Not Much Room for Decency and Calm

Jeff Flake, Val Venis, and enlightenment at the downtown Phoenix Carl’s Jr.

Dave Eggers
16 min readSep 8, 2017

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The day following Trump’s rally, I talked to Senator Jeff Flake on the phone. I was still in Phoenix, and he was elsewhere in Arizona, and we were talking about decency in American life and American politics when he brought up the shooting of Congressman Steve Scalise. “I worry…

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Dave Eggers

Writer. Founder of McSweeney’s and co-founder of 826 National.