Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) demonstrated why more than just progressives believe she needs to be primaried and booted out of politics for good on Monday when she joined Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in his home state of Kentucky to defend the filibuster.
A primary effort is underway in Arizona to oust Sinema, who ran for office and won by espousing progressive views. But in recent years her loyalty has shifted as lobbyists and the GOP fill her pockets with money to change her positions. That includes her stance on raising the minimum wage, childcare, abortion, infrastructure, voting rights, and a host of other issues for which the country needs solutions.
One of the best ways to get legislation passed is to end the filibuster which allows any Republican to block because it requires a 60-vote supermajority in the Senate to get anything done. In fact, Sinema is so obsessed with keeping the filibuster in place that she wants to reinstate it for judicial and executive nominees.
During an event at the University of Louisville, McConnell introduced Sinema as a guest speaker and she went on to tout the filibuster and kiss McConnell’s ring.
“Not only am I committed to the 60-vote threshold, I have an incredibly unpopular view,” Sinema said. I actually think we should restore the 60-vote threshold for the areas in which it has been eliminated already. We should restore it.”
“Not everyone likes that because it would make it harder for us to confirm judges and it would make it harder for us to confirm executive appointments in each administration, but I believe that if we did restore it, we would see more of that middle ground in all parts of our governance, which is what, I believe, our forefathers intended,” she continued.
Restoring the filibuster would effectively have allowed Republicans to block the entire legislative, executive, and judicial agenda of the Biden Administration and the Democratic Party. They would have blocked every executive branch nominee and Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson would not be on the Supreme Court because she only received 53 votes in favor of confirmation.
Sinema clearly wants to sabotage the Biden administration and Democrats. She’s also wrong about the intention of the founding fathers. If they had wanted the filibuster to exist, they would have written it into the Constitution. Instead, they governed via simple majority votes, including on executive and judicial nominees.
This latest defense of the filibuster is anti-American and is a betrayal of democratic values. It’s an endorsement of the tyranny of the minority and there is no point in pretending that Sinema is not a Republican. It’s time for the Democratic Party to treat her as such.
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