Hollywood divorces are sensational news though they occur with enough regularity to render them humdrum. There’s always a peroxide blonde dumper or dumpee grabbing the headlines.
When the split occurs on the political front and the dumper is the state’s newspaper of record, the news is even more compelling. In this case the blonde is Sen. Jeff Flake who is getting something far less than the royal treatment from the Arizona Republic —– not once, but twice, within 24 hours.
On Saturday Jan. 24, the newspaper drew a parallel between Flake and Obama in a report that must have sent Flake reeling even more than the disapproval he received at the statutory state GOP meeting where Flake and McCain were greeted with boos and catcalls from the Republican elected state committeemen. The article is derisively headlined, Flake sides with Obama on Iran and Cuba.
From the report:
U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, the Foreign Relations committee’s ranking Democrat, ripped Obama administration “quotes” as sounding like “talking points that come straight out of Tehran and it feeds to the Iranian narrative of victimization when they are the ones with original sin, an illicit nuclear-weapons program going back over the course of 20 years that they are unwilling to come clean on.”
But Flake said he supports the ongoing negotiations and believes the United States should do whatever it can to ensure Iran makes good on its promise. “I’m fine with imposing even harsher sanctions if the negotiations fall apart, or if Iran doesn’t live up to its agreement, but while these negotiations are going on, I think we ought to support them,” Flake said.
Flake was irrationally speaking of the terror-sponsoring nation that nurtures anti-America hatred, while working to build a nuclear arsenal.
Flake also is a GOP fan of Obama’s effort to normalize relations with Communist Cuba, a plan opposed by many Cuban Americans. Sen. Marco Rubio, the son of naturalized Cuban immigrants said, “Obama gave Castro virtually everything the U.S. president could and got no concessions in the way of guarantees for more democracy, free speech or human rights. This is what happens when you send a speech-writer to negotiate with a tyrant.”
Sunday’s editorial was equally scathing. It ran with the headline, Jeff Flake is now part of the immigration problem. The “editorial board,” sounding a whole lot like a solo Linda Valdez offering, opens with this tidbit:
“Arizona’s junior senator once tried to solve our broken system. How, he’s just feeding the GOP base.”
“A new session has started, and now Flake is co-sponsoring a hard-nosed bill, the Secure the Border First Act of 2015. It would prescribe where fences must be built and what other infrastructure must be added.”
The AZ República has had plate-throwing tantrums with its honey-haired honey before as evidenced by this split in March 2011, where editorialist Doug MacEachern called Flake’s pre-election change of heart on legalizing millions of illegal aliens “jarring.” Flake was declared a mere “politician “ —- no longer a statesman”— for emulating his mentor John McCain’s campaign border epiphany during his last senatorial campaign.
Count on the fact this separation is just a lover’s spat. The Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic) and Jeff the Flake will be cuddling again soon.