The senator has written a new book in which he expresses concerns about what’s become of conservative politics, and Politico published a striking op-ed from Flake yesterday in which the Arizona Republican says his party has been “in denial” about the dangers Trump poses.
The title alludes to the 1960 book of the same name by former Sen. We want to keep it.
“We quickly set [inclusiveness] aside for the sugar high of populism, nativism, and demagoguery”, he writes.
Flake has never been a by-the-book Republican.
But the senator told TheDC he is not out to stop the president on every issue.
Sal Russo, a veteran Sacramento-based Republican strategist, said his party should be expected to try to politically counter the impact of Mueller’s investigation. “But you can’t respond to everything”. (He endorsed Trump two months later.) Cruz is up for a second term in November 2018 and Democrats have recruited a real challenger against him in the form of Rep. Beto O’Rourke. “Conscience of a Conservative” is the greatest selling polemic in history, and Senator Flake is trading on its reputation to shamelessly promote himself and disguise his own conservative deficiencies. We take a look at the possible contenders who could give Trump a tough time.
Senators have stewed most recently – perhaps more than at any other point in Mr Trump’s term – over his public disparaging of Attorney-General Jeff Sessions, a former senator from Alabama.
The senator notes the hesitancy within the GOP to fully embrace the businessman-turned-politician during the 2016 election cycle, but also his fellow lawmakers’ seeming disinterest in serving as a check against Trump in the same way they did against a president of another party.
The friction underscores the challenge Republicans face heading into autumn.
Flake refused to endorse then-candidate Donald Trump’s presidential bid, calling for Trump to drop out of the race after audio tapes surfaced in which Trump bragged about groping unwilling women. Flake is one of those Republicans who believes that Trump is an aberration, and that if the GOP can just survive him, then it can return to Reaganite orthodoxy, and all will be well.
Like so many others, Senator Flake is playing a game with voters.
Republicans, he continued, need to recognize that Americans voted Trump into office and the party overwhelmingly nominated him.
The House narrowly passed a bill that would repeal and replace some parts of the Affordable Care Act, but it didn’t have enough support in the Senate. Today we know conservative were right and Flake was wrong, but that wouldn’t be the only time Flake sold out conservatives. Jeff Flake is neither a conservative nor does he have a conscience.
And Flake is hardly standing pat. Further, Flake chides his party for not recognizing that Trump’s campaign was “far from conservative” and only lending credence to “the importance of conflict in reality television” and Trump’s resulting inability to “de-escalate” conflict at any point.
Speaking to CNN’s Jake Tapper on “The Lead” Thursday, Flake criticized the GOP for allowing rhetoric and attitudes to get “coarser and coarser”, especially when it comes to dealing with the immigration issue.