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Sen Jeff Flake (R-AZ) is going after Trump
Posted by: hal
Date: August 01, 2017 01:42PM
It seems safe to say that Senator Jeff Flake’s new anti-Trump book is politically contraindicated. His approval ratings in his home state, Arizona, are so low they are somewhere down in a missile silo; according to Politico, the president has privately said he would spend $10 million in the Republican primary to whisk Flake out of the Senate with a broom.

Then again, maybe this is what a man who’s facing political expiration does: speaks his mind, goes for broke. Or perhaps he’s simply fed up. Flake was one of the few Never Trumpers in Congress to remain so right through Election Day.

Whatever his reasons, Flake has gone “Bulworth” on us, emulating that movie’s devil-may-care, truth-telling politician, in “Conscience of a Conservative: A Rejection of Destructive Politics and a Return to Principle.” It’s striking how many influential figures in this slim volume he manages to impale with a stick and then lightly spit-roast. Newt Gingrich (a “character with extraordinary talents for self-promotion”). Michael Flynn (“conspiracy theorist”). Alex Jones (“one of the most egregious polluters of civil discourse in America”).

But above all others: Donald J. Trump.

Flake calls the president’s Twitter posts “all noise and no signal,” then adds: “Volatile unpredictability is not a virtue. We have quite enough volatile actors to deal with internationally as it is without becoming one of them.”
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That is on Page 5. On Page 6, he notes that Trump is in the regular habit of destabilizing the American people, not just foreign leaders. On Page 29, he says the word “Orwellian” “seems quaint now, inadequate to our moment.” On Page 30, he denounces the “embrace of ‘alternative facts’ at the highest levels of American life,” adding that it “creates a state of confusion, dividing us along fissures of truth and falsity and keeping us in a kind of low-level dread.”

He also offers a shockingly astute insight into Trump’s modus operandi — and modus vivendi — during the presidential campaign. “Far from conservative,” Flake writes, “the president’s comportment was rather a study in the importance of conflict in reality television — that once you introduce conflict, you cannot de-escalate conflict. You must continually escalate.”


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Re: Sen Jeff Flake (R-AZ) is going after Trump
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: August 01, 2017 01:45PM
and how did Senator Courage-Guts vote on Trumpcare and other ruinous legislation?
I'll pick up his new book (he's pushing it hard on every outlet) when it's 15¢ at a library sale.
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Re: Sen Jeff Flake (R-AZ) is going after Trump
Posted by: Z
Date: August 01, 2017 07:03PM
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Steve G.
and how did Senator Courage-Guts vote on Trumpcare and other ruinous legislation?

Excellent question my friend, excellent question.
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Re: Sen Jeff Flake (R-AZ) is going after Trump
Posted by: deckeda
Date: August 01, 2017 07:05PM
^^ Agreed. He can't reconcile his voting record with whatever Trump does.
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Re: Sen Jeff Flake (R-AZ) is going after Trump
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: August 02, 2017 03:01PM
Mr. hair-dyed, teeth-whitened talking head may be looking for a little attention to sell 14 more books.
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Re: Sen Jeff Flake (R-AZ) is going after Trump
Posted by: gabester
Date: October 15, 2017 07:24AM
Flake seems principled, the problem is his actual principals.
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