U.S. Rep. Jeff Flake, long recognized in political circles as Coveter-in-Chief of John McCain’s senate seat, has now jumped onboard the double-talk express and recorded a campaign ad for the guy he wants to follow into the Club of 100.
This is the script, which began running today:
FLAKE: “This is Congressman Jeff Flake. Today, Washington is closer than ever to banning the fiscally irresponsible practice called earmarks. Do you know who deserves the lion’s share of the credit? It’s a man who has been fighting earmarks and shaming his colleagues over their pork-barrel spending for years, Arizona’s Senator John McCain. Republicans, including Senator McCain’s opponent, lost their bearings on federal spending. They loaded up bills with pork barrel projects, and the voters punished Republicans by putting Democrats in charge. Arizonans need a senator who has never wavered when it comes to pork-barrel spending; we need John McCain’s principled leadership in Washington.”
ANNOUNCER: “John McCain is Arizona’s last line of defense. Character matters.”
Last line of defense? McCain, it will be remembered, voted for the controversial 2008 TARP financial bailout. The Heritage Foundation has estimated the cost of architect McCain’s so-called comprehensive immigration reform legislation or amnesty for illegal aliens, would reach $2.6 trillion.
Character does matter. That’s why conservative challenger, J.D. Hayworth has this page on his website, to provide a contrast between the two.
During an earlier interview, Hayworth noted, “Let’s just do the math: $2.6 trillion on amnesty, $850 billion on the bailout and the accompanying earmarks, $300 billion on buying up the bad mortgages. That’s a multi-trillion spending binge.”
And Flake? He talks incessantly about his abhorrence of earmarks, but is willing to spend exorbitant amounts on programs for illegals. He routinely partners with one of the most radically liberal members of congress and skipped out on the highly significant Cap & Trade bill.
The knowledge that talk is cheap, and no one holds your feet to the fire, is what forges the bond between McCain and Flake.