PHOENIX, AZ – In a move that can ostensibly be construed as a new low for a political party, the Arizona Democratic Party voted to formally censure Democrat Senator Kyrsten Sinema for her having the wherewithal and foresight of eventual consequences to protect the filibuster earlier in January.
On January 22nd, the Arizona Democratic Party voted in favor of censuring Senator Sinema for what they described “as a result of her failure to do whatever it takes to ensure the health of our democracy.”
That “failure” what clearly defined in Arizona Democratic Party Chair Raquel Terán’s statement delivered on the matter, where the first thing she’d mentioned was “the filibuster” – which Democrats were fervently trying to dismantle in an effort to squeak by any and all legislation by a simple majority in the Senate.
“I want to be clear, the Arizona Democratic Party is a diverse coalition with plenty of room for policy disagreements, however on the matter of the filibuster and the urgency to protect voting rights, we have been crystal clear. In the choice between an archaic legislative norm and protecting Arizonan’s right to vote, we choose the latter, and we always will.”
— Arizona Democratic Party (@azdemparty) January 22, 2022
In short, the Arizona Democratic Party decided that they’d censure a sitting U.S. Senator from within their own party for having the common sense to protect the filibuster – a standing within the Senate that has existed for hundreds of years that helps prevent tyranny being imposed upon a minority by a simple majority.
Furthermore, Senator Sinema’s actions could’ve very well behooved her own party – despite them being angered in the interim. If Senator Sinema had hypothetically green-lit the deconstruction of the filibuster, then Democrats could undoubtedly joyride for the better part of 10 months.
But then there’s the midterms coming this very year as well – and history has shown that no matter which political party holds the White House, the party in power will typically have a rough midterm. And as it stands, the Senate is a 50-50 split, meaning Republicans will likely take control of the Senate in the midterms.
In plain English, that would mean the Democrats could go crazy in the Senate via simple majorities for less than a year – and Republicans would have unmitigated access to the driver’s seat for two years.
While Arizona Democratic Party Chair Raquel Terán claims the current iteration of legislative practices are “archaic,” wait until she sees the constant rinse-and-repeat of political parties in power undoing the prior party’s efforts and instilling their own agenda – over and over in perpetuity. Because that is what dismantling the filibuster would do.
And the Arizona Democratic Party really showed their true colors in just how imbecilic they are as a collective in that they censured one of their smarter individuals, Senator Sinema, for her ability to see the writing on the wall and understand the calamity of dismantling the filibuster.
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