Jeff Flake has fallen from grace in the eyes of a mammoth, nationally respected, conservative organization. The Family Research Council now refers to Flake’s vote to pass Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, as a “huge disappointment,” noting Flake’s “weakness” in being swayed from the GOP and voting “aye” on the stand-alone repeal.
Chastisement this strong from a group that touts “celebrating Jeff’s 100% record on our last scorecard,” is not insignificant.
FRC clarifies its point with this indisputable logic: “But the most outrageous part of this whole agenda isn’t that it passed (although that’s horrifying), but that it passed at a point in the legislative calendar that’s a governing “time out.” Case in point: Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Pa.), author of the House bill to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” was fired by his District on Election Day. Yet here he is, weeks after he should have cleared out his desk, pushing a piece of legislation that probably fueled his defeat!”
Marine Gen. James Amos recently voiced strong opposition to a repeal of the policy, telling Congress that “assimilating openly homosexual Marines into the tightly woven fabric of our combat units has strong potential for disruption.” The chiefs of the Air Force, Gen. Norton Schwartz and Army, Gen. George Casey, also expressed reservations.
But Congressman Jeff Flake, who has never served in the military, thinks he has a better handle on the issue than the military brass. This is the same Jeff Flake who didn’t show up to vote on the Al Gore endorsed, expansive Cap-and-Tax that passed by a slim 219 – 212, and partners with liberal Luis Gutierrez who wants to “turn more red states blue.“ Flake did, however, find a week to spend on a desert island as a survivalist with just a camera to record his every beefcakey pose.
We’ve been disappointed in the aptly named Flake for quite awhile. Welcome aboard FRC.