Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona announced that he was not running for reelection then proceeded to rip Trump to pieces.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) October 24, 2017
Flake said, “We must stop pretending that the degradation of our politics and the conduct of some in our Executive Branch are normal. They are not normal. Reckless, outrageous, and undignified behavior has become excused and countenanced as telling it like it is when it is really just reckless, outrageous, and undignified, and when such behavior emanates from the top of our government, it is something else. It is dangerous to a democracy.”
Sen. Flake has more credibility as a Trump critic because he has been criticizing the President since the last presidential campaign. Senate Republicans suddenly have a group of loose cannons. John McCain doesn’t seem to be wasting a second while battling brain cancer, while the retiring Bob Corker and Flake are letting it fly.
Trump has few friends in the Senate, and it is questionable how these retirements are going to impact the votes on tax cuts and tax reform.
Flake has been floated as a potential Republican presidential candidate, while primarying any incumbent president is a nearly impossible task, if Flake would decide to run, he could speak for those Republicans who are sickened by Trump.
Either way, the 2018 Senate map just got less friendly for Republicans.