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Jeff Flake: GOP problems
began during Bush years,
Trump is the ´culmination´ of it

Washington Examiner, by Meghana Kurup

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Posted By:MDConservative, 7/31/2017 10:18:24 AM

President Trump should not be blamed for what the Republican Party has become, said Republican Sen. Jeff Flake, who believes the party´s problems began during the Bush administration. "I´m not blaming this lack of principle, or where we are, solely on the president. He´s more the culmination of it," Flake told NPR in an interview.

He notes that the "skinny repeal" fiasco shows that things can´t get done by one party - "We´ve just seen the limits of what one party can do." He ignores that his addled senior Republican colleague from Arizona and two other GOP(e) senators scuttled passage, not the Dems. BTW: He´s up for re-election in 2018.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 7/31/2017 10:24:28 AM     (No. 11336617)

What a Flake.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Jethro bo, 7/31/2017 10:27:19 AM     (No. 11336621)

So this RINO thinks the problem started with RINO Bush. Actually, that´s true. WE have voted for conservatives only to get RINOs. And we are getting tired of being told that our views and desires are wrong. Its the RINOs that are wrong. If ever a third party was needed, its now.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Wizard of IS, 7/31/2017 10:28:23 AM     (No. 11336623)

As a conservative AZ Republican I am profoundly embarrassed by our Senators.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Texasdude, 7/31/2017 10:29:51 AM     (No. 11336626)

You can trace todays´ GOP to HW Bush. He was the one who coined the term "Vodoo Economics" denigrating Reagans low tax policies. As President, he moved away from Reagan´s policies touting a "New World Order". Moreover, he refused to counter his critics, something his son did.

The GOP historically has been about protecting industry and workers. Even Reagan followed that tradition.

Something HW and W did not.

Trump is the result of 30+ years of the GOP selling America out.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: mickturn, 7/31/2017 10:29:53 AM     (No. 11336627)

The Uniparty is alive and well.
The Democraps lie to their constituents and tell them ´they will help the little guy´ then they screw them (ObeyCare).

The Republicans act conservative to get elected then turn RINO on us.

None of them are any good, we need to TAKE OVER the entire republican party and make it totally accountable. That is what I think Trump will end up doing. He is the HEAD of the Repub Party now, what´s taking so long?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Sanchin, 7/31/2017 10:30:35 AM     (No. 11336629)

Problems began with Bush Yes!!! We lost our privacy under the Patriot Act we entered a war in Iraq that was pointless and we let loose the destrfuction of big government. The only defense of Bush was that Gore and Kerry would have been worse.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: plex, 7/31/2017 10:31:25 AM     (No. 11336632)

Trying to burnish his image ahead of the primary. If the Arizona GOP can limit the challengers to 1 (Kelly or DeWitt) then Flake can be beaten. However, AZ GOP leadership seems to be McCain/Flake (they are one and the same) fans and will encourage a large field of challengers to insure a Flake win.

It was OK to oppose Trump in the Primary, I did (a Cruz voter) but once he won there was no excuse for not supporting him.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: DCGIRL, 7/31/2017 10:36:01 AM     (No. 11336638)

Now it is confirmed which side of the fence he is on. Senator Flake, I suggest you run as a democrat. You are no longer wanted in the republican party. I´m writing a check today for Dr. Ward who is running as a conservative against you in the primary.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Judy, 7/31/2017 10:37:54 AM     (No. 11336642)

Flake is another McCain democrat!

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Quigley, 7/31/2017 10:39:26 AM     (No. 11336644)

NPR probably wrote the text of flake´s answers, flake read them back to the reporter, and they call it "news."

Or, more accurately, fake news.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Whamdbambam, 7/31/2017 10:44:00 AM     (No. 11336650)

He needs to be doing something really important, like delivering junk mail.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Kowgirl, 7/31/2017 10:54:07 AM     (No. 11336663)

As an AZ resident I can confirm that #7 is exactly right. McCain "won" the nomination this past election with a plurality of the vote (barely 40%), not the majority. McCain most definitely is NOT beloved in this great state.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Cor-vet, 7/31/2017 11:03:30 AM     (No. 11336677)

Flake, McCain lite!

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Reply 14 - Posted by: msjena, 7/31/2017 11:04:26 AM     (No. 11336681)

Why is it that the Democrats can ram through legislation when they are in the majority? Why did the GOP support the reelection (or election) of Lisa Murkowski? She lost the primary the first time around and the GOPe supported her over the voters´ chosen nominee. She never could have made it to the Senate on her own--she was appointed by her father at the beginning! Now she is running the show for the whole country!

