I've been getting a lot of feedback on my recent Flake post, and one question caught my eye...Is Flake really a Republican? Obviously, he's not a traditional Republican In Name Only. We've all seen traditional RINOs--Democrats living in Republican districts who think it would be really cool to be in the legislature, get elected and then vote with the Democrats on key issues. All of those guys are gone.
Flake's not a Democrat, but he may actually be a libertarian. His view of the role of government is certainly Libertarian, but no one really notices because that view is also widely held among Republicans.
However, Jeff was one of only 15 Republicans who voted to repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell. And how about his views on immigration? Flake opposes SB 1070 and supports "Comprehensive" immigration reform. That's a classic economic Libertarian position. Carbon Tax? Again, an economic solution to a perceived problem.
Let's not forget that Jeff ran the Goldwater Institute prior to being elected to Congress. I don't think my friends at GWI would be offended if I said that the Institute was more Libertarian than Republican. While I agree with most of GWI's cases, I'm at odds with some of the legal theories that GWI espouses...such as applying Substantive Due Process to economic issues. (I think that SDP is just as illegitimate in the economic realm as it is in the social realm.)
Jeff's record looks to be entirely libertarian and happens to overlap with Conservative Republicans on fiscal issues--which is exactly where Libertarians and Conservative Republicans traditionally overlap.
I'm not the only one to notice. I'm hearing a lot of calls--especially from social conservatives--for Trent Franks to jump in the race. I think that Franks is leaning that way. I think he can self fund the race. And most of all, I think he's actually a Republican. He will have a lot of support.
Arizona has a vibrant Libertarian party, and if Flake wants to support gays in the military, encourage open borders, tax carbon and aprove judges who are "Economic Activists"....then he should be honest and run as a Libertarian.
Of course honestly hasn't always been Jeff's strong suit.