Despite 30 % approval rating, Flake’s deceptive actions earn compliments from McCain
In a front page assessment of Jeff Flake’s first year in the U.S. Senate, the daily newspaper is forced to acknowledge that Arizona’s junior senator’s “moderate path over the past 12 months, has enraged his supporters and surprised his critics but also left him in the middle of an uncomfortable crossfire between the right and the left.”
The article, complete with a large photo of the bottle-blonde streaked Flake, pensively holding his chin while a blurred specter of mentor John McCain peers from the background over his left shoulder, hits the mark. Flake’s trademark smirk is gone.
Reporter Dan Nowicki earns an A+ for his forthright review of Flake’s numerous blunders, which Nowicki refers to as Flake’s “less-than-graceful debut in Capitol Hill’s upper chamber.” His low approval ratings are also included in the review.
The Flake/McCain duo recently incurred the ire of Center for Arizona Policy’s President Cathi Herrod over their duplicity in voting for S. 815 the so-called Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), when their pre-election answers to the faith and family-based group’s questionnaire didn’t match the reality of their senate vote. Sen. Dan Coats (R-Indiana) was the single principled member to speak for religious freedom and against the bill.
An end-of-year survey conducted by Susquehanna Polling and Research Inc., sharply illustrated Flake has lost favor among Arizona voters — as have McCain and his on-again, off-again chum, Barack Obama. In the poll of 600 “likely” Arizona voters, well over half — 57 percent disapproved of the job Flake was doing as senator — while only 30 percent approved. McCain fared even worse with 58 percent disapproving of his performance on the job he has held for decades.
The Senate Conservatives Fund, a former 2012 Flake high dollar supporter, did an about-face, as it ran ads criticizing GOP lawmakers who opposed using the appropriations process to cut funding for Obamacare. Flake was hammered in the worst possible way — by being compared to McCain. (Watch the linked ad.)
Flake fell from grace in the eyes of a mammoth, nationally respected, conservative organization, Family Research Council. In 2010 the group called Flake’s vote to pass Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, 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 previously touted “celebrating Jeff’s 100% record on our last scorecard,” is not insignificant.
It’s happened before, as we pointed out in “Oops — Jeff Flake’s crown slips as he sinks to mere McPolitician,” when, as an unwavering amnesty-supporting congressman, Flake did an about-face to win conservative votes for the senate seat he so blatantly coveted. At the time, editorialist Doug MacEachern called Flake’s change of heart on legalizing millions of illegal aliens “jarring.” Imagine our surprise as the Republic declared the vacillating Flake to be a mere “politician” — no longer a “statesman” — for emulating John McCain’s border fickleness during his own 2010 senatorial campaign.
Arizona’s two coreless senators will do or say whatever it takes to stay in Washington, D.C. They represent nothing else….certainly not Arizona voters. Seeing Red AZ has dedicated a category to each of them. One is called McStench and the other Jeff the Flake. As you scroll through, you’ll notice the articles often overlap, as do the two men.
* Add another disappointment. During Jeff Flake’s 2012 senate race, the Family Research Council removed its harsh criticism of him.