The big news in Washington Tuesday was that Senator Jeff Flake decided he would rather give up than put his ideas up against a primary challenger in 2018.

Sen. Flake was clearly in way over his head in the Senate.  He is one of the many conservatives who would have preferred Hillary Clinton in the White House and he said so himself a week before the election.

In July, Flake posted an absurd op-ed at Politico bashing Trump and completely ignoring the glaring fact that Trump has done nothing but try to move conservatism forward since the election.

Clearly, Flake is not a guy who understands that politics is a team sport and that sometimes you aren’t going to agree on everything but it’s your job to suck it up and get things done for your constituents.

But, Flake hasn’t gotten anything done besides help Democrats and smear the leader of his party.

Here’s the speech Flake gave on the Senate floor where he announced his plans to retreat rather than stand up and fight for what he believes in.  It’s the literal definition of grandstanding.

That was hard to listen to at times and laugh out loud funny at others.

Great speech Jeff. I can tell you practiced that one in front of the mirror a few times.  Here’s the thing.  If what Jeff was saying is true and he really believes in it then he should run for re-election and stand by those beliefs. Not run from them.  If Trump is such a threat to conservatism and the country as a whole then why would it make sense for you stand down?

It doesn’t make sense.

Make no mistake about it, Flake is bowing out because he knows he’s down at least 20 points in the polls.

From Breitbart:

Incumbent Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) is underwater badly in his home state, with just 21 percent of Arizona Republicans supporting him for reelection against challenger Dr. Kelli Ward—who gets 47 percent support—per a new poll from JMC Analytics.

The poll, provided to Breitbart News ahead of its public release by JMC Analytics’ John Couvillon, shows Flake in almost irreparable shape ahead of his reelection bid in 2018. That an incumbent U.S. Senator like Flake could be polling as low as 21 percent in his own primary, while a challenger like Ward has pulled 26 points ahead of him at 47 percent, is almost unthinkable with nearly a full year to go until the August 2018 primary. Three percent of the electorate said they would vote for Nicholas Tutora, another candidate, and 29 percent are undecided, when asked which candidate they would vote for between Ward, Flake, and Tutora.

That’s what this is about. It’s political theater in its most obnoxious form.

Look, I have no idea if Jeff Flake is a good guy.  Conservatives I really respect claim that Flake is a conservative.  I just happen to side with Laura Ingraham on this one.

Also, let’s be real, he wasn’t that conservative.  He has a liberty rating of around 50%. Where I come from, that’s an F.

Mark Levin can explain it better than I can. This clip is from August.

Politics is a battlefield of ideas. You fight for what you believe in because your idea is the one that will benefit the most people.  You don’t run away when it gets tough and you certainly shouldn’t lecture the country and state that rejected you with a sanctimonious sermon on your way out.

Trump broke Jeff Flake. No other way to slice it.

Don’t let the door hit you on the way out Jeff.

H/T Conservative Review