Look, it took a long time for me to think that title up. For what I get paid around here you ain’t gettin’ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Or Paul McCartney. Or (fill in any two-bit rapper you can think of here… I don’t know any and don’t care to… I don’t consider that garbage as music anyway).
Bannon Claims Another Scalp as Jeff Flake Decides Not to Seek Reelection
Under threat of an arduous primary challenge backed by Steve Bannon, Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., announced Tuesday he will not seek reelection.
He told The Arizona Republic ahead of his announcement that he has become convinced “there may not be a place for a Republican like me in the current Republican climate or the current Republican Party.”
Flake said he has not “soured on the Senate” and loves the institution, but that as a traditional, libertarian-leaning conservative Republican he is out of step with today’s Trump-dominated GOP.
Jeff Flake Mourns: ‘Traditional Conservative’ That Values Immigration, Free Trade Can’t Win
“When the next generation asks us, ‘Why didn’t you do something? Why didn’t you speak up?’ What are we going to say?” Flake said sorrowfully as he stood up in the Senate for his announcement. “Mr. President, I rise today to say, enough.”
Flake said that he no longer could serve as a conservative in a party that no longer valued free trade or immigration.
Rand Paul Is Only Lawmaker Who Refused To Stand, Applaud Jeff Flake Trashing POTUS Trump On Senate Floor
Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) gave a bridge burning speech on the Senate floor after news broke that he will not seek re-election in 2018. According to Daily Beast reporter Andrew Desiderio, every lawmaker who attended the speech, both Democrats and Republicans, stood and clapped for Flake — except Rand Paul.
The KY lawmaker didn’t see the virtue in trashing Trump as tax reform is on the table.
THE MEDIA WHORES, OF COURSE, FELL ALL OVER THIS RINO PUNK
CNN Goes All Out: Flake Speech Was ‘Breathtaking,’ ‘Historic,’ ‘Extraordinary Moment’ in U.S. Politics
On Tuesday afternoon, CNN Newsroom couldn’t contain their overwhelming praise for Republican Senator Jeff Flake (Ariz.) following his anti-Trump speech on the Senate floor, swooning like Barack Obama had just given the speech by declaring it a “breathtaking,” “historic,” and “extraordinary moment in American politics.”
Host Brooke Baldwin kicked things off, gushing that “[w]e have all just now witnessed an extraordinary moment in American politics” as “a sitting Republican senator” blamed President Trump for not seeking reelection due to his “actions and behavior.”
[CtH: Gag me! If he’d said anything remotely like this about Obama, he’d have been tarred and feathered.]
Jeff Flake won’t rule out taking on Trump in 2020 primary
Flake, who said he believes the president is setting a bad example for children, called out Trump for tweeting at foreign leaders and referring to Democrats as “losers or clowns.”
“These are kinds of things that we shouldn’t be okay with,” he said. “We keep waiting for a pivot that simply isn’t happening.”
Jeff Flake Retirement ‘Another Scalp’ for Bannon
At the Arizona rally last week, Bannon mocked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), telling him that his people are going home, in reference to McConnell’s comment about how losers go home and winners make policy.
“Note to self, Mitch: Big Luther Strange and Little Bobby Corker are both going home,” Bannon said to the raucous Arizona crowd last week. “The people of Alabama and the people of Tennessee have spoken. Your folks are going home, and their folks are making policy.”