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I have often wondered about people who change their party affiliation from one to the other. What changed their minds? What would cause a conservative with an asserted conservative world view (less government, less taxes, more accountability) to become a tax-and-spend Democrat? What would cause someone who viewed the government as the source of everything […]

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Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake has a few last words for, well, everyone Jeff Flake, opinion contributor Published 6:00 a.m. MT Dec. 29, 2018 Opinion: Sen. Jeff Flake, who may be best remembered for questioning the politics of division, has a few things to say to Arizona as he leaves office.  After delivering my farewell address in the […]

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Jeff Flake has given his final speech on the Senate floor. The first three paragraphs from the Washington Post: “In his final speech on the Senate floor, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) — who has been the most vocal of his colleagues in his criticism of President Trump and may very well, after 18 years in […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America cheer Neil Gorsuch and other Supreme Court justices for blasting civil asset forfeiture in an Indiana case that may soon limit the government’s ability to seize property from suspected and convicted criminals. They also sigh as Jeff Flake forces the cancellation of committee votes on two dozen judicial nominees because he can’t get a floor vote on legislation to protect special counsel Bob Mueller. They also imagine the sanctimony primary between Flake and John Kasich as both seem interested in launching irrelevant 2020 presidential campaigns. And they react to Stormy Daniels revealing that attorney Michael Avenatti has filed suits and made statements in her name that she never approved and that Avenatti won’t tell her how he’s spending the money many people have donated to her legal cause.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America breathe a sigh of relief as the U.S. Senate narrowly advances the Kavanaugh nomination to a final vote. They also sigh as Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski changes her mind on Kavanaugh on the way to the vote and opposes the nomination. And they shake their heads as Sen. Ben Sasse blames both parties for the chaos surrounding this nomination. Also, don’t miss Jim’s solution for Montana Sen. Steve Daines, who wants to vote for Kavanaugh but also wants to walk his daughter down the aisle tomorrow.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley for not humoring scurrilous accusations against Brett Kavanaugh and for demanding Dr. Ford turn over the evidence she claims will back up her allegations. They also shake their heads as Sen. Jeff Flake suggests Kavanaugh’s demeanor towards committee Democrats is not something that belongs on the Supreme Court, making them wonder whether Republicans really have the votes for confirmation. And they throw up their hands at how both sides react to Ford’s former boyfriend stating under oath that she helped a friend prepare for a polygraph examination, which would contradict her sworn testimony. Some conservatives are treating the allegation as fact while liberals are suddenly horrified by the prospect of reporting uncorroborated accusations.

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How is it that the memorandum, written by Rachel Mitchell, was leaked, in its entirety, to the Washington Post? Why do we not see it on the Senate Committee on the Judiciary’s (SJC) web pages, where most other documents are found? Surely the Republican staff would want to get the memo scanned to Fox News, […]

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On Thursday, September 27, Senator Jeff Flake listened to a man defend his honor and good name against the most slanderous defamation directed toward a public official I’ve seen or heard in my lifetime. Each word was a blade of truth slashing through a web of lies woven to “seek and destroy” a judicial nominee […]

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Flake and the Great Big Ugly Man

 

As I was standing in the street,
As quiet as could be,
A great big ugly man came up,
And tied his horse to me.

As I watched Sen. Flake over the past two weeks, this bit of children’s nonsense verse kept coming to mind. Sen. Flake is the poor innocent fellow who was standing in the road back in 2016, when a Great Big Ugly Man came up and tied his horse to him. Since then, Flake just hasn’t been himself, or at least not his best self, or at least not the best self he would have us see.

Having declined to defend his seat, submitting himself to the judgment of his party’s voters, in his state, Sen. Flake needed a new purpose. His mentor, the man whose political career he had hoped to emulate, left public view in a blaze of hate-fueled spite. We all remember the gleeful thumbs up as Sen. McCain broke his own word and his party’s decade-old pledge to repeal Obamacare.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America shake their heads as ProPublica issues a massive correction to confirm that President Trump’s nominee to be CIA director didn’t oversee the waterboarding of terrorists after all and that the original reporting was based on assumptions. They also sound the alarm on all the supposedly moderate Democrats running away from Nancy Pelosi as they run for seats in competitive or right-leaning districts. News flash: If Democrats win the House, Pelosi will be speaker. And they roll their eyes as Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake says the refusal of Republicans to denounce Trump suggests maybe the GOP doesn’t deserve to lead.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America cheer House and Senate passage of tax cuts and tax reform, noting the vast majority of Americans will see bigger paychecks while the Obamacare individual mandate gets repealed and energy exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is given the green light. They also recoil at reports that Senate Republican leaders may have agreed to Obamacare bailouts and taxpayer-funded abortions in exchange for Sen. Susan Collins voting for the tax bill. And they discuss Rosie O’Donnell offering two million dollars apiece for Collins and Sen. Jeff Flake to vote against the tax legislation.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America enjoy watching the Russians get barred from competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics because of an ongoing doping scandal, and they also get a kick out of the International Olympic Committee suddenly caring about corruption. They also shake their heads as Steve Bannon tries to discredit Mitt Romney’s denunciation of Roy Moore by saying Moore served in Vietnam and Romney avoided it by “hiding behind his religion.” And they scold Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, who not only condemns Roy Moore but is contributing to liberal Democrat Doug Jones.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America break down how the Democrats easily swept the statewide races in Virginia and even reversed a huge GOP majority in the state assembly. They also discuss easy wins by Democrats in New Jersey and New York City, where the Republicans hardly appear to be a factor anymore. And they roll their eyes as Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake proposes a law to ban gun sales to people convicted of domestic violence – because that exact law already exists.

