first_imgHe is a classic opportunist. Bannon is no kingmaker.And yet, the allure of a hostile Bannon-takeover of the Republican Party is irresistible to the media because it is what they want to happen.And in politics, bad get worse.In two or three days, headlines will read that Flake’s departure signifies the death of the Republican Party – at the hands of Bannon.All the more reason real Republicans need to stay and fight.Ed Rogers is a contributor to the Washington Post’s PostPartisan blog, a political consultant and a veteran of the Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush White Houses.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Not exactly heroic.Leaders such as Flake need to stay and fight the good fightThe Republican Party needs more principled conservatives walking the halls of Congress, not fewer.Flake stood for something, and he should continue doing exactly that.Surrendering to a potential defeat in 2018 is not the example that he should set.In this political environment, quitting is the definition of being selfish.And while we are at it, I see the people who criticize those serving in the Trump administration as being enablers of the president. Categories: Editorial, OpinionWhatever the Republican Party’s problem is, the solution isn’t for Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., to quit the Senate or Roy Moore and Kelli Ward to become Republican Senate nominees.The fact is, Flake is a good man and is part of the solution in Washington — not part of the problem.A lot of what he said on the Senate floor Tuesday is the undeniable truth.But instead of staying in the fight, he just sounded the alarm and now is now heading for the door. But the liberal media will treat Flake like a hero — and this is only the beginning of the retirement season.Let’s remember, the mainstream media wants nothing less than to see the destruction of the Republican Party.Oh and by the way, the anti-Republican media will celebrate Flake’s retirement as a triumph for Stephen K. Bannon.But Bannon seems just to be following Lee Atwater’s first rule of politics: be for what is going to happen.Bannon didn’t create or launch the candidacy of Moore any more than he did that of Donald Trump.And he didn’t create or launch the candidacy of Ward in Arizona.He is just following the polls and supporting whoever looks like a winner. After all, Trump needs minding.I think a lot of people serving in this administration are guardians of the galaxy.Thank God they are there.If the rational, level-headed thinkers are discouraged and quit, the void will be filled by less competent, less committed individuals who will only encourage the president’s worst instincts.Flake is wrong; in Congress, the choices aren’t to either be complicit or quit.There is the option of staying, being intellectually honest and trusting the voters that you have always said you trusted.I hope Flake’s shortsighted choice of quitting doesn’t have a snowballing effect within the Republican Party.last_img read more

first_imgVida at North Lakes will feature an exclusive residents-only park, BBQ pavilion and swimming pool, all set within a private, gated enclave.Buyers have snapped up more than 20 per cent of the luxury townhouses at Vida, North Lakes, in less than a month, with a low maintenance lifestyle and location being drawcards to the area.The architect-designed collection offers exclusive living next door to Lake Eden.Vida will feature an exclusive residents-only park, BBQ pavilion and swimming pool, all set within a private, gated enclave. A range of two, three and four-bedroom townhomes are available, with prices currently starting at $419,000. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus1 day agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market1 day agoVida at North Lakes will feature an exclusive residents-only park, BBQ pavilion and swimming pool, all set within a private, gated enclave.Stockland turned the first sod on Vida in early October, marking the official start of construction of the 96-townhome project. Stockland regional manager David Laner said: “We are seeing strong interest from a range of buyers with downsizers particularly attracted to Vida’s location, great range of facilities and low-maintenance lifestyle.“As a mature community, North Lakes has everything you need right on the doorstep, including shopping, entertainment, health and public transport services,” he said.“It is also a perfect choice for anyone looking for a private and secure location with easy access to the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane airport and beyond.”The Vida townhomes have been designed by award-winning Queensland architects Hollindale Mainwaring to offer contemporary urban living in a subtropical setting.Exteriors are influenced by urban habitat with stylish brickwork contrasted with angular metal cladding. Courtyards and balconies provide a range of private entertaining and alfresco dining options and maximise air flow.Interiors feature open-plan layouts with internal light-wells, high quality fixtures and finishes and clever storage solutions.Mr Laner said the initial strong interest in Vida was testament to the project’s design, pricing and location in northern Brisbane’s lifestyle capital, North Lakes.last_img read more