonment are profound. And the beneficiaries of this rather radical departure in the American approach to the world are the ideological enemies of our values. Despotism loves a vacuum. And our allies are now looking elsewhere for leadership. Why are they doing this? None of this is normal. And what do we as United States Senators have to say about it?

The principles that underlie our politics, the values of our founding, are too vital to our identity and to our survival to allow them to be compromised by the requirements of politics. Because politics can make us silent when we should speak, and silence can equal complicity.

I have children and grandchildren to answer to, and so, Mr. President, I will not be complicit.

I have decided that I will be better able to represent the people of Arizona and to better serve my country and my conscience by freeing myself from the political considerations that consume far too much bandwidth and would cause me to compromise far too many principles.

To that end, I am announcing today that my service in the Senate will conclude at the end of my term in early January 2019.

It is clear at this moment that a traditional conservative who believes in limited government and free markets, who is devoted to free trade, and who is pro-immigration, has a narrower and narrower path to nomination in the Republican party — the party that for so long has defined itself by belief in those things. It is also clear to me for the moment we have given in or given up on those core principles in favor of the more viscerally satisfying anger and resentment. To be clear, the anger and resentment that the people feel at the royal mess we have created are justified. But anger and resentment are not a governing philosophy.

There is an undeniable potency to a populist appeal — but mischaracterizing or misunderstanding our problems and giving in to the impulse to scapegoat and belittle threatens to turn us into a fearful, backward-looking people. In the case of the Republican party, those things also threaten to turn us into a fearful, backward-looking minority party.

We were not made great as a country by indulging or even exalting our worst impulses, turning against ourselves, glorying in the things which divide us, and calling fake things true and true things fake. And we did not become the beacon of freedom in the darkest corners of the world by flouting our institutions and failing to understand just how hard-won and vulnerable they are.

This spell will eventually break. That is my belief. We will return to ourselves once more, and I say the sooner the better. Because to have a healthy government we must have healthy and functioning parties. We must respect each other again in an atmosphere of shared facts and shared values, comity and good faith. We must argue our positions fervently, and never be afraid to compromise. We must assume the best of our fellow man, and always look for the good. Until that days comes, we must be unafraid to stand up and speak out as if our country depends on it. Because it does.

I plan to spend the remaining fourteen months of my senate term doing just that.

Mr. President, the graveyard is full of indispensable men and women — none of us here is indispensable. Nor were even the great figures from history who toiled at these very desks in this very chamber to shape this country that we have inherited. What is indispensable are the values that they consecrated in Philadelphia and in this place, values which have endured and will endure for so long as men and women wish to remain free. What is indispensable is what we do here in defense of those values. A political career doesn’t mean much if we are complicit in undermining those values.

I thank my colleagues for indulging me here today, and will close by borrowing the words of President Lincoln, who knew more about healing enmity and preserving our founding values than any other American who has ever lived. His words from his first inaugural were a prayer in his time, and are no less so in ours:

“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”

Thank you, Mr. President. I yield the floor.

22 Responses to Sen. Jeff Flake surrenders rather than fight against ‘Trumpism’ (Updated)

  1. “It is also clear to me for the moment we have given in or given up on those core principles in favor of the more viscerally satisfying anger and resentment.”

    Yes, there is anger and resentment. It stemmed from 30+ year of democrats getting their way on almost everything. They did it by being angry and resentful. In their anger, the democrats bullied the meek and timid representatives of the GOP into incrementally giving liberals everything they wanted. The result of that complacency, equanimity and timidity is the current generation of conservatives that are angry and resentful and who are not willing to be bullied any further. Republicans like Flake are an anachronism who shouldn’t be in elected office with a “R” after their title. It is either fight the democrats on the playing field of their own making, or rolling over and giving them half of what they want right now, and the other half in the following year.

    It is unfortunate that Flake remains in office for several more months. As Bob Lord suggested, that gives Flake more time to screw things up.

  2. It seems “Committed Conservative” Jeff Flake (BTW, Who are the uncommitted conservatives?) has I believe correctly concluded that there are so few voters who support his small government, low taxes, less regulation, free trade brand that he could not even win a Republican Primary let alone a general election.
    On another point: Let’s stop the “Voted with Trump” stuff. Flake voted with the Senate leadership! Trump doesn’t have an agenda beyond his ego.

    • Trump’s agenda is to decimate the Obama legacy.

      As it turns out, Trump’s agenda is in alignment with the Republican leadership (Senate and House) whose agenda is to decimate the social safety net and the last 85 years of Democratic achievement.

      So, while they arrive at their agenda from different points, they ultimately are working to achieve the same outcomes.

      “Voted with Trump” is accurate and meaningful.

