The PJ Tatler reports that Opportunistic Hypocrite™ will work to destroy his wife’s good friend Senator Jeff Flake – the Republican from Arizona – if he doesn’t kiss the ring of the hoplophobic left.
Gabrielle Giffords and Jeff Flake appear to be pretty close friends, says the Tatler.
Flake sat next to Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.) and helped her to her feet every time she wanted to join in a standing ovation for President Obama at the 2012 State of the Union. When Giffords stepped down from Congress the next day, Flake stood by her side and held her hand.
But that apparently doesn’t matter to the Opportunistic Hypocrite, who has threatened to work to defeat Flake if he doesn’t vote how Mark Kelly wants him to vote.
Mr. Kelly, a retired Navy captain and astronaut, said Senator Flake is “a good friend” of Ms. Giffords. But he gave this warning Tuesday at a Monitor-hosted breakfast with reporters: “If there was the right candidate out there and he [Flake] didn’t support this legislation, … you know friendship is one thing … saving people’s lives, especially first-graders’, is another.”
On Monday, Flake posted on Facebook a statement that he will oppose the bipartisan legislation on background checks drafted by Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia. The measure “simply goes too far,” Flake said.
Gee… I wonder who that candidate could be! It’s not like the “Senator Mark Kelly” option hasn’t been explored before! Especially recently, after Kelly trotted out his injured wife as a prop for his gun control efforts in the Senate.
The man by her side Tuesday night and always, Giffords’ husband former astronaut Mark Kelly, is her partner in the gun control fight, but now in Arizona he is also being seen as a possible new star who could inherit his wife’s political career.
Jeff Rogers, a friend of Giffords and Kelly and former chair of the Pima County Democratic Party, told ABC News that Kelly would be “an ideal candidate to take on John McCain’s position in 2016.”
McCain, who along with Giffords’ successor Ron Barber (D-Ariz.), gave Kelly and Giffords his visitor pass for the State of the Union speech, will be 80 when he is up for reelection in 2016.
I admit, I would love to rid this government of the crusty old jackhole McCain, but he may be tougher to defeat than Jeff Flake, and frankly Uncle Fester needs a bit of time to prepare for a Senate run and a couple more years to look like a caring husband, who gave up everything to stand by his injured wife.
This is not about the safety of first-graders. History has shown that banning “assault weapons” hasn’t done a whole lot to prevent mass shootings (see: Columbine), and frankly, gun violence had already been on the decline when the Brady Background checks were enacted in November 1993, so it would be disingenuous to claim that background checks were somehow responsible for that reduction.
So why is Mark Kelly doing this?
I think he’s positioning himself for a Senate bid against Jeff Flake in 2018. I think a challenge to McCain in 2016 would be a bit more difficult, as McCain is an entrenched incumbent, but Flake is relatively new to the Senate, so maybe…
In short, I doubt this is about the safety of first-graders. This is about Mark Kelly’s political career.