Jeff Flake is nearly out the senate door. Bottom-dragging 18% approval ratings convinced him not to risk the embarrassment of an unceremonious ouster. Still the showboater cannot bear to let the spotlight dim on him a moment too soon. He preens and struts as he takes all too personally the words of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas:
“Do not go gentle into that good night…Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”
Flake’s latest gambit is contorting himself into a deciding vote in the confirmation of President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, who has been vetted six times for key positions in the White House and on the federal bench. He is highly regarded as a man of unquestionable integrity and a brilliant jurist — serving since 2006 as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
Tennessee Republicrat Bob Corker, also retiring from the senate, is playing the same contemptible game as Flake. With the slim GOP majority, their votes are needed to confirm. In a similar manner to Trump-hating Flake, Corker demeaned Trump supporters as “cultish.”
The bottom line is these two vengeful men have no constituencies to answer to and would like to go “into that good night, raging” — against Pres. Trump. If a reputable man — Judge Kavanaugh — suddenly accused of an assault as a 17-year old, nearly 4 decades ago, is collateral damage, so be it.
His accuser, a leftist professor, who never previously came forward, initially requested anonymity. Now self-identified, she demurs on appearing before the senate to confront Kavanaugh. She has said her recollection of the alleged incident is foggy, not remembering where or when it took place. Others dispute her newfound memory. She and her Democrat strategists are now demanding an FBI investigation be undertaken, though the supposed incident occurred 36 years ago and there is no evidence to investigate.
Know this: Judge Kavanaugh is not the issue. This is a solely political contrivance to keep the confirmation from taking place before the midterm elections. The Dems and their willing cohorts Flake and Corker are hoping for a Democrat majority that will deny the president his constitutional right to make Supreme Court appointments.
Although we imagine he’ll be hired by CNN or MSNBC as a GOP turncoat spewing his unique brand of hatred, if Flake returns to his gated community Mesa home, he should be shunned when he ventures out among the community’s mere mortals.