(National Sentinel) Torpedo: Last year retiring Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, published a book, “Conscience of a Conservative: A Rejection of Destructive Politics and a Return to Principle,” in which he purported to support POTUS Donald Trump because he wanted him to succeed.

Within months, however, there was Flake the “conservative,” writing in far-Left Politico that the GOP was “in denial about Donald Trump,” a piece which disparaged the president and left the impression with readers, in no uncertain terms, that the Arizona Republican (like his counterpart the late Sen. John McCain) would not be counted among POTUS’ allies in the Senate.

“We created him, and now we’re rationalizing him. When will it stop?” he wrote.

Shortly after that, we would learn that Flake, putting his finger in the political winds, discovered there was no way his #NeverTrump attitude was going to carry him to reelection victory this year, so he decided to ‘retire’ instead of face what many believe would have been certain defeat in a GOP primary.

But obviously, he’s not going to go quietly into the night.

On Friday, Flake joined every other Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee in voting to confirm Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, though his vote did not come without a caveat.

Flake would agree to approve Kavanaugh’s nomination, but not without insisting that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., hold off on a full vote on Kavanaugh for a week — while the FBI conducted an ‘investigation’ into various allegations of unsubstantiated, uncorroborated sexual assault against the nominee.

Meanwhile, that would mean Kavanaugh would not be seated on the high court in time for the next SCOTUS session to begin Oct. 1.

Never mind that the judge has been vetted a half-dozen times by the FBI over the years, including during his time in the Bush White House. Never mind that Republicans spent Thursday’s committee hearings dispelling the notion that an FBI investigation is even warranted or appropriate since the bureau doesn’t determine guilt or innocence.

Never mind that waiting a full week gives Democrats more opportunity to muck up his nomination by trying and convicting him in the fully compliant “mainstream” media.

Flake, the retiring “conservative,” will not be denied his one last opportunity to be relevant — even if it means tanking the confirmation of one of the most qualified nominees for the high court in decades.

Like the late Sen. McCain who tanked even a “skinny repeal” of Obamacare just to spite POTUS Trump, Flake the #NeverTrump RINO may now be tanking the confirmation of a qualified jurist who has spent his entire professional life angling for a Supreme Court seat just to spite POTUS.

The problem with that kind of thinking is the country gets screwed in the process.

The president has said he supports an FBI probe, but what else is he going to say? POTUS knows he can’t exert too much pressure — on Flake or a couple of other RINOs in the Senate who are also supportive of a new investigation. And it could be all of this is just political theater to make the process look “fair.”

But the reality is, the Democrats are playing for keeps and it’s become obvious they are willing to do anything, including destroying the lives of both accuser and the accused, in their naked pursuit of power. They have demonstrated they are willing to burn down our system of government to achieve their objectives.

So the longer the delay in Kavanaugh’s confirmation, the more likely it becomes he will never see the inside of the Supreme Court as a justice.

And we’ll have Flake to thank for that.

Spite is not governance. Spite is not leadership. Spite is not conservatism. And spite will not make America great again.

will, at least, help preserve our system of government. And that is more important at this stage of our history.

Perhaps the outgoing senator from Arizona can do something his late colleague couldn't and wouldn't do: Put aside his personal animus for the president and do what's right for the country.

And the sooner, the better.

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