After two years of planning, Arizona Republican Rep. Jeff Flake spent a week on a remote, uninhabited island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. (Photo Credit: Rep. Jeff Flake)
WASHINGTON (CNN) - This past summer, Rep. Jeff Flake went into the wild.
After two years of planning, the Arizona Republican spent a week on a remote, uninhabited island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, eating coconuts and fish he caught with a spear, purifying his own water, sleeping in a hammock on the beach, and writing daily in his journal.
He listed a number of reasons for going on this trip, calling them "more physical than spiritual." And while he didn't end up talking to a volleyball, like Tom Hanks did in "Cast Away," he did find some unlikely friends - a few hermit crabs.
"I picked up a hermit crab, and, spotting the sharpie, wrote the number '1' on the back of his shell, and put a circle around it. I repeated this act whenever I felt a bit lonely," Flake wrote. Later, he added, "I've labeled 102 at this point with a sharpie marker. I just saw number one again today. He's remains one of my favorites, as is number 12, long since forgiven for pinching my toe."
This is no adventure, he should try surviving in our most liberal areas like Chicago, Detroit, or Newark.
How baout all the republicans take a hiatus and don't return to congress.
Are you sure he wasn't really in Argentina with his soulmate? Have a nice day!
Who cares!!! Does he have a Heathcare plan???
Can we have Pelosi join him? Permanently?
Certainly lives up to his name, as do other republicans.
Flake – says it all.
This is an adorable story. Thank you CNN. I wish the Congressman had had a cameraman, but that would have defeated the purpose.
We get it; she loves her father, just as Julie Nixon loved hers. But that does not give Liz the right to spread lies about President Obama. The vicious attacks on him are uncalled for, and quite frankly she looks like a spoiled brat. Liz's father was an animal and the first VP who sanctioned torture. He will go down in history as a war criminal in my mind, so all this talk of country and pride, and widows going to accept the Nobel Peace Prize is stupid. If she really cared about widows and soldiers, she wouldn't lie about her father's criminal war record, which was abominable to the military.
Go away Liz; your foul mouth won't work. Crawl back under a rock with your father.
This really exonerates Flake completely. We in Arizona have always thought that he was just a crabby obstructionist.
His constituency of 102 crabs is surely his most loyal supporters.
Defeat Flake for a more moderate Senator!
After a week, this guy was not only chock full of coconut, he was full of himself. Ouch, what an ego.
Besides being a right wing bible thumpin' closet neocon evangelical who wants to stop health care reform, now you know why we here in AZ really think he is a "Flake"....
"Flake" is right. Crikey. It's just a week dude...if you can't be alone for a week without ending up "lonely" and writing on hermit crabs, there's something wrong with you.
This is what we got with incumberents. Vote them out in 2010.
There is a good reason for Flake to be named Flake.
Honestly CNN, is this all there is worth reporting today?
As long as he is not caught in an extra-marital enterprise, we guess it will be an exhilarating experience.
That's what Mark Sanford should have done.
Maybe he did some soul-searching to figure out what the Republicans can do besides just saying no?
How can you tell if it’s an American who spent a week on your uninhabited island? Look at the hermit crabs.
Now some poor tourist is going to be scratching his or her head wondering how the numbers got on the hermit crabs..... :-))))
Living up to his name........
Well, at least he has a good last name when it comes to Republican Congressmen.
Did he come back? I hope not.
I thought Flake had already completed his mission which is required by the LDS.