Opportunist Flake casts unusual vote upsetting his media friends
This morning’s editorial in the Arizona Republic, Senators take cowardly exit, gives a scathing evaluation of Arizona’s junior senator. The rage fairly jumps off the page as it focuses on Jeff Flake, opining his “nay” vote on universal background checks was “extremely dismaying” while huffing “this was not a proud day for Arizona’s new senator.” It blames NRA Executive VP Wayne LaPierre for the votes they despised: “It shouldn’t have to take political bravery to stare down the NRA on an issue like this. But, obviously, that is what it is going to take for any meaningful gun-law reform to pass. Flake, alas, failed that test on Wednesday,” spews the editorial.
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.
For yesterday’s vote, the newspaper lavishes praise on John McCain, who it claims, “did not fail” as “one of just four Republicans who dared follow their conscience on this bill.” McCain is complimented for taking the path “of the maverick once more.”
Flake, taken to the Republic’s woodshed, is soundly admonished not to let “the harangues of Wayne LaPierre ring through [his] ears the next time this bill comes up.”
Conservatives should make no mistake. Flake’s vote reflected an acknowledgement of realities and his own future political interests.
On April 1, in a post titled, Jeff Flake: Why is only 1 bridge “too far?” Seeing Red AZ exposed Flake’s inconsistent positions on the mega issues of guns and amnesty, writing: “While colluding with Democrats and his mentor John McCain to throw open our nation’s southern border to illegal aliens, Jeff McFlake demonstrated his political savvy Sunday on NBC’s ”Meet the Press”— doing a great impression of an equivocator. Aware that he has alienated a good segment of Republican grassroots activists with his longstanding allegiance to amnesty, he scurries to take a tougher position on universal background checks on gun sales, hoping to solidify his eroding support.”
Such is the duplicity of Jeff Flake. Get used to it or get rid of him before he becomes further entrenched. He already sways like a monkey on a branch.