Arizona RINO Sen. Jeff Flake is on his way out of the upper chamber in 2018, purportedly because he felt the presidency of Donald Trump was simply too extreme for him to countenance.
In reality, his departure had more to do with the fact that he was so unpopular with the people of his state that he was about to lose his party’s primary in the kind of whipping usually only seen in the University of Alabama’s homecoming game. But, whatever.
The point is that Sen. Flake is determined to make things as miserable for not only the president but also the party that both of them belong to. That’s why he just made a symbolic donation to a certain someone that proves he would rather the Democrats control the Senate.
In a Twitter post on Tuesday, Flake posted a picture of a campaign donation check to Alabama Democrat Senate challenger Doug Jones in the symbolic amount of $100.
Country over Party pic.twitter.com/JZMTaEYdxQ
— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) December 5, 2017
The caption read “Country over party.” If you ask me, “Publicity over principle” might have been a better fit.
Let me here state that I don’t personally take a position on the accusations against Roy Moore, although they are gravely serious and have certainly made me reassess both the man and my desire to see him in the U.S. Senate.
That said, I also find it curious that after a decade and a half of being one of America’s most hated public figures — one whose life has been pored over for years by media institutions not necessarily simpatico with his opinions — these very allegations just suddenly happened to surface weeks before the Dec. 12 election, right after he became the Republican nominee.
The original position of the Trump administration was that the voters of Alabama should decide, and that’s my position, too. If Flake has his doubts about Moore, he could also have taken said position. He did not, instead deciding to endorse Doug Jones
Let’s be clear: Doug Jones isn’t a moderate who will represent the people of Alabama and their beliefs. He’s a clone straight off of the Schumer/Pelosi production line. Here are some quotes from the “moderate” who will represent Alabama if Roy Moore loses:
- (On abortion) “I’m not in favor of anything that is going to infringe on a woman’s right and her freedom to choose. That’s just the position that I’ve had for many years. It’s a position I continue to have. But when those people — I want to make sure that people understand that once a baby is born, I’m going to be there for that child. That’s where I become a right to lifer.”
- (On religious freedom) “… if your culture means that you would discriminate against somebody, that you would not treat anybody in the same way that Christ would do, then I’m not going to protect that. I’m not going to protect discrimination of any sort, in any way, whether it’s race, religion, sex orientation or whatever. So I’m not going to protect that culture if that’s what their culture is.”
- (On the minimum wage) “People in Alabama should not have to work two or three jobs just to provide food, housing and other necessities for their families, often foregoing healthcare and other needs. I strongly support ensuring working Alabamians receive a living wage for their hard work. It is past time. They are then less reliant on the government and those dollars help lift the economy.”
Let’s translate this farrago of political speak (“I love America! And jobs! And big-headed babies!”) into what Doug Jones is really telling us.
On the first count, he’s actually being pretty straightforward: he wants abortion on demand, pretty much up until the kid gets out of the womb. This, you may surmise, is not a popular position in Alabama. You would be correct: As of 2014, Pew reported fully 58 percent of residents abortion should be illegal in all or most cases, compared to only 37 percent who thought it should be legal. Partial birth abortion, which Jones explicitly said he would not vote to ban were he to become a senator, is assumedly even less popular.
On religious freedom, Jones uses a typical liberal trick: hiding behind the wall of an uber-liberal interpretation of Christianity and saying that as a senator, he would treat “anybody in the same way that Christ would do.”
Given his party affiliation, this presumably includes supporting lawsuits against bakers who felt their freedom of religion was being violated by being compelled to bake a cake for a ceremony that was against their religious beliefs (ol’ INRI was the litigious sort, believe it or not), sending people to jail for not using invented gender pronouns, going after religious orders who refused to provide contraception because it was against their beliefs, and other fun stuff. You know, in the same way Christ would do.
Then he goes on to talk about how the put-upon people of Alabama shouldn’t have to work three jobs, as they so often do (statistics aren’t cited in this sob-inducing bit of drivel on his website, it’s worth noting). During this lachrymose bit of copy, he talks frequently about a “living wage.” This is more or less a dog-whistle for the “fight for $15.”
As we’ve seen in Seattle, this solves the problem of having to work three jobs by having to work no jobs at all, thanks to the scarcity of said jobs. Perhaps educational and social changes outside of the government milieu might be a little more productive, as would setting wages at a level where they’re commiserate with the value added by the job. However, that doesn’t look so good on a website, so que sera sera.
This is the kind of thing that Jeff Flake feels confident endorsing over a man who is facing 40-year-old allegations that he vigorously denies. If Flake didn’t feel comfortable with voting for Moore, it’s worth pointing out that he isn’t a resident of Alabama and didn’t have to say a damn thing. Instead, he’s cosigned a Democrat who has openly admitted he plans to sabotage the Republican agenda in every way possible: late term abortion, $15 minimum wage and the stifling of religious freedom.
Mr. Flake, 2018 can’t come soon enough. No one asked you to choose party over country. However, when the voters of Arizona elected you, they gave you the responsibility to choose their interests over your personal profile. With one tweet and one check, you’ve definitely failed that responsibility.
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