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Jeff Flake seems to think he’s helping the country by giving $100 to far-left Democrat Doug Jones

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By —— Bio and Archives December 6, 2017

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Many of you are already mad at both Rob and me for seeing some credibility in the allegations against Roy Moore. That’s fine. Be mad. Not everyone on our team who’s accused is being railroaded, and not every situation is the same as every other situation, which is why the “Herman Cain of all people” argument doesn’t get very far with me.

But it’s one thing to say you can’t give your vote to Roy Moore. It’s quite another thing to not only give your endorsement but also your money to Doug Jones, his far-left Democrat opponent. And it takes it to a whole new level when you claim you’re trying to put Jones in the U.S. Senate for the benefit of the country.

That’s the position now staked out by Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona:

Flake has of course gotten himself lots of attaboys and pats on the back from the the Beltway crowd and from anti-Trump conservatives for his supposedly “principled” stands against the president. His widely heralded announcement that he will not run for re-election was presented Medal of Courage-worthy, although it was little more than a guy’s decision to no longer operate in an environment he finds challenging.

But it’s fine with me if Flake wants to leave office and, for that matter, if he wants to publicly declare his problems with President Trump. It’s also fine if he believes Roy Moore is unfit to serve in the U.S. Senate.

But when you claim you’re looking out for the best interests of the country by giving your money to Doug Jones, it behooves you to consider the actual consequences of Doug Jones being elected, and it’s hard to see how they’re good.

Adding Doug Jones to the Senate means the Republicans’ precarious majority becomes one vote weaker, which not only makes it harder to come back and try ObamaCare repeal again, but will also make it considerably more difficult to confirm the next constitutionalist judge President Trump nominates to the Supreme Court.

Think it’s hard now to curtail federal spending? Reform entitlements? Deregulate? Fix immigration policy? Pick your chosen policy. Every time we try to advance a conservative policy initiative, we’ve got to give major concessions to the likes of John McCain, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski to have even a ghost of a chance of a majority, and that’s assuming we can structure bills in such a way that they can pass with a simple majority under Senate rules. Add Doug Jones to the Senate and that gets even harder than it already is.

I am not making an argument here that you should hold your nose and vote for Roy Moore if you find him morally or ethically unacceptable. I understand why some would not. What I am simply saying is that electing Doug Jones is not good for the country. It’s bad in all kinds of ways, and if Jeff Flake thinks otherwise he needs to explain that. I do think that sometimes the only choice is the lesser of two evils. But when that’s the case, you’re still voting for an evil.

That’s not good.

If I lived in Alabama I would probably just abstain from voting. I sure as hell would not give my vote to Doug Jones because everything Doug Jones supports is bad for this country. That’s what Jeff Flake just invested $100 in. He’s not putting country ahead of party. He’s putting his own ego ahead of everything.

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