January 31, 2018 GU Politics In The News

Senator Flake Voices Concerns About ‘Vanishing Middle’ in National Politics


by Madeline Charbonneau

This article first appeared in The Hoya. 

Senator Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) emphasized the importance of bipartisan cooperation and his concern for the “vanishing middle” in an event hosted by the Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service and moderated by GU Politics Director Mo Elleithee (SFS ’94) in Lohrfink Auditorium on Monday evening.

Describing himself as a traditional conservative, Flake explained his fear regarding the loss of moderate centrists in Congress because he believes that as the number of moderates declines, the power in the executive branch of the government increases.

“I am very concerned about the vanishing middle in politics,” Flake said. “You always had a time when there were a lot of conservative Democrats — more conservative than the most liberal Republicans — and now you just don’t have many cross over, and that is dangerous.”

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