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December 12, 2018

Flaking out: Senator not showing courage, he’s just playing politics

September 29, 2018
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz) speaks during a meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee Sept. 28, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Win McNamee / Getty Images)

While it looks like Sen. Jeff Flake found a backbone, the truth is, he did exactly what every Republican did so successfully during the entire ugly, disgraceful hearing of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh — he tried to appear both empathetic and strong while acting every inch the coward.

No, Flake didn’t change his mind about voting for a man who might have perjured himself under oath, a man who has multiple sexual misconduct allegations lodged against him, including one from the very credible Christine Blasey Ford. No, he just voted to delay a final vote for one week to give the FBI time to investigate an alleged 36-year old crime.




Flake knows that it will be difficult for the FBI to figure out what happened 36 years ago in a week. We know that, the world knows that.

But Flake, seemingly looking out for his next gig, is playing both sides. Why? Perhaps he wants to return to his old profession as a public relations guy — or as it’s called once you’ve been an elected official, a lobbyist. By calling for a delay, he appears reasonable and sympathetic while ducking his responsibility. He’s the one who needs a week to figure out what he does next.

Since Flake’s leaving the Senate when his term is up next year, he can go from being paid for his opinion to being paid to HAVE an opinion, which may or may not be his own.

He was auditioning Friday for the rest of his life.

Supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018.
Supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. (Saul Loeb / AP)

After Sen. Jeff Flake finally did almost the right thing by forcing a one week investigation of the 36 year old alleged assault against Christine Blasey Ford, President Trump on Friday said, “I’ve ordered the FBI to conduct a supplemental investigation to update Judge Kavanaugh’s file. As the Senate has requested, this update must be limited in scope and completed in less than one week.”

But who’s going to issue an FBI order to investigate the 19 sexual misconduct allegations against HIM? Chances are 100% that the president won’t order the FBI to investigate those complaints.

But we all know that

Truth is, (if such a thing is still possible in this country), Flake fell precisely in line with the party he pretends to push back at — an act that’s defined his whole career. It was a perfect PR stunt if ever there was one.

He didn’t vote against the nightmare that is the nomination of the most arrogant and tainted Supreme Court candidate in history, he just passed the buck.

Calling for an investigation is better than having done nothing, but he simply couched his cowardice in delay.

Flake flaked out on us but he still cleverly managed to look like a hero. He’s not.

On Friday he put himself in charge of the future of all American women. How far we haven’t come.




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