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Reply 15 - Posted by: john56, 7/31/2017 11:05:58 AM     (No. 11336683)

Obviously, there are no mirrors in Washington. And maybe not at Jeff´s place in Arizona.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: iron duke1, 7/31/2017 11:09:14 AM     (No. 11336687)

#3 Ditto on my part1

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Reply 17 - Posted by: MickinPhoenix, 7/31/2017 11:10:44 AM     (No. 11336691)

A more correct term for RINO is RATS. Mick

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Reply 18 - Posted by: ArthurDent, 7/31/2017 11:11:52 AM     (No. 11336696)

"We´ve just seen the limits of what one party can do.

Nonsense, 0care was passed completely by one party, who were just brave enough to stick it to the opposing party, as well as ordinary Americans.

There aren´t enough Conservatives in DC. Yet.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Muguy, 7/31/2017 11:15:49 AM     (No. 11336701)

The Country Club "blue bloods" have been around a long time, before Poppy Bush, but the "Bushie" New World Order types have been around for a long time now.

The RINOs have almost successfully beat down the social conservatives who believe in the Constitution, the Rule of Law, the evils of socialism preached by the European countries.

Jeff Flake AND McPain are walking examples of why we need TERM LIMITS to flush those RINOs down the drain.

If there was any collusion, it was Mr. Trump´s supporters and the RINOs colluding to run the traditional conservatives out of the way in DC.

The demonrat socialists have their own people like Pelosi and Chuck U Schumer who need to be TERM LIMITED out as well.

Those all to cozy DC ´leaders´ need to be removed by term limits, because then there will be no one out the to promise ´goodies´ out of our pockets using the government trough.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: chiller, 7/31/2017 11:18:21 AM     (No. 11336705)

As an Arizonan, I won´t vote for either Flake or McCain, but his assessment that Trump is the culmination of years of Republican malfeasance is correct.

Flake apparently does not see Dems as the problem, as socialist slimes, as big government fans, anti-freedom lovers, as open border supporters. They are not to be worked with until they come to their senses and sideline the freaks, the globalists, one world proponents, SJWarriors and the rest.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: ocjim, 7/31/2017 11:59:27 AM     (No. 11336754)

#14 It´s even worse. McConnell and the GOP rewards renegade Murkowski´s behavior because she is Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. She should be stripped of that position immediately, Mitch! There are a handful of GOP Senators that are driving the GOP bus over the cliff, esp with respect to 2018. Murkowski´s about the worst, an independent operator whose support/donators in Alaska deserves a detailed exploration by our Right media.
Thanks for nuthin´, Alaska!

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Bubby, 7/31/2017 12:03:56 PM     (No. 11336760)

Jeff here´s a clue when the "country"´s real problems started and it was when that idiot, fool bill clinton gave billions of dollars to North Korea to end their nuclear bomb program which they immediately used to accelerate the program. Followed by the next idiot and fool obama who gave billions to Iran which they have used for terrorism and accelerating their nuclear bomb program. The country "lost its way" Jeff electing those two idiots and fools to two terms and why the world is on the brink of a nuclear war you idiot and fool!

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Reply 23 - Posted by: simpleman, 7/31/2017 12:22:44 PM     (No. 11336775)

...Az republican voters need to avoid reliance on the Az GOP. The GOP wants to avoid Ward or Dewit; GOP wants Flake. Dewit, especially is a Trump force of nature. GOP wants to maintain the deep state, not Az state.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Cartcart, 7/31/2017 12:22:46 PM     (No. 11336776)

Flake is one of the most tedious political personalities ever to be elected to office. He is running right in order to get elected. I´d lik to see an alternative- maybe a conservative with some spine.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: harper, 7/31/2017 1:39:56 PM     (No. 11336841)

Flake resembles the mythical frog that was in the pot with the slowly increasing temperature. But it wasn´t water in this case, it was Dimmi slime, and he is fully cooked.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Flyball Dogs, 7/31/2017 1:43:29 PM     (No. 11336846)

We may be having a similar dilemma with big Strange, Luther here in the Heart of Dixie.
Ole Mo (Brooks) didn´t support Trump and is a member of the Freedom Caucus (my opinion of them is still out). But word here in Alabama is that Strange´s campaign is being financed by one, Mitchster (I´m not a turtle) McConnell.

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