Senate Republicans expected to have a huge day of voting through judicial nominees on Thursday.
That came to a screeching halt, however, when Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake (R) revealed he will be voting against every single one of them.
Last Days… Difficult Days
Flake is clearly trying to be a thorn in the side of the president during his last few days in office.
Still pushing the narrative Trump will fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Flake is holding his judiciary vote hostage.
Flake reportedly told Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) the only way he will put those names through is if McConnell presents legislation to protect Mueller.
Sen. Flake may think he holds the upper hand here, but his little stunt is about to backfire.
Since Republicans actually gained seats in the Senate during the midterms, and since Flake is headed out the door at the end of the year, McConnell can just delay the judiciary vote for a few weeks until the next class of senators arrives.
Moreover, there is simply no need for legislation protecting the special counsel.
Trump has never expressed plans to remove Mueller.
The president is obviously not a fan of the investigation, but he has never actually threatened to terminate the special counsel.
And while most conservatives are also against the investigation, they also realize such a move by Trump would probably cost him the 2020 presidential election.
Point being: Flake is pushing a narrative that is based on fantasy, but one that continues to be pushed by Democrats and anti-Trump Republicans.
This is clearly nothing more than grandstanding by Flake.
There have been more than a few rumors Flake may run against Trump in the 2020 primary.
In all likelihood, this is a politically motivated stance to make himself appear more likable to middle-of-the-road Democrats if he does, in fact, decide to run.
Until then, good riddance, Sen. Flake.
Trump and the rest of Washington will get along just fine without you.