Saturday, December 02, 2017


Earlier this year, Senator Jeff Flake published a self-important book entitled Conscience of a Conservative: A Rejection of Destructive Politics and a Return to Principle. Just for the lulz, I'd like to share with you a passage from pages 113 and 114 of that book, in which Flake argues that Senate customs protecting the power of the minority must be preserved, so the Senate can remain a body that guarantees patient, careful deliberation on important matters.

Last night, at approximately two in the morning, under pressure from President Trump, Flake voted for the GOP tax bill, after it had been advanced under rules intended to sidestep the filibuster, a bill so hastily written that it had no full hearings and was being rewritten by hand hours before the vote. The vote was (with one exception) entirely along party lines. A minority-party amendment seeking an adjournment until Monday to permit senators to read the full bill was rejected, entirely along party lines. Flake voted against adjournment.

Nice conscience you got there, senator.

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