Retiring Republican Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake likes to portray himself as some sort of savior of conservatism, but in truth he is little more than an establishment hack politician — hence his decision to avoid a tough 2018 GOP primary he might lose by stepping aside from his seat at the end of his term.
Unfortunately, he is not bowing out gracefully or quietly, but instead is going down swinging — taking flailing shots at both President Donald Trump and a significant portion of the base of his own party, according to Newsmax.
During an appearance Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” Flake suggested that Republican political rallies were “spasms of a dying party” and warned that the party stood to be clobbered by Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections, potentially losing its congressional majorities.
“When you look at some of the audiences cheering for Republicans, sometimes, you look out there and you say, ‘those are the spasms of a dying party,’” stated the appropriately named Flake.
“When you look at the lack of diversity, sometimes, and it depends on where you are, obviously, but by and large, we’re appealing to older white men and there are just a limited number of them, and anger and resentment are not a governing philosophy,” continued the angry and resentful older white male whose popularity has waned as the party has begun to shift away from the establishment and more toward outsiders like Trump.
“So you have to actually govern and do something, and sooner or later the voters will figure out, I think they are and have, that we’ve gotta have something else,” added the outgoing senator who was abandoned by a large part of his base that prefer the results delivered by Trump to the constant chatter with no action by those like Flake.
Interestingly, in terms of the supposedly “dying party” that is the GOP, the Arizona Daily Independent noted that, at least in Arizona, the Republicans seem to be doing just fine.
Indeed, as of October, numbers released by the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office revealed that of the more than 3.6 million registered voters in the state, 34.6 percent were Republicans, compared to 30.2 percent registered as Democrats and 34.1 percent who were registered Independents.
More than 19,000 new voters had registered in the state since January, and of those, 4,594 registered as Republicans, compared with only 1,748 who chose the Democrat Party. The rest of the new voters, 8,347, chose independent — which could be just as much a referendum on hack party members like Flake as it could be Trump.
Regardless, as compared to the Democrats, the GOP in Arizona is doing just fine. In fact, as conservative actor James Woods pointed out in a Twitter posting directed at Flake, the party is in pretty good shape nationally too.
According to The Washington Times, Flake also expressed his disfavor for the shifting of the party in a more populist direction and pointed a finger at the likes of former White House strategic adviser Steve Bannon and failed Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore as foreboding examples of the attacks from within the party.
“I hope it’s being marginalized,” Flake said of those allied with Bannon. “The last thing we need is to push that ultra-nationalist, ethno-nationalist, protectionist kind of element of the party. That’s not good for us.”
Looking past the 2018 midterms toward the 2020 presidential election year, Flake insinuated that Trump will face difficulty in garnering enough support for re-election from his own party, and didn’t rule out challenging the sitting president himself.
“I do believe if the president is running for re-election, if he continues on the path that he’s on, that that’s gonna leave a huge swath of voters looking for something else,” Flake stated.
As to his own potential role as a GOP alternative to Trump for 2020, the soon-to-be-retired Flake said, “I don’t rule anything out, but it’s not in my plans.”
Though he will never admit it, it is establishment RINOs like Flake that have done the most damage to conservatism and the Republican brand, and if he cares for either one bit, he will quietly step aside instead of sanctimoniously blocking the progress of an actual conservative agenda being implemented by Republican President Trump.
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