Jeff Flake tries to go maverick, we’re not buying it

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Sen. Jeff Flake must have felt like he had to get in on some of the adulation that his senior colleague from Arizona, Sen. John McCain has received since casting the third Republican vote to kill Trumpcare in the Senate (for now). He’s decided that he needs to distance himself from his president a bit. That he’s running for re-election in 2018 probably had something to do with it, too.

“I do think so,” Flake told CBS’s “Face the Nation” when asked if GOP leaders are complicit if they fail to call out Trump.

“I think that you know, obviously the last thing you want to do is wake up every morning and see a tweet and think, ‘I just’ — you know, it’s tough not to just say, ‘I’m not going to respond.’ And we can’t respond to everything. But there are times when you have to stand up and say, ‘I’m sorry. This is wrong.’” […]

“There are truths that are self-evident. And you’ve got to stand up and call, whether it’s the White House or other elected officials, to task when they’re not doing what they should,” he said.

Very well said, Senator. Boy, are you the new maverick or what? Yeah, or what.

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You’re going to have to do a lot better than that, Senator.

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