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Trusting Jeff Flake on Supreme Court nominee is a fool’s errand

Posted by on | June 29, 2018 | No Comments

Now claims he won’t stall President Trump’s SCOTUS nominee

Jeff Flake — obsessed with Trump hatred and on his way out the political door after dismal 18% approval numbers convinced him of the folly of trying to hold onto the senate seat he occupied for a single term — appears to have experienced a revelation.

He now says he won’t withhold his support of a Trump Supreme Court nominee.

How big of the small man. IF he can be trusted.

As Roll Call reports, showboating Flake admits he has stalled the president’s federal appeals court nominees by withholding his support on the Judiciary Committee in an effort to force the Senate to vote against President Trump’s imposition of tariffs — which Flake opposes.

Now the unreliable Flake, whose ego and cockiness outweigh his intelligence, says he’ll assess each judicial candidate nominated to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy separately. Flake’s apparent change of heart would leave Senate Democrats still searching for at least one GOP ally to block a Trump nomination to the high court.  Republicans placing trust in the devious Flake who has nothing to lose, do so at their own peril. He’s keenly aware that Republicrat Sens. Susan Collins (Maine) who joined Flake in supporting Obama’s Supreme Court nomination of Democrat Merrick Garland and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), will adhere to a left-wing agenda that includes abortion on demand.

 “My goal here is not to block judges. My goal is to get a vote on tariffs, and I have all the leverage I need with circuit court nominees,” he boasted. The Supreme Court “is unaffected.” I have all the leverage I need. I certainly wasn’t anticipating a Supreme Court vacancy, but it’s unaffected.”

 Flake obviously has an “I” problem,  He references himself seven times in one short paragraph.

“I do think that unless we can actually do something other than just approving the president’s executive calendar, his nominees, judges, that we have no reason to be there,” Flake has previously stated. “So, I think myself and a number of senators, at least a few of us will stand up and say let’s not move any more judges until we get a vote for example on tariffs.”

Flake was asked about his procedural maneuvering during an interview on ABC‘s This Week with George Stephanopoulos, where he groused, that the president was redefining the Republican Party. In speaking with Bill Clinton’s former senior White House advisor and past advisor to the Democrat Party, Flake described Trump and his administration as constituting “a crisis,” a description relished by Stephanopoulos.

Flake can’t bring himself to acknowledge the enormous and supportive crowds President Trump continues to draw at appearances across the nation. Flake couldn’t even fill a small meeting room.

The question that bubbles to the surface is why is a marginal guy like Jeff Flake, who has spent the bulk of his career at the public trough or lobbying as a registered foreign agent in Africa for a uranium mining company with ties to Iran, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee?

The Center for Responsive Politics details the sources of Flake’s incumbency-driven money train. Even as a lame-duck, as of March 31, 2018 he still had $1,269,704 “on hand,” What happens to that bundle now that he’s no longer a candidate?

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