GOP's 'tremendous powers of denial': Senator Jeff Flake's case against Trump

The senator has written a new book in which he expresses concerns about what's become of conservative politics, and Politico published a striking op-ed from Flake yesterday in which the Arizona Republican says his party has been "in denial" about the dangers Trump poses. He's up for re-election to the Senate in 2018 and Trump has already spoken personally with three potential Republican primary challengers for his Arizona seat. We think conservatives should spend more time combatting the left than undermining a Republican President, so we'll pass on Flake's unhelpful book.

US President Donald Trump is polarising inside and outside of his own Republican Party. "It contained the core beliefs of our political faith, it told us why we had failed, what we must do".

"Here we have Flake, who takes the title of the book, "Conscience of a Conservative, ' the cover of the book, which is not identical but very close to the original cover of "Conscience of a Conservative" slaps his own meaningless, imbecilic arguments inside a book called 'Conscience of a Conservative" to justify his liberal sellout agenda". In fact, this is an excerpt from it.

"I think some things are more important than a political career", Flake said. Other pro-Trump firebrands also weighed in.

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"There was a time when the leadership of the Congress from both parties felt an institutional loyalty that would frequently create bonds across party lines in defense of congressional prerogatives in a unified front against the White House, regardless of the president's party", Flake writes. (Democrats would get decimated in the 2010 midterm elections after passing Obamacare.) Flake argues conservatives lost a bit of their moral and ethical compass in the process. After Nixon's defeat, and more than two years before the 1964 election, "Draft Goldwater for President committees" were formed in large measure as a response to L. Brent Bozell's eloquent framing of Goldwater's beliefs and principles. I think you're dead right on that.

Flake was also highly critical of conservatives' treatment of President Barack Obama while he was in office.

"Too often, we observe the unfolding drama along with the rest of the country, passively, all but saying, 'Someone should do something!' without seeming to realize that that someone is us", said Flake.

"If by 2017 the conservative bargain was to go along for the very bumpy ride because with congressional hegemony and the White House we had the numbers to achieve some long-held policy goals " even as we put at risk our institutions and our values " then it was a very real question whether any such policy victories wouldn't be Pyrrhic ones", Flake wrote.

Flake: "T$3 he unusual spectre of an American president's seeming affection for strongmen and authoritarians created such a cognitive dissonance among my generation of conservatives - who had come of age under existential threat from the Soviet Union - that it was nearly impossible to believe". "But it was also a monumental dodge". John McCain (R-AZ), Sen.

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So, what to do about it? He describes Trump's tweets as "all noise and no signal" and slams Republicans for not holding him accountable for his "volatile unpredictability".

Just over six months into Trump's administration, Flake prognosticates that his party is engaged in the "spasms of a dying party".

His policies on Europe, NATO, Russia and trade are the opposite of what Republicans have advocated for sixty years.

In his piece, Flake said conservatives had erred by remaining silent when "the most egregious and sustained attacks on [President Barack] Obama's legitimacy were leveled by marginal figures who would later be embraced and legitimized by far too many of us".

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