Jeff Flakes on the border: “This time is different” he vows
National Review Online’s Jonathan Strong uncovers the Jeff Flake Arizonans know well enough to call Jeff McFlake, in acknowledgement of his sycophantic allegiance to his mentor. And like John McCain, Flake has become the darling of the “bi-partisan” crowd. Translated, that means he is more comfortable with Democrats than the Republicans he used to further his career.
In truth, the Libertarian-leaning Flake was never at ease in conservative garb. He talked up his aversion to earmarks in order to gather the East Valleyites he needed to win a seat in the U.S. House, but remains silent regarding the $6.3 trillion price tag of implementing the mammoth amnesty scheme and deliberate destruction of the Republican Party. Now in the Senate, and with six years before he has to answer his critics, Flake has put pedal to the metal on promoting the opening of our borders for upward of 25 million illegal aliens — not the mythical 11 million figure in use for over a decade. Stretching the truth comes easily to the aptly named Flake, who nimbly broke his term limits pledge when it no longer suited him.
Sen. Dick Durbin one of Flake’s “Gang of 8” amnesty partners, warmly refers to those in our country illegally as “courageous,” while publicly stating he’s not sure bloggers and Tweeters should be afforded the Constitutional protections granted to all American citizens.
Using the vaguest of terms to describe his confidence in the penalties for violations, Flake claims there will be “consequences.” Although in a rare moment of honest reflection, he concedes that Janet Napolitano’s Department of Homeland Security hasn’t always acted in good faith dealing with border enforcement. Flake and Napolitano share an Arizona history going back to his days as a congressional representative and hers as governor. She and McCain are such good buddies that even knowing her leftist proclivities, he and Jon Kyl — the duo who went to the mat shoehorning Flake as Kyl’s replacement — still supported her nomination as DHS chieftain.
Such are the alliances built when “bi-partisanship” is heralded. Astute politicos know that the accurate definition of bi-partisanship is Republicans setting aside principles to join forces with Democrats in promoting their agenda. That was illuminated by the Republican-bucking “maverick” John McCain yesterday, when he thumbed his nose at the push for 6,500 border agents by declaring on the Senate floor that “No border is ever going to be sealed.” *