January 13, 2022

"Sinema reiterates opposition to eliminating filibuster, probably dooming Democrats’ voting rights push."

WaPo reports.

And:
[T]he circumstances in which she reiterated it — as Senate Democratic leaders prepared to launch a decisive floor debate and less than an hour before President Biden was scheduled to arrive on Capitol Hill to deliver a final, forceful appeal for action — put an exclamation point on her party’s long and fruitless effort to counter restrictive Republican-passed state voting laws.

We're told that she wore "purple, a symbol of Washington bipartisanship." There's always interest in what this Senator is wearing. So here — you can look at her as she stands in the breach:

70 comments:

cubanbob said...

She isn't stupid. This is an election year. She knows her stand is popular in AZ and she is running cover for vulnerable Senate Democrats running for reelection. She saw what harry Reid unleashed and understands perfectly well that sooner or later the Republicans will win back the trifecta and with that the risk of Republicans not just junking the voting bill but junking a lot more of the Democrats edifices. She is taking one for the team but if things gone like they are now, after this years elections she will be thanked profoundly albeit quietly by the Senate Democrats.

If the voting bill had any Republicans buying into it the Democrats wouldn't need to change the rules.

Joe Smith said...

'We're told that she wore "purple, a symbol of Washington bipartisanship.'

I thought that was the Artist Formerly Known as Prince...

Achilles said...

I think Sinema may be honest and have some actual principles.

I know there are at least a dozen republicans, possibly all of them now that Cruz showed his true colors, that are itching to get HR1 passed but they have to keep up the charade.

But the GOP knows they can count on hundreds of unknown governors and AG's and other apparatchiks to keep the voter fraud going and the Regime in power.

I also openly question whether or not a lot of Republicans are being honestly elected in these states.

Dave Begley said...

Brave woman. Hope the libs don't chase her into a restroom again. Or worse.

Maynard said...

I encourage my fellow Arizonans to write Senator Sinema to applaud her courage and independence. I have done so three times in the past year while explicitly identifying myself as a long time registered Independent.

Letters of encouragement will pass the message that the Far Left will not get their way in Arizona.

If the Republicans nominate their usual RINO to run against her in 2024, I will vote for Kyrsten.

Jersey Fled said...

How can I vote for her? I mean, I don't reside in Arizona and all but ...

Joe Smith said...

'How can I vote for her? I mean, I don't reside in Arizona and all but ...'

Millions of people who aren't even alive and/or never existed voted for Joe, so I'm sure there's a way...

Big Mike said...

@cubanbob, there is a senatorial election in Arizona scheduled for November, however Sinema isn't in it. The Democrat who will face the voters this fall is Mark Kelly, husband of Gabby Giffords, puppet for Chuck Schumer, and hardcore gun-grabber (who nevertheless has not spoken up about Alec Baldwin's gun mishandling).

Fun fact. Besides their party affiliation Kelly and Sinema have another thing in common. Both defeated the feckless Martha McSally.

Big Mike said...

I asked this on another thread and I will ask again here. Does anyone have a link to a transcript of her speech?

Wilbur said...

From Huff PO:
Martin Luther King III blasted Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) after her Thursday speech announcing that she wouldn’t support changes to Senate rules to pass Democrats’ major voting rights bills, accusing the Arizona lawmaker of “siding with the legacy” of prominent segregationists and white supremacists over that of his father, the late civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

“History will remember Sen. Sinema unkindly,” King III said in a statement shortly after Sinema’s speech on the Senate floor ended. “While Sen. Sinema remains stubborn in her ‘optimism,’ Black and Brown Americans are losing their right to vote.

“She’s siding with the legacy of Bull Connor and George Wallace instead of the legacy of my father and all those who fought to make real our democracy,” King added.
______________________________________________________________________

Wilbur is still waiting for the identity of a single qualified voter who is losing their right to vote.

tim in vermont said...

Caesar wore purple as he descended the hill to take the surrender of Vercingetorix.

Jersey Fled said...

"Martin Luther King III blasted Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) after her Thursday speech announcing that she wouldn’t support changes to Senate rules to pass Democrats’ major voting rights bills"

And who exactly cares.

wendybar said...

She has bigger balls than a lot of the Republican men do. She is doing the right thing.

Wilbur said...

Before you canonize Sister Simena, please realize she fully supports and would vote for these Voter Fraud Enshrinement bills.

wendybar said...

Big Mike...Here you go...https://ktar.com/story/4842164/heres-the-full-text-of-sen-kyrsten-sinemas-speech-on-voting-rights-filibuster/

mezzrow said...

Forza la viola!

Joe Smith said...

'Martin Luther King III blasted Sen. Kyrsten Sinema...'

The King family are some of the biggest grifters in American history, so there's that.

Yancey Ward said...

Cubanbob's point still holds even though Sinema isn't up for re-election until 2024. She will be running in a presidential election year in a state that is still fairly red- a hard row to hoe for Democrat. Additionally, I think she has higher ambitions, and understands rightly that being a hard core leftist isn't going to be a way to distinguish herself from other ambitious Dems.

TheOne Who Is Not Obeyed said...

Gabbard-Synema 2024!

Just kidding