Erickson said his blog has taken an editorial position to support Flake and that he would be urging his list of over 100,000 friends and members to take action on the matter. “They should call their Republican congressman, or more appropriately call members of the Republican Steering committee,” he said.
The editors of the Wall Street Journal wrote on January 8 that it was unlikely Flake would be appointed, but that his candidacy represented an important test for House Leadership. “Mr. Flake could be counted on to police the worst excesses and be the taxpayer's advocate on one of Congress's most powerful committees,” the editors wrote. “This is why he's a long shot to get the job. But if he doesn't get it, we'll know House Republicans still haven't changed their ways from the Tom DeLay-Bridge to Nowhere era.
Dani Doane, director of U.S. House relations for the Heritage Foundation, was equally pessimistic. “Every turn they say they need to re-brand to take over and every decision they make seems to lead them right back to where they were,” she said.