The Senate was to be the chamber of great and civil debate. The Senators were not elected directly by the people but instead by the state legislators. The House was to be the people’s house and was always expected to be a much more narcissistic chamber. The people now elect Senators directly and the senate is now as narcissistic as is the house. Current example of a senator acting like a spoiled child who can not get his way is Flakey Flake.
The leadership said no to a vote that Flake wanted that would protect the Mueller investigation, an investigation over which the Congress has no constitutional power because it is an investigation under the power of the executive branch. This of course is not important to people like Flake who have no regard for the Constitution and is a major reason why the Separation of Powers principle is being eviscerated.
The Senate has been given the Constitutional power of advice and consent as one of the checks and balances on both the executive branch and the judicial branch. Flake has determined that because his unconstitutional request of voting on a bill that has no meaning according to the Constitution is not going to be held, he will block the process of advice and consent on judicial nominees put forth by the executive, a direct power of the Senate that is a power and duty of the Senate according to the Constitution.
This type of childish behavior by politicians has become the norm as opposed to the exception and is a predominant reason that the executive and judicial branches of government have usurped so many of the constitutionally mandated powers of the legislative branch. It is evident that so many of our politicians today do not understand the role to which they were elected. They instead belief it is their role to grandstand and spend time and energy on meaningless functions while avoiding doing the real work of their branch as outlined in the Constitution.
Flake has been a flake during his time in the Senate. He has mimicked the other but now deceased lying and flakey Senator from Arizona, John McCain. They both refer and referred to themselves as principled conservatives. Flake, like McCain, has once again proven that neither he nor McCain were either principled or conservative. Flake, like McCain, will not be missed in the Senate by anybody who is a real principled conservative.