      • “…Trump’s agenda is in alignment with the Republican leadership (Senate and House) whose agenda is to decimate the social safety net and the last 85 years of Democratic achievement.”

        I agree with you, Liza, and that is as it should be. What you refer to as “democratic achievement” is bankrupting our country, creating generations of people indentured o the government for handouts, and the dissolution of the American family. If the GOP doesn’t work to undo the damage caused by democrats, then what is their purpose in existing? To be a rubber stamp for the democrats? Their purpose is, and should be, trying to undo the damage caused by democrats for so long.

  3. “Here’s the bottom line: The path that I would have to travel to get the Republican nomination is a path I’m not willing to take, and that I can’t in good conscience take,” Flake told The Republic”

    Whenever a politician makes a statement like that, what he is really saying is: “I think there is a good chance I can’t be re-elected so I am not going to try.” And why should Flake run again? He has been in Congress long enough o draw a fat pension, enjoys premium lifetime health care, and he can – like McCain – bask in the contented glow of rousing adulation from the left. Of course, he thinks the adulation is for him and his brave stance, when the truth is that the left loves him because he is speaking out against the GOP so strongly. Leftists would embrace Satan himself if it meant bad things for the GOP.

    I don’t care how often he voted with Trump; I do care about how often he has voiced, and acted on, conservative values, and he has been failing in that regard quite a bit lately. He reminds me of the old saying: “If you can’t run with the big dogs. then sit on the porch.” If there is any nobility in Flake quitting – and I don’t think there is – it is the realization he was becoming unelectable and his decision to go sit on the porch where he belongs.

  4. Bwa ha ha ha ha. LMAO. So here it is, y’all, your morning tweets from the carnival barker POTUS. As predictable as the sun rising in the east…

    Donald J. Trump‏Verified account @realDonaldTrump 29m29 minutes ago

    Jeff Flake, with an 18% approval rating in Arizona, said “a lot of my colleagues have spoken out.” Really, they just gave me a standing O!

    Donald J. Trump‏Verified account @realDonaldTrump 1h1 hour ago

    Working hard on the biggest tax cut in U.S. history. Great support from so many sides. Big winners will be the middle class, business & JOBS

    Donald J. Trump‏Verified account @realDonaldTrump 2h2 hours ago

    The meeting with Republican Senators yesterday, outside of Flake and Corker, was a love fest with standing ovations and great ideas for USA!

    Donald J. Trump‏Verified account @realDonaldTrump 2h2 hours ago

    The reason Flake and Corker dropped out of the Senate race is very simple, they had zero chance of being elected. Now act so hurt & wounded!

    Donald J. Trump‏Verified account @realDonaldTrump 2h2 hours ago

    “Clinton campaign & DNC paid for research that led to the anti-Trump Fake News Dossier. The victim here is the President.” @FoxNews

    • Good grief, how is the President Phat Phuc going to keep up? He’s got Flake, Corker, Rep. Wilson, Hillary, the NFL, just a constantly growing list of targets.

  5. Frances Perkins

    Kelli Ward a chemtrail carpetbagger from West Virginia.

    • She certainly sees herself as the rightful heir:

      Dr. Kelli Ward‏Verified account @kelliwardaz 7h7 hours ago

      Who supports @POTUS & the ‘America First’ agenda. Our campaign proudly offers an optimistic path forward for Arizona & America #MAGA 2/2

      Dr. Kelli Ward‏Verified account @kelliwardaz 7h7 hours ago

      Arizona voters are the big winner in @JeffFlake’s decision to not seek reelection. They deserve a strong, conservative in the Senate 1/2

  6. Trollin’ Trump to spare y’all. You’re welcome. Well, he hasn’t tweeted yet about Flake, but he’s all over Corker:

    Donald J. Trump‏Verified account @realDonaldTrump 4h4 hours ago

    So nice being with Republican Senators today. Multiple standing ovations! Most are great people who want big Tax Cuts and success for U.S.

    Donald J. Trump‏Verified account @realDonaldTrump 12h12 hours ago

    Sen. Corker is the incompetent head of the Foreign Relations Committee, & look how poorly the U.S. has done. He doesn’t have a clue as…..

    Donald J. Trump‏Verified account @realDonaldTrump 12h12 hours ago

    …the entire World WAS laughing and taking advantage of us. People like liddle’ Bob Corker have set the U.S. way back. Now we move forward!

    Donald J. Trump‏Verified account @realDonaldTrump 13h13 hours ago

    Isn’t it sad that lightweight Senator Bob Corker, who couldn’t get re-elected in the Great State of Tennessee, will now fight Tax Cuts plus!

    Donald J. Trump‏Verified account @realDonaldTrump 14h14 hours ago

    …Corker dropped out of the race in Tennesse when I refused to endorse him, and now is only negative on anything Trump. Look at his record!

