Sinema Seems to Think Her Senate Seat is a Lot Safer Than it Probably is.
The Arizona Senator is up to her usual tired antics, and acting rather brave.
It’s no secret that Kyrsten Sinema isn’t the most popular Senator among progressive circles. Far from it. After killing the $15 minimum wage and not hesitating to make a big show out of doing so on the Senate floor, she has clearly embraced her role as an obstacle, willing to flex her power in the slim Democratic majority Senate to stand in the way of even the most bare minimum of progressive policies. Unfortunately, that hasn’t been the last of her performative showmanship, and I’m sure there will be lots more to come.
Sinema recently raised some eyebrows yet again on social media, posting a picture of herself drinking a sangria, looking off into the distance and flashing a ring with the message “f*ck off” directed right at the camera.
Even the most hardline loyal Democratic pundits on television weighed in, with MSNBC’s Joy Reid writing:
“What’s the message here, @SenatorSinema and who is it directed towards? Because the complaints you’re hearing are from people who presumed that you were at least progressive enough to support voting rights, infrastructure etc. Do you support those things or just the filibuster?”
There aren’t very many occasions where I find myself on the same page as Joy Reid, but this would certainly be one of them. The fact that people even need to ask who the message is being sent to makes the answer fairly clear. Once again, Sinema is thumbing her nose at the Democratic base, and evidently thinks it’s cute to do so.
For as long as I have been following politics, loyal liberal voters, pundits, and democratic politicians alike have argued that we have to protect the Democratic Party at all cost. I have already been getting comments on my writing telling me not to critique their actions or lack thereof, lest it contribute to costing them the House or the Senate and yes, even the 2024 election is already being brought up. It’s the oldest tried and true trick in the book to avoid any and all accountability. Well, evidently Sinema seems to think her seat is a lot safer than it probably is.
The thing is, I can kind of understand her rationale. Republican lawmakers fear their base, because they know their base will actually hold them accountable. Democrats, on the other hand, know all they have to rely on is “vote blue no matter who”, and they can get away with virtually anything. Why would they be afraid of a base that has been conditioned to vote for them anyways?
But Senator Sinema, being from a swing state, seems to have a lot of nerve.
Who does Sinema think she is appealing to with this type of behavior? Does she think right wingers find it cute? Does she think struggling Americans regardless of their political affiliation find it appealing? When voters overwhelmingly support upcoming legislation like the infrastructure bill and the voting rights bill, and this is Sinema’s attitude when she’s expected to help get it passed, does she think that this image is going to come across well? Are voters in Arizona supposed to be impressed? What has she done to make them feel represented?
As frustrated as I might be by Joe Manchin, there are few Democratic Senators who embody the aspects of the party that I have come to despise more than Kyrsten Sinema. Not only is she acting as an active barrier to progress just like Manchin, she’s deliberately rubbing it in the face of voters. What is her purpose? Who is she in the Senate to serve? Other than the D next to her name, why would any Democratic voter feel motivated to rally behind her? By protecting the filibuster she is clearly showing she has no interest in getting anything done. She is holding the Senate hostage, and essentially giving voters the middle finger while she does it.
Should she see a primary challenge from the left, I and I’m sure many others will make it a mission to see that she is unseated. Sinema has no business in politics, and I sincerely hope she will be a one term Senator.