One of the bigger news pieces floating around these days after the big Harvey Weinstein scandal is the fact that Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) announced his retirement from Congress, thus opting to not seek reelection.
In his retirement speech, Flake said that “There are times when we must risk our careers in favor of our principles. Now is such a time.” He’s essentially saying that the reason he’s retiring is because he feels as though he would be compromising his “principles” by running as a Republican under “Trump’s Republican party”. Yeah, never mind the fact that he was down by double digits to a candidate that lost to John McCain of all people in 2016. Never mind that he wasn’t going to have a career in Congress come the 2018 midterms anyway.
No, it’s compromising his “principles” that has him worried.
But why do I specifically mention the Mainstream Media in the headline? Simply because of the title of an article on CNN written by Chris Cillizza: “Jeff Flake just flew a kamikaze mission against Donald Trump.”
When was the last time you’ve heard anyone in the MSM write an article about how an opponent of Donald Trump was doomed, seemingly from the beginning? You know what a kamikaze mission is, right? Where a fighter pilot of an aircraft willingly crashes into an enemy, hoping to kill him as well as himself? Do you know why that analogy doesn’t quite work in this scenario? Because Flake’s “kamikaze” mission against Trump would be about as damaging as a fly running into your head, for Trump that is. For Flake, it’s about as damaging as a plane flying into a nuclear reactor.
No damage was made to Trump and Flake simply committed political suicide. The intriguing part, however, is that Chris seemingly took notice of the effort and likely result: Jeff’s defeat.
Perhaps what’s more intriguing is what Chris wrote at one point in his article. After noting that Steve Bannon is aiding Kelli Ward (the challenger Flake was losing by double digits to), Chris wrote: “It quickly became clear that in a fight between Trump/Bannon and Flake, the senator was going to lose – and lose badly.”
Again, when was the last time you’ve seen someone from the MSM admit that Trump would be the clear winner in a fight against an opponent? Up until the last few hours on election night, none of them were ready to report that Hillary would lose and Trump would be elected President of the United States. They wanted to believe there was no way Trump could win until reality hit them like a truck. This is quite possibly the first time we’ve seen someone from the MSM admit that Trump would come out of this fight as the clear winner.
The article later says: “This will be touted by the Trump forces as a victory. A chance to get rid of one of the burrs in the President’s saddle. A chance to further destroy the GOP establishment. And maybe it is. There’s little indication that outside of the likes of Flake, Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker and McCain, Flake’s retirement – and the speech he gave announcing it – will have any significant impact on how Republican leaders in the Senate and House react to Trump’s presidency. If anything, they may look to Flake as a cautionary tale of what happens when you publicly cross Trump and his base. If so, Flake will have failed. But he will have failed trying to show his party that, in his mind, following Trump blindly down the path he is heading could lead to the end of the Republican Party as currently compromised.”
There’s a decent bit from that quote, but here are the important parts:
1. Chris recognizes that this fight against Flake was another fight against the Republican Establishment and that it’s very clearly a victory for Trump. A part of “draining the swamp”.
2. Chris recognizes that Flake’s retirement will have little to no effect on other Republicans about Trump’s presidency. He knows that, other than some Republican RINO’s, Flake’s retirement really doesn’t mean much. Flake’s voting record is very down-the-middle Republican. He’s voted conservatively sometimes, knowing something won’t get passed such as Obamacare repeal efforts and voted against his Party in other occasions such as relief efforts for Harvey victims.
3. Chris recognizes one of the effects of opposing Trump publicly: utter backlash and defeat. Now, he’s not saying Trump is unbeatable and he’s certainly not suggesting that Democrats and people in general shouldn’t oppose him. But he at least pays enough attention to see what happens when someone publicly goes against Trump, particularly someone from the Republican Party.
4. Flake is both right and wrong about one thing: the fate of the Republican Party.
What do I mean by the last point? Let’s go back to the quote: “… he will have failed trying to show his party that, in his mind, following Trump blindly down the path he is heading could lead to the end of the Republican Party as currently compromised.” Flake is wrong in that it would mean the end of the Republican Party as a political party, but he’s right in that, as currently compromised, the end of the Republican Party is nigh.
When you hear Trump say “drain the swamp”, what exactly do you think he means by that? To me, it means defeating the Washington Establishment that cares only for itself and ignores the will of We the People and giving We the People back control over our country. Part of that process includes defeating not just already-elected Establishment people, but also reforming the Party’s leadership.
The Republican Party Jeff Flake fears will cease to exist is the one that’s been promising to repeal Obamacare for 7 years and has yet to deliver on that promise, no matter how many great opportunities they have to do it. The one that, during rallies, sounds super conservative but winds up voting liberal. The one that in one moment promises to defeat Barack Obama swiftly and then does nothing to make it happen.
That Republican Party is the one we’ve had to deal with for DECADES! The Republican Party led by the Bush’s, McCain, Romney, Ryan, McConnell and the like. THAT is the Republican Party Flake fears for, THAT is the Party that faces extinction and THAT is the Party that I want to see be destroyed. The Party of Lincoln, the Party of Reagan, the Party of Trump is the one I want in Washington. The one that will actually FIGHT the evil that is the Left and not merely allow them to do as they wish because it means the media won’t get too mad at them.
In Trump's Republican Party, there is no room for Establishment RINO’s (Republicans In Name Only, in case you didn’t know). In Trump's Republican Party, we only accept those who are willing to fight the Left and their anti-American ways. We don’t accept those who would undermine the Presidential administration that wants to Make America Great Again.
To use the ever-popular phrase: “You are either with us, or against us.” There’s no middle-ground here. If you’re against Trump and what he stands for, you’re siding with the Left. No other way around it. And if you’re siding with the Left, you’re ultimately siding with evil.
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