“Down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid. … He must be, to use a rather weathered phrase, a man of honor, by instinct, by inevitability, without thought of it, and certainly without saying it.”
– Phillip Marlowe “The Simple Art of Murder.”
Jeff Flake may be the most consistently decent and good Republican in The House. He’s been there when it was good to be GOP, he held on when it was the equivalent of wearing a scarlet elephant. He’s also been something else. He’s been his own man. I strongly encourage all of you to support his efforts to hold Jon Kyle’s Arizona Senate seat for the GOP in Arizona. My rationale follows below.
Years before Tea Partying was even remotely cool, Jeff Flake was fighting the stupid expenditures that politicians make to buy off idiot voting blocks. In 2007, after Jack Murtha and Nancy Pelosi had ascended to the heights of Capitol Hill and were opening the money spigots with minimal resistance, from a supine GOP, Congressman Flake stayed and he fought.
Jeff Flake decried the sickening deluge of earmarks. He detested the blatant larding of a Defense Appropriations Act with bribe after bribe for favored Congressional flunkies and lobbyists. For his efforts; his condign defense of the honor and dignity of our national legislature, Congressman Flake got to observe the magic of bipartisanship. Every criminal in the lousy joint, Democrat, Republican or morally in between, jumped on Congressman Flake and subjected him to ridicule.
Real Clear Politics describes what it was like three years ago to Party like it was 1773.
Flake insisted on debating the most egregious of the bill’s 1,300 earmarks placed in the Defense money bill by individual House members that authorize spending in their districts. Defending every such earmark was the chairman of the Defense Appropriations subcommittee: Democratic Rep. John Murtha, unsmiling and unresponsive to questions posed on the House floor by Flake.
Murtha is called “King Corruption” by Republican reformers, but what happened after midnight Aug. 5 is not a party matter. Democrats and Republicans, as always, locked arms supporting every earmark.
Two former Republican chairmen of the Appropriations Committee — Jerry Lewis of California and Bill Young of Florida — eagerly joined the debate on Murtha’s side. Lewis, one of the House members under Justice Department investigation, defended one of his own earmarks and treated Flake with sneering contempt for wasting the House’s time.
– Robert Novak (HT: RealClearPolitics)
In the Millennial Culture of I Wants Mines, where almost all of our political leaders, regardless of ideology, have taken Peggy Noonan’s Separate Peace, Flake stands alone. To use a Biblical allusion, he is a prophet not without honor, except in Congress, where he serves America athwart unending scorn. And yet the scriptural description does not need to remain apt for Congressman Flake.
And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house
Jeff Flake is determined to take his fight against corruption to the next level. This morning, as of 10am EST, his fight to replace Jon Kyl in the US Senate began. Kyl, a loyal establishmentarian Senator, was of a different era, facing different problems. His retirement complicates the GOP fight to retake the US Senate, but he will be 70 by 2012. A man of honor knows when to hang up his spikes.
Jeff Flake was the Proto-Tea-Partier. He came to Washington, DC, in 2000, for the same ostensible reasons that Rand Paul came in 2010. He has fought spending when doing so rendered him a spectacle and a freak. He will stand with and bolster, Senator Coburn, Senator DeMint, and Senator Paul. He will scourge “Senator 3-Branches of Government” Schumer.
In an age when our deficit is no longer a serious crisis; but rather an existential one, Jeff Flake’s hour has truly come around. I don’t care who else the GOP intends to run against Flake in AZ’s Senatorial Primary. I know, with total and absolute certainty, who I want and I need on that wall.
When twice as many people believe in UFOs as the fiscal soundness of Social Security, we need another Senator who can handle that truth. Given the ability, Jeff Flake will cut all the government I want cut and then a whole bunch of stuff I probably don’t. He’ll show the discipline and determination I would lack to get this deficit well in hand. Now is the time! Jeff Flake is the Man! Jeff Flake, US Senate, 2012 -that is all.