Jeff Flake is a very conservative legislator. He’s no moderate, even though the media describe him that way. Twenty years ago, someone with his politics would have the rightest of the right. But we have to ask: What will the impact be? Here, the ennobling goosebumps the speech inspired melt away fast. Because as much as I liked that speech, you liked that speech, every decent American liked that speech, you know who liked it more? Donald Trump. Steve Bannon. Indecent Americans. If his seat is filled by a Bannon acolyte while the president stomps all over the republic, all the words in the world won’t mean a thing.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.