It never goes over well when the person who quit the team writes a letter to all its members scolding them to try harder.
That seems like common sense — but no one ever accused former GOP senator from Arizona, Jeff Flake, of having a lot of common sense. Flake, who quit his Senate job earlier this year, penned an open letter to Senate Republicans on Friday asking them to “put country over party” when they place their upcoming vote on the impeachment of President Donald Trump.
To Flake, that apparently means that the GOP should join House Democrats’ leftist circus show and support Trump’s impeachment. “President Trump is on trial. But in a very real sense, so are you. And so is the political party to which we belong,” Flake wrote in his letter, which was published in the Republican-hating Washington Post.
Flake, a prominent anti-Trumper, made his intentions clear: “By putting country over party, you might just save the Grand Old Party before it’s too late.”
According to Flake, virtue for Republican senators looks like doing the noble work of impeaching Trump. But for Flake himself, virtue looks like quitting his elected position and self-indulgently pandering to the left.
Flake will leave a legacy of abandoning his team, merely writing silly letters back to the senators who decided to continue the serve.
Flake’s betrayal of his party is stunning to the GOP — but not because it reveals a lack of character. (That box was found empty a long time ago.) Rather, it’s stunning because it reveals how deep the anti-Trump hatred goes within the D.C. Swamp.