Goodbye Mr.Flake. Hello Mrs. Flakey

I never agreed with much of what Senator Jeff Flake said when it came to policy — although I liked his stand on Cuba. But I always believed him to be a decent, honorable man.

The other day he proved that with a Senate floor speech which, with any luck, will become a turning point for Republicans. Those who share his deep concern about Mr. Trump, but don’t have the backbone to stand up and say so, at least have someone to quote now.

But, like all things political, time marches on.

It’s Thursday so I suspect the Sunday morning political talk show are working like mad to get a piece of Flake for their shows. In the business it’s called a “get.” I wish them luck.

The other “get” may be the worst nightmare for those of us  who actually live in Arizona: former state senator and resident ‘flakey person’ Dr. Kelli Ward. Ward is known around these parts as “Chemtrail Kelli” for her deep belief that those white smoke-like trails jet aircraft leave in the sky are, in fact, a government plot to control all of us with some sort of mind altering drug. That pretty much qualifies her as the Trump/Bannon preferred candidate to replace Flake in the U.S. Senate, I’d say.

In the meantime, a whole slew of Arizona Republicans, each trying to out-crazy the other and pledge their undying support of Trump have sprung into action.

NOTE TO REPUBLICAN PRIMARY VOTERS: When the pollsters call you this weekend, and they will, have some fun: tell them you’re “undecided.” This is especially fun if the call is from one of major TV networks, New York Times, Washington Post, etc. They’d like nothing more than to see “Arizona in play” for the senate race. When their colleagues are battling the weather back East they can be here playing golf. 

My personal favorite is Arizona State treasurer Jeff Dewit. ‘Ole Jeff has pretty much been a ghost for most of the 2016 election and into 2017 in his role as “Treasurer for the Trump campaign.” I’ve never verified that, mostly because I didn’t care, but it seems like a good idea for someone to check out.

In any event, if true, I suspect that anyone Trump/Bannon trusted with their cash has to have the inside track on this one — or be prepared for one helluva IRS audit.

In the meantime, the U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema campaign has to put a limit on their  giddiness — take a day or two — and then come back to reality. Their mission is going to be finding enough Democrats, Independents  and “I’m-fed-up-with-the-Republican-crats”to win next year…a little over 12 months from now. 

Their best course, I suspect, will be to maintain their heading and not take the Trump/Bannon bait that’ll be carpet-bombing the state.

Trump/Bannon thrive on the thin skin of their targets/opponents. That’s what all the nicknames are about, not to mention the outright lies. And they really don’t care much about any attempted “counter attacks” aimed at them. Because they know their base won’t care. In fact, their allegiance will just grow stronger.

Well, that’s going way too far into the future for me. A lot is going to happen between now and then. Hold tight, its going to be a very rough road.





About Bob Grossfeld

Robert "Bob" Grossfeld has 30 years of experience as an award-winning, political strategist and media consultant. He has twice served as Senior Advisor to Members of Congress, Special Assistant to the Arizona State Senate Majority Leader, and Communications Director at the Arizona Department of Education as well as the Arizona AFL-CIO. He also launched and was the Publisher of the groundbreaking online political paper, 'The Arizona Guardian." He has produced award-winning media campaigns and strategies for ballot measures, candidates for Congress, Legislature, municipal offices, and Native American Tribes. Bob is President of POLITICARE and Founder of The Media Guys
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