Jeff Flake’s failed efforts to decimate Donald Trump and push through Obama’s appointee to US Supreme Court have left him vulnerable in 2018
In a fact-filled report, Ballotpedia covers the vacancies and the opportunities for President Trump to impact the federal bench, which was among the top reasons Americans, weary of the rulings emanating from the leftist appellate courts, voted for him. To date, the president has submitted nominations to fill more than 20% of federal judicial vacancies during his first six months in office — a near record.
Partisan politics plays a key role in the senate confirmation of judges and Democrats are still smarting over Trump’s appointment of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court, filling the vacancy created by the Feb. 13, 2016 unexpected death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia.
Lame duck Barack Obama tried to shove through Democrat Merrick Garland to fill the post in the waning days of his presidency. Obama was aided in his attempt by Arizona Republicrat Sen. Jeff Flake, who shepherded Garland through the senate making instructions and publicly stating, “ It was time to start thinking about confirming him.” Flake, who denounced Donald Trump throughout the Primary, was banking on cozying up to Hillary Clinton, whom he regarded as the front-runner.
But American voters spoke loud and clear on Nov. 8, 2016, stunning the Democrats and Jeff Flake, who repeatedly said “Donald Trump can’t win and shouldn’t win.”
Worried that Republicans would in turn reject him and his amnesty shemes, the Internet is now filled with ads of the inanely grinning Flake, in which he is farcically described as a “principled conservative.” Flake appears to have forgotten that the GOP is represented by an elephant, known for possessing an excellent memory. Polling shows Flake with the lowest approval rating of the entire 100-member U.S. Senate. The dismal numbers are no doubt aided by his recently published 140-page pamphlet — generously described as a book— with the title stolen from an iconic 1960 Barry Goldwater publication, in which he takes the Republican Party to task.
This past week Jeff Flake was taken to the political woodshed by none other than RNC chair Ronna Romney McDaniel, who is concerned that his anti-Republican antics could result in the party losing the senate majority.
President Donald Trump wins with conservatives. First term senator Flake, running for reelection in 2018, currently has an 18% approval rating.