To no one’s surprise, the Republic endorses Jeff Flake

14 Oct 2012 04:00 pm
Posted by: Donna

Oh brother.

Impending “fiscal cliffs.” Unprecedented national debt. Trillion-dollar annual deficits.

These are the great issues of our day, like it or not. We cannot wish them away. About their resolution, the nation has two choices: We can do nothing (or too little) and let the consequences roll over us as they are now in Greece and Spain. Or, we can act.

If the great issue of your day is the deficit, congratulations, you are privileged. And if you think the United States is economically similar to Greece and Spain and that austerity is a good thing to do in a recession, you should really just shut up and go away because you have no clue what you’re talking about. But luckily for the AZ Republic ed board, they get a platform from which to spout their privileged oblivious idiocy and have it be taken seriously. It was clear when I watched the ed board interview of Richard Carmona and Jeff Flake for US Senate race endorsement that Flake was the preferred candidate from the get-go. They grilled Carmona relentlessly while treating Flake tenderly and spent easily 2/3 of the interview twaddling over spending and earmarks, which is seen as Flake’s wheelhouse. Naturally, since Republic endorsements these days are advanced etiquette competitions, the editors found it necessary to let readers know that Flake “shined” at the interview with his well-known “affability”. And I think we can safely forecast the Republic’s Presidential endorsement from this:

With the exception of Rep. Paul Ryan, perhaps no candidate for federal office in this election cycle is more committed to forcing sanity back into the nation’s finances.

Yeah, the willingness to starve grandmas is a good indicator of one’s commitment to fiscal sanity. The Republic says that Carmona would be a good candidate for a different, more prosperous time but that “recession-weary Arizonans scarcely need reminding that these are not the economically full-throttle days of Reagan or Clinton.” Right, so elect the guy who wants to starve grandmas with Paul Ryan and refuses to bring job-generating federal projects to Arizona. Good call, geniuses.


  1. Comment by mike slater on October 14, 2012 7:05 pm

    Donna, your tired liberal line isn’t working anymore. FDR tried massive federal spending during the Great Depression and all it did was prolong the recovery.

    Government is not supposed to be a nanny state. In fact if you read the U.S. Constitution it doesn’t say anything about taking care of grandma.

    The country is broke and we ‘re looking more like Greece and Spain every day.

    In the words of the Willie Nelson song “turn out the lights the party’s over.

  2. Comment by Timmys Cat on October 14, 2012 10:39 pm

    Ha! Read the comments after the annoitment.
    Loved the smackdown on the “No gubment built Phoenix ” idiot.

    I think the Republic realizes the chosen one is light in the britches so it felt the need to blather ominous warnings about problems that Flakes own party are mostly responsible for. Apparently they think the best way to solve the mess is to hand it back to it’s creators.
    The annoitment smells to high heaven of a predetermined political promotion not an endorsment. WTF does Greece have anything to do with a senate race in Arizona? Sceery strawmen that only Flakey can save us from. Write the annointment in irrelevant doomsday BS that plays to Flakes one trick pony that holds up to public scrutiny.

    Flakes voting record and rightwing pandering?

  3. Comment by Appleblossom on October 17, 2012 9:54 am

    FDR tried massive federal spending during the Great Depression and all it did was prolong the recovery.

    Yes, that massive government expenditure of WWII totally led to a massive depression in 1946-1972. Oh wait…

  4. Comment by Liberal Democrat Friend of Bruce Ash on October 17, 2012 5:28 pm

    if you read the constitution it says nothing about standing armies, the internet, or heterosexual marriage either.

  5. Comment by Appleblossom on October 18, 2012 3:05 pm

    The Air Force is actually unconstitutional if you really want to be picky.

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