GOP Senator Goes On The Attack: Republicans Should Worry About Kavanaugh More Than Ever

Saturday was the annual Global Citizens Festival. Broadcast on network television, it was a huge event, full of important headliners, A-List celebrities, and political activists, all coming together for the common good. The people there were pro-environment, pro-equality, and want everyone around the globe to feel welcome everywhere. In other words, it is the last place you’d expect to find a Republican Senator. However, that is just what you found there, in Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ).

Now, to be fair, like most Republicans, Flake is no beach of hope. He votes with Trump most of the time, is anti-choice, and anti-LGBTQ…well, you get the picture. However, we do have to give credit where credit is due. Jeff Flake may be retiring, but it still takes a hell of a lot of stones for a GOP Senator to show up to an event like that in this political climate. What makes it even more courageous is that Flake took the stage with Democratic Senator Chris Coons. This show of bipartisanship is rare these days. It is even more rare for Congressional Republicans to be anything more than completely loyal to Donald Trump. In fact, it was a seeming lack of sufficient loyalty that made it impossible for Flake to seek re-election.

The real kicker did not come from Global Citizens, though. That came when Flake was at Atlantic Festival on Tuesday. Of course, issue that is plaguing the nation now: Whether or not accused drunken sexual assaulter Brett Kavanaugh will be allowed onto the Supreme Court with the advice and consent of the United States Senate. Flake said that he was “troubled” by the, quote, “partisan” tone of the remarks:

“I was very troubled by the tone of the remarks. The initial defense that Judge Kavanaugh gave was something — like I told my wife I hoped I wouldn’t sound that indignant if I felt that I was unjustly maligned.”

“But then it went on. And the interaction with the members was sharp and partisan. And that concerns me. And I tell myself you give a little leeway because of what he’s been through.”

“On the other hand, we can’t have this on the court. We simply can’t.”

Flake went on in that vein, lamenting the idea of the American people losing faith in the Supreme Court:

“The Supreme Court is still… the last institution that most Americans have faith in.That is how it has worked for us to cede so much authority and to give so much power to the Supreme Court because people still have faith.”

And there you have it. I might not agree with anything Jeff Flake stands for politically, but I gotta hand it to him on this one: He said what needs to be said. He opened the door for other Republican Senators to do the right thing, and vote no on Kavanaugh, and save the nation from that taint on its highest court. The only thing left to do, Senator Flake, is to make your actions count.

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