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I’m a conservative: I want less and better government, a stronger military, more secure borders, and a greater respect for traditional values. That last part is my job — the culture war begins at home — but the rest of it is up to the people we elect.

Congressmen (both Representatives and Senators) are elected to pass laws. When I vote for a conservative Congressman, I’m doing so hoping that he’ll go to Congress and be an effective conservative legislator. I’m not sending him to be a cultural warrior, or to be an arbiter of taste and decorum. His job is to pass laws that make government smaller and better, and that keep us free and secure.

I have the liberty of being free to spout off without repercussions. I can express my low opinion of the President with no greater consequence than that I’ll get tempted into a boring and ultimately pointless debate here about whether President Trump is really playing three-dimensional chess or drunken lawn darts. If I choose to spend my time doing that, I’m really the only one who bears the cost.

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Watching Jeff Flake (who, as Andrew Klavan said, self-righteously declared that President Trump must be opposed as he ran away) give his lame duck speech in the Senate, I was infuriated by his inability to pronounce the word “our.” It should have an “ow” sound in it, not rhyme with “car.” I realize this is […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America discuss the Washington Post revelation that the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee provided some of the funding for the infamous and largely discredited Trump dossier that involved significant collaboration with officials in Russia, and they shake their heads as Democrats insist this was just simple opposition research. They’re also unmoved by Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake’s denunciation of President Trump or Flake’s decision to fight back by retiring from the Senate, when it’s obvious the real reason he ended his campaign was because he can’t win. Before the GOP field gets too crowded, they enthusiastically endorse Ricochet’s Jon Gabriel for the open Senate seat, but Jim sees scandal looming on the horizon. And they get a kick out of the Washington Post fact checkers making a big deal out of determining that Virginia GOP gubernatorial nominee Ed Gillespie was wrong by claiming there were 2,000 MS-13 gang members living in one Virginia county when the best guess of law enforcement is there are just 1,400 violent criminals from that gang roaming area streets and neighborhoods.

Flake Goes, But Not Quietly

 

Yesterday, Jeff Flake announced on the floor of the US Senate that he would not be seeking reelection next year. Taking a lot of heat for his opposition to the President, Flake was staring down the barrel of a primary challenge and was far behind in the polls.

That’s not all Flake said during his speech, however. Saying that it was “a matter of duty and conscience,” he criticized both the President and the the wider tone of politics in the country.

“We must stop pretending that the conduct of some in our executive branch are normal,” Flake said. “They are not normal. Reckless, outrageous, and undignified behavior has become excused and countenanced as telling it like it is when it is actually just reckless, outrageous, and undignified. And when such behavior emanates from the top of our government, it is something else. It is dangerous to a democracy.” There was more, a lot more, like that. You can see his whole speech here.

Announcing My Candidacy to Be US Senator from Arizona

 

Thank you. Thank you and thank you, please be seated. Thank you. [Points at random person in crowd, feigning recognition] Yes, thank you. Please. You can sit down. [Fake laugh.] Seriously. Come on. Thank you. OK … enough. Sit down!

I thank Kid Rock for that very generous introduction and for all the support that you and your stripper escorts have given me. You know that America is greatly indebted to Mr. Rock for his years of courageous and visionary … rap/rock/country stuff. You brew beer too, right? Cool.

Anyhoo, with Senator Flake’s announcement that he will not seek re-election as US Senator from the great state of Arizona, many, many people have recommended that I throw my hat in the ring. So many people.

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On August 1, Republican Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona released a book called Conscience of a Conservative: A Rejection of Destructive Politics and a Return to Principle. The title is obviously taken from Barry Goldwater’s 1960 classic. But the subtitle gives you a better idea of what the book is about. The “destructive politics” of […]

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The American Experiment with Self-Government Is Over. It Has Failed.

 

From Natalie Andrews at the Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire:

While many lawmakers spent the summer break campaigning or with constituents, Senators Jeff Flake (R., Ariz.) and Martin Heinrich (D., N.M.) spent a week stranded in Eru, a deserted island in the Marshall Islands, with nothing but their clothes and three items between them – and a TV crew. The senators paired up to create “Rival Survival” – a reality show set to air on Discover Channel about two political adversaries spending six days and six nights on a deserted island.