AZ Republic shovels it for Flake, McCain

There it was blazing across Page One in bold type: “A Changing approach to town-hall events,” with the sub header  Amid Trump backlash, Republicans aim to avoid going viral. The oversized accompanying photo shows John McCain at a Scottsdale town hall meeting — in 2015.

The reporters who crafted this multi-page contrivance passing as news must regard their remaining readership as dolts suffering from amnesia.

McCain and Flake are not hiding from those who pay their salaries as a reaction to a “Trump backlash.”  They are doing what they have done before Trump’s name was ever mentioned in political circles — tightly controlling the interaction.

In the article, Flake claims he’s too busy to schedule town halls, but is described as leaning toward a telephone conference call — a device where participants can be screened.  McCain prefers to meet with employees of private businesses such as Raytheon who benefit from his position as chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

We posted this exposé in Aug. 2013, when the duo held a restricted, so-called “Conversation on Immigration” in Flake’s hometown of Mesa, hoping for a more amiable audience. The actual intent of the “conversation” was to limit conversation. The announcement indicated that due to “limited seating” tickets will not available to the public. Instead, they invited concerned citizens to Twitter questions in advance and said they may be used during the mid-morning event, timed to keep taxpaying citizens with jobs at bay.

The newspaper is partially correct on one count. Frustrated citizens are lashing out, but it’s definitely not a “Trump backlash.” They are overwhelmingly Republicans, not Democrats, understandably furious at John McCain for his continual sabotaging of the Republican president who’s been in office exactly one month. Appearing on “Meet the Press” over the weekend, McCain compared Trump to a dictator. CNN, the Washington Post, and other left-of-center news outlets were all too happy to give full coverage to the still angry 2008 presidential loser.

Arizona Republicans are incensed that Jeff Flake not only refused to endorse the GOP presidential nominee, but actually sought out leftist networks on which to appear and announce he would not vote for Donald Trump. McCain, for his part, withdrew his flimsy endorsement and then said he would withhold his vote from now-President Trump.

Republicans and conservative activists expect such actions from Democrats. Their reasonable ire is directed at the two Hillary supporting, interchangeable Republicrat Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake conveniently masquerading as Republicans whenever  elections near. This 2011 disappointment in Flake expressed in an Arizona Republic editorial speaks volumes.

The senators know they are the target of Republican resentment. We know it and the newspaper’s reporters Dan Nowicki and Ronald Hansen, regardless of their attempts to configure the situation otherwise,  certainly know it.

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14 Responses to AZ Republic shovels it for Flake, McCain

  1. Ellsworth says:

    Flake is a first term senator. The time to take him out is NOW before he becomes an entrenched fossil like McCain. He’ll be on the ballot this fall, running for another six year term.

  2. Hometown Guy says:

    Jeff Flake barely won the senate race against George W. Bush’s former Surgeon General Dr. Richard Carmona. He squeaked in with 3.0%.

    Carmona’s wide ranging credentials should have swept him into office, but McCain and Kyl went to the mat for the Flake.
    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/senate/az/arizona_senate_flake_vs_carmona-3005.html

  3. Kathy says:

    McCain – closed door townhalls – why because the Tea Party was calling him out beginning in 2010, going forward. So this coward is scared of We the People because he is called out on his lies. Flakey is learning from McCain – avoid We the People at all costs – then lie, lie, lie. Vote Flake out in 2018!!!!

    • East Valley Conservative says:

      According the LDS Church Newsroom page which bills itself as the “official resource for news media, opinion leaders, and the public,” they list the very precise number of 418,959 church members in Arizona. How many are voting age and how many will actually vote for Jeff Flake are the unanswered questions. When he nearly lost in 2012 those numbers didn’t appear to factor in. Besides many church members are Democrats and others simply can’t stand Jeff Flake, regardless of this common bond of faith.
      http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/facts-and-statistics/country/united-states/state/arizona

  4. Longtime GOP PC says:

    Although an anti-Trump rally organized by amnesty rabble rouser Randy Parraz “fizzled out” in Tempe according to the AZ Repugnant, that fact didn’t dissuade the newspaper from headlining another front page report, “Thousands across the US Protest President” on President’s Day.

    Does anyone remember Republicans organizing protests against Barack Obama, the worst president in memory? We might complain about his radical policies and overreaches, we definitely vote, but as a conservative Republican I have never participated in a march, rally or attempts to disrupt the city as liberals do. Not only have I never engaged in such behavior, but no one I know ever has either.

  5. Capt. Marvel says:

    GREAT headline, guys! This is a classic!

  6. azgary says:

    Whos Going?:

    “Spirit of America Rally/March 4 Trump

    COMING TO ARIZONA

    MARCH 4, 2017
    Citizens to Gather in Support of President Donald J. Trump’s America-First Policies!

    Phoenix, AZ – Main Street Patriots are proud to announce the Spirit of America Rallies to be held in Phoenix in support of President Trump.
    http://mainstreetpatriots.us/spirit-of-america-rally-locations/

    DATE: MARCH 4, 2017
    TIME: NOON – 3PM
    LOCATION: ARIZONA STATE CAPITOL, 1700 WEST WASHINGTON ST, PHOENIX, AZ 85007
    HOSTED BY MAIN STREET PATRIOTS & MARCH 4 TRUMP
    SPONSORED BY: RIDERS USA

    PROGRAM: INVOCATION & BLESSING
    MC BY: MICHELLE A. DALLACROCE, MAD WOMAN RADIO
    GUEST SPEAKERS:
    ARIZONA STATE TREASURER, JEFF DeWIT
    AZ STATE SENATOR, STEVE SMITH
    AZ STATE REP.. PHIL LOVAS
    COUNTY TREAS, ROYCE FLORA
    SHERIFF RICHARD MACK
    SHERIFF PAUL BABEU
    NATL. COMITTEEWOMAN FOR GOP, LORI KLEIN-CORBIN
    JUDICIAL WATCH, MARK SPENCER
    SENATOR, RUSSELL PEARCE
    MARY ANN MENDOZA
    JOANNE SELENA LOPEZ C.
    (speakers may be updated)

    “As President I have no higher duty than to protect the American People” President Donald J. Trump

  7. Saguaro Sam says:

    Here’s a guy who is going to run against Ducey.
    A Dem.
    Take a look.
    Depravity.
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4244360/Arizona-governor-candidate-reveals-sex-scandals.html

  8. CD 8 PC says:

    This is an example of what Flake and McCain are trying so hard to avoid. John McCain makes up his own facts and figures as he sarcastically insults a participant taking him to task on his lax amnesty stance. McCain calls him “jerk,” a term he has used with others who disagree with him. McCain insultingly tells the man, “You’re entitled to your opinion, and I’m entitled to the facts.” His facts. And Jeff Flake? Flake barely won the Arizona senate seat and his recent actions make him even more vulnerable now.

  9. Kathy says:

    download

    I’ve never been to this site before, but if this is true McCain needs to be investigated and criminal charges filed!!