In recent years, magazines have had a tough time, with many of them folding. News magazines are especially hard hit since the latest information is readily available in your pocket. Digital delivery has dramatically altered the dissemination of news. This fact is woefully evident in the October 30, 2017 issue of The Weekly Standard. Given the time consuming nature of writing, printing and mailing, the latest issue is filled with old news by the time it reaches the mailbox. We’re talking postal delivery, not email.
Case in point is the Weekly Standard cover story titled, “Is there room for Jeff Flake in Donald Trump’s GOP?”
Senior writer John McCormack is obviously a Flake fan, which means he’s likely an eastern liberal. If he had his finger more firmly on the pulse of Arizona conservatives, his article would have been less fawning and more factual. But then again, preceding the 2016 election, he authored a report, “How Trump can be stopped.” He was wrong then, and he’s wrong now. Donald Trump was victorious over 16 other GOP primary candidates, vanquished scandal-plagued Hillary Clinton, and now sits in the Oval Office.
The current article could have been written last year, since it missed Jeff Flake’s showboating senate speech opting out of his reelection bid. He tried to configure his decision based on not being able to be “complicit” with President Trump, when in fact he was trailing family practice physician and former two term state senator Dr. Kelli Ward, a principled conservative, by hefty double digits in recent polls.
The author gives Flake undeserved kudos for “cutting pork,” which was Flake’s initial theme to get elected. How does this square with Flake’s ongoing amnesty for illegals bent? According to this Fox News report the estimated yearly financial burden to American citizens is $135 billion.
McCormack‘s screed is filled with errors. We’ll stick with the most glaringly twisted. In describing Flake’s initial senate run in 2012, he plays fast and loose with the facts, using these well-chosen words: “Five short years ago, Flake cruised to victory in his first GOP Senate primary with nearly 70 percent of the vote.” What McCormack fails to relate is that Flake won the General Election by a razor-thin 3 points over George W. Bush’s former U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona, a registered Independent until he ran for retiring Jon Kyl’s open seat as a newly minted Democrat. Carmona’s background is compelling. Rising from a high school dropout raised on the tough streets of NYC’s Harlem, to a stint in the Army, where he earned his GED. He later became a police officer, a nurse and finally a surgeon and professor of medicine at the University of Arizona. Along the way Carmona earned a Masters and PhD. He received the Purple Heart in recognition of his combat actions in Vietnam.
And Jeff Flake? Aside from a career feeding at the public trough, he served a short time as director of the libertarian, not conservative, Goldwater Institute. Prior to his overly long political career — he reneged on his pledge to serve 3 two-year terms — Flake worked as a lobbyist and registered foreign agent for Rossing Uranium, one of the world’s largest suppliers of nuclear fuel, operating mines in the African country of Namibia. Flake earned a substantial salary opening doors in D.C. and promoting the firm which had deep financial ties to Iran.
Though McCormack mentions others who are considering entering the senate race, he neglects to reveal they are all tied to John McCain, the self-declared “maverick” who arrogantly ran for a sixth, six-year senate term at age 81. Now suffering from what his Mayo doctors refer to as an aggressive form of brain cancer, he continues to sick his finger in President Trump’s eye. In so doing, he insults the rest of us who voted for the man who is working to keep his campaign promises, despite as much opposition from Republicrat contrarians as from the liberals who don’t want Trump to succeed.