Dem to Republican switches should encourage Flake to “come out” and feel comfortable in his own skin
An intriguing scramble is taking place in the political arena. Donald Trump’s presidential triumph was based not only on the fact that he expertly outmaneuvered 16 other Republican challengers, but on the colossal missteps of liberals — such as the disastrous round table discussion which relegated Hillary Clinton to the West Virginia back burner in a traditionally blue state.
In 1992, Democrat Bill Clinton carried West Virginia by a solid 13 percentage points. In November 2016 Republican Donald Trump made those numbers look like chump change as he more than tripled that percentage — sweeping the state by 40 points.
Declining coal mining and the resulting job losses clearly illustrate the disconnect (video) elitist Dems have with their own base. Barack Obama promised to bankrupt the industry –— an issue on which his heir apparent Hillary Clinton hung her hat. It was a loser and so was she.
The issue so resonates with the coal producing state that West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice, a Democrat, appeared at a rally featuring President Donald Trump, switching parties on Friday to become a Republican. The previous day, he addressed the crowd of Trump supporters estimated at 9,000, telling them, “This man is a good man. He’s got a backbone. He’s got real ideas. He cares about America. He cares about us in West Virginia.”
Here in Arizona the opposite is true. Jeff Flake has shown an increasing liberal proclivity. He said was unable to support Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, and wouldn’t vote for him. He has now come out with a book bashing conservatives, and Sunday appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” taking the GOP to task for not shutting down the “birther” movement, which he claims Donald Trump led.
The more pertinent question is: Why doesn’t the Arizona Republican Party shut down anti-GOP Jeff Flake? He has repeatedly been in opposition to mainstream Republicans and hostile to conservative issues. Yet the AZ GOP is bizarrely gearing up to support Flake in 2018. A recall of the state chairman is gaining steam.
In 2015, Democrat state senator Carlyle Begay, representing the Navajo Nation switched parties to become a Republican, saying it’s been the Republicans who have worked with him to “improve education, jobs and infrastructure” in the tribal communities where unemployment is as high as 80 percent. Watch his video announcement.
U.S. Rep. Bob Stump represented Arizona in Congress for 26 years — the first five as a Democrat. Elected in 1976, he reregistered as a Republican in 1981 after voting for President Ronald Reagan’s tax cuts. He served as chairman of both the Armed Services Committee and Veterans Affairs Committee, working diligently on behalf of the military and veterans. In his 2003 obituary, the New York Times correctly identified him as a “strong conservative.” No rational person would make that claim about Jeff Flake, but that’s what his pop-up Internet ads are deceptively calling him.
For decades Arizona conservatives have endured Arizona’s Senior Senator (ASS) misspent time in D.C. as a Democrat enabler, colluding with liberals on myriad issues running the gamut from amnesty for illegals to shamefully casting the deciding vote as he sided with the unified Dems against restructuring the unsustainable Obamacare monstrosity, though rates in Arizona have soared 116%. ASS’s time has come and nearly gone, but Jeff Flake should do the honorable thing and come out as the Democrat he is. The party switch didn’t hurt Congressman Stump. He was reelected for the next 21 years.
In this recent “My Turn’ column on the AZ Republic’s editorial page, Flake is encouraged to ditch the Republican Party.
It’s an idea whose time has come.