Flake’s retirement, Election 2018
This article was written either by a dishonest reporter or a reporter who still doesn’t understand the political situation we’re in. Specifically, the reporter wrote “In a speech announcing his decision, he offers a stinging rebuke to the path of the Republican Party under Trump and says he felt he no longer had a place in the party. Flake’s decision generates uncertainty about the future of his seat and the GOP’s Senate majority.”
With tax reform now looking likely to pass by Christmas, the question isn’t whether Republicans will hold their majorities in the House and Senate. The question is whether they’ll gain 4-5 Senate seats or if they’ll flip enough Senate seats to hold a filibuster-proof Senate in 2019.
Sen. Flake’s speech showed how out-of-touch he is with his party, saying “And so, Mr. President, I will not be complicit or silent. I decided that I would be better able to represent the people of Arizona and to better serve my country and my conscience by freeing myself of the political consideration that consumed far too much bandwidth and would cause me to compromise far too many principles. To that end, I am announcing today my service in the Senate will conclude at the end of my term in early January 2019. It is clear at this moment that a traditional conservative who believes in limited government and free markets, who is devoted to free trade, who is pro immigration, has a narrower and narrower path to nomination in the Republican party; the party that has so long defined itself by its belief in those things. It is also clear to me for the moment that we have given in or given up on the core principles in favor of a more viscerally satisfied anger and resentment.”
Naturally, Democrats, both in DC and the media, are praising Flake. Whatever. Flake served a single term in the Senate. Saying that his time in the Senate was unimpressive is accurate. While he wasn’t the unpredictable vote that Sen. McCain was, Flake wasn’t the reliable conservative vote that Sen. Kyl was or that Kelli Ward will be, if and when she’s elected. After watching Sen. Flake’s retirement announcement speech, it’s safe to say that some of his points seem more than a little overdramatic:
It isn’t that I’ll spend a ton of time bemoaning the lack of civility in DC. What I will do is bemoan the fact that too many Republicans aren’t fighters. Principled compromise is a good thing. Unprincipled compromise is just capitulation. There’s too little of the former, too much of the latter.
This was always going to be a tough re-election for Sen. Flake. Now that he’s announced his retirement, let’s hope this moves this seat back into the Solid Republican category rather than letting it languish in the Toss-up category.