Once again hoping to con conservatives, Flake’s back in campaign mode
It’s time for a memory refresher. Two months ago, we alerted our readers to a new contrivance offered by Arizona Republicrat Sen. Jeff Flake and acclaimed by his seatmate John McCain. In fact, McCain was so taken with Flake’s rationale for the Boots on the Border Act of 2017, that he signed on as a co-sponsor — one of only three, including a Democrat.
This was our take at the time: “Boots on the Border Act is just that…an act.” It’s worth reviewing to get the full context of today’s post.
When this amnesty supporting, open borders duo colludes on anything — and always with Democrats — expect the worst. They were the main agents behind the Gang of Eight amnesty bill in which they partnered with a quartet of far-left Dems: Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY); Dick Durbin (D-IL); Robert Melendez (D-NJ); and Michael Bennet (D-CO), plus two other RINOs: Marco Rubio (FL) and McCain’s dependable sycophant Lindsey Graham (SC).
The thrust of this legislation (S.595,includes text) is to lower the requirements for Border Patrol agents, specifically dropping the necessity for polygraph tests for applicants with military or law enforcement background. Flake’s action to relax the hiring standards amends the current vetting requirement that Congress put in place in 2010 in response to reports of misconduct and corruption within the agency.
Flake’s actions are timed to make him appear to be expediting President Trump’s call to ultimately hire 5,000 new Border Patrol agents. The truth is, Flake’s actions are pure self-interest. Though Flake abhors Trump to the point of announcing during the presidential campaign, “Trump can’t win and shouldn’t win,” he realizes candidate Trump handily carried the state of Arizona as he swept to victory. Flake won his first senate term after major assists from McCain and then-outgoing Sen. Jon Kyl and still only carried a weak 3 percent margin. Since then, he’s riled the conservative base with his squishiness on a wide range of issues that matter to the solid voting bloc.
This border double-talk is not his first attempt to deceive this cycle. Although he promoted confirming Obama’s lame duck, Democrat U.S. Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, Flake’s now sending out requests for campaign funds based on his supposed adherence to principled conservative positions. Don’t be fooled.
Flake’s latest gambit is a toothless proposal to remove Arizona from the liberal, but frequently overturned, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals — an issue that has been shot down since 1941. Creating a Tenth Circuit Court would be an expensive fix that Flake knows isn’t going to happen, but has campaign resonance. Flake has even momentarily switched his long-held amnesty position for election expediency, just as he’s been on both sides of Second Amendment issues, depending on the audience he’s addressing.
The Arizona Republic which has consistently endorsed him, editorially called Flake “a coward” for one of his alternating positions on gun control. The Republic also went apoplectic, calling Flake a “mere politician,” over his change of heart on legalizing millions of illegals. The newspaper needn’t have worried. It was just campaign rhetoric, which he immediately veered away from following the election.
Between now and the election SRAZ will provide links to previous posts as a reminder of who Jeff Flake actually is. Today we gift you with: Jeff Flake: Reaping what he has sown