    Donald J. Trump‏Verified account @realDonaldTrump 14h14 hours ago

    Bob Corker, who helped President O give us the bad Iran Deal & couldn’t get elected dog catcher in Tennessee, is now fighting Tax Cuts….

    • Maybe Trump will have some Flake tweets tomorrow morning.

      Does he even know Jeff Flake?

      • Apparently, he does know Flake and doesn’t like him. Well, stay tuned. Tweets are gonna come by morning, my prediction.

    • Senator Bob Corker‏Verified account @SenBobCorker 23h23 hours ago

      Same untruths from an utterly untruthful president. #AlertTheDaycareStaff

      • Ha ha. So what happened yesterday is that #AlertTheDaycareStaff was trending on Twitter. That’s why Trump lashed out at Corker. Remember, if “you hit Trump he hits back”.

        Flake won’t engage in a Twitter war with Trump, but Trump is not likely to ignore him.

        In the interim, the First Trophy Wife preaches against bullying.

        And so it goes, another day in the reality show presidency.

  7. Sharing this great comment posted on Balloon Juice (not specifically about Flake but spot on):

    Jado says:
    October 24, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    “In their defense, do you know how attractive it seemed to think about a republican majority in the house, a republican majority in the senate, and a pliable republican president? I mean, they were seeing dollar bills in their vision even when they were awake. It would have been pirates in the treasury with NO ONE to stop them except some loser ineffective hippy democrats. All they needed was for the President to tame his baser instincts long enough to set some truly serious grift in motion, and they would all feast.

    It was worth the chance, in their minds, that Trump could be reeled back a little. The upside was huge. So they rolled the dice.

    And now they’re all gonna get rolled themselves.Guys who were willing to bet the stability and reputation of the entire country for the chance of enriching themselves and their billionaire patrons. So I say we roll all of them as hard as we can, ruin their reputations, imprison the ones we can indict, and let them all serve as fair warning to people who put power above people.”

  8. Flake’s Trump score on 538 is 89.8 on 10-24-17. So, Flake has been a mostly reliable Trump voter and he did in fact vote to deprive millions of people of their health insurance.

    I haven’t followed Flake’s career, just his voting record. His principles don’t mean a damn thing to me if he votes against my own principles. That being the case, I would like to see him replaced by a Democrat.

    Even so, it’s a good speech he gave today. As for his personal decision to give up the fight, well, he wasn’t exactly fighting. Or perhaps the fight he is engaged in is for the soul of the Republican party, which, it could be argued, has no soul.

    My only observation is that we have very limited information about these people in the Senate. I would imagine it’s been very unpleasant with Trump and McConnell for anyone with even a shred of decency. And, of course, self-preservation is a strong motivator. I suspect Flake sees better opportunities, better compensation, and lower blood pressure if he bows out now, avoiding a possible loss in the primary or general election and ending the war within himself.

    I hope he uses his remaining time in the Senate to stand up for the people of Arizona.

    This is Flake’s voting record under Trump: https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/congress-trump-score/jeff-flake/

  9. and what is the democratic partys answer for 2018? fund raiser e-mail. please donate to democratic national committee. after a safe cooling off we have put donna brazille back in power and need your donation so her check doesn’t bounce because she knows where all the bodies are buried as she helped bury them. does mcsally run for senate and leave the house seat for the democrats? as for flake as nietcheze said when you look into the abyss the abyss looks into you. flake or corker didn’t make a very good klaus von staffenburg.

  10. I have a different view. Seems to me his purpose was to free himself up to speak out. He had no interest in a being in a situation where everything he did as a Senator would have to be evaluated through the lens of how it impacted his re-election campaign. If he quit immediately, that would be a different thing. But he’s going to be there for another 14 months. And, if you look at what Bob Corker has done since announcing his retirement, it’s hard to make the case that announcing retirement necessarily means surrendering to Trump. Stay tuned.

    • For Sure Not Tom

      Yep, Flake and Corker still vote with the former Dean of a Scam University pretty much every time.

      So they’re not fighting the Trump agenda, they’re just pointing out that the GOP should be above the kind of behavior we see in Trump and should not tolerate childish antics from the party leader.

      To which I would say, the GOP is not at all above what we see from Trump, and would ask where have they been for the last 30 years?

      Right wing media has taken the label “conservative” to new lows on a daily basis, indulging in everything from Clinton murder conspiracies to birtherism.

      The GOP set sail on a course for Trump decades ago and arrived exactly on schedule.

      • “The GOP set sail on a course for Trump decades ago and arrived exactly on schedule.”

        Truth. Everything moves toward its own logical conclusion.