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Senator Jeff Flake Makes An Allen Drury Moment

September 28, 2018

Arizona Senator Jeff Flake said he will vote to advance Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court with the understanding that the sexual assault accusation against him will be investigated by the FBI.

The plot of Advise and Consent by Allen Drury (it beat all records for duration (98 weeks) on the best-seller lists, won a Pulitzer Prize, and was well received critically )revolves around a showdown between the president of the United States and the senior senator from South Carolina.  They belong to opposing wings of the same party and disagree on most things, and specifically, in the plot of the book, the president’s nomination of a slick character for Secretary of State.

Drury is known to have created the novelization of Washington politics.  I started reading his books actually in middle school with The Throne Of Saturn.  What has always drawn me to his Washington series is that character matters to the plots he creates and the outcomes of the issues at play.

Today Flake proved be could have been a major player in a Drury book.   With the current high drama and deep divide  in our nation one voice was able, at least in the short term, to attempt to build a bridge.  Flake is attempting to prove that our great ponderous system of checks and balances and compromises can perhaps work today at this time when our nation so badly requires a fix.

That same tone and insight was what made the Advise and Consent series a treasure to me—books that I keep on a special shelf just over my shoulder from where I write these blog posts.

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