AZ Sens McCain and Flake aid Dems as 19 stalwart Republican senators stood tall against cloture
Twenty-five senate Republicans led by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and self-styled maverick, Arizona Sen. John McCain disappointingly joined with Harry Reid and the 54 unified Senate Democrats Friday to vote for cloture. This placed Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in a position where he could strip the bill of its provisions defunding ObamaCare with a simple party-line majority rather than the 60 votes needed on cloture.
Nineteen honorable Republicans voted against cloture. Only two Republicans — Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake and Orrin Hatch — missed the vote due to family weddings. Flake issued a statement saying he would have voted against cloture and also against Reid’s amendment and the final Continuing Resolution that funded ObamaCare — but we’ll never actually know, will we? He’s missed important votes before.
Using his kids as cover for avoiding votes appears to be a recurring situation for Flake. Previously Flake’s reason for not voting was his daughter’s beauty pageant talent competition, which was later revealed as not even occurring on the same day as the crucial Cap and Trade vote he flaked on. Whether his 20-year-old son Austin’s wedding was actually on Friday raises another question, since most weddings are weekend affairs and we do live in the age of jet travel. Unfortunately for Flake’s Arizona constituents, he’s got other kids to hide behind as future issues he’d prefer to avoid, arise. This one was particularly sticky for the pragmatically ambitious Flake since his Mcmentor John McCain, once again sided with the Democrats. It was clearly advantageous to take a hike.
The roll call vote can be seen here.
And after shafting Americans these senators who have exempted themselves from the harsh ObamaCare regulations and restrictions — packed their bags and blithely flew home — following Jeff Flake’s earlier lead.