Jeff Flake, the former Republican Senator from Arizona, took to the Washington Post today to challenge fellow Republicans who remain in office to find their souls, rather than adhere to thoughtless allegiance to Trump.
Vague, Flake was not.
“My fellow Republicans, it is time to risk your careers in favor of your principles, Whether you believe the president deserves impeachment, you know he does not deserve reelection.”
Flake has them coming and going. Impeachment or not, they best know that Trump needs to be gone.
Flake has some “cred” here, since he knows the stakes, and has faced them down himself:
“I am not oblivious to the consequences that might accompany that decision, In fact, I am living those consequences. I would have preferred to represent the citizens of Arizona for another term in the Senate.
“But not at the cost of supporting this man,”
To our friends over at the orange mothership, those who love to aggressively assert that “conscientious Republican” is a contradiction in terms, I give you Jeff Flake. Sure, we may not agree with this views as to the proper role of government, women’s rights, policy, etc, but he does seem to care about what he sees as right and wrong. He gave up a prime seat in the Senate over it.
Flake then echoes what we have noted here, several times, but most recently today, the danger that Trump will attempt to bring it all down around him:
“I fear that, given the profound division in the country, an impeachment proceeding at such a toxic moment might actually benefit a president who thrives on chaos,” Flake wrote. “Disunion is the oxygen of this presidency. He is the maestro of a brand of discord that benefits only him and ravages everything else.”
I wish that Flake had not noted that an impeachment process might help Trump because he “thrives on chaos.” Words like that might well convince Trump that the grease fire he sprayed across the country will actually help him politically. Certainly, we agree with Flake that Trump would be just fine with burning the whole place down, so long as he emerges better off. After all, we’re near certain those were Putin’s exact instructions.
I am going to give Flake credit, because he didn’t blame the times, he didn’t blame Putin, he didn’t blame violent video games, he laid blame right where it belongs:
Republicans “have failed each other, and we have failed ourselves.”
Someone had to say it.
Besides us, I mean.