Appearing on ABC’s "This Week" on Sunday, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) had an interesting exchange with Jonathan Karl regarding the direction of the Republican Party:
KARL: What's Bannon's role in this Party now?
FLAKE: Well, I hope it's being marginalized. The last thing we need is to push that, you know, ultra-nationalist, ethno-nationalist, protectionist kind of element of the Party. That's not good for us.
KARL: So what's the risk if the Party continues in that direction, the Bannon direction, the Trump direction? Could you lose the Senate? Could you lose the House?
FLAKE: Most definitely. Most definitely. When you look at some of the audiences cheering for Republicans sometimes, you look out there and you say, those are the spasms of a dying Party. When you look at the lack of diversity sometimes — and it depends on where you are, obviously — but by-and-large, we're appealing to older white men, and there are just a limited number of them, and anger and resentment are not a governing philosophy.
So, you have to actually govern and do something, and sooner or later the voters will figure out — I think they are and have — that, you know, we've got to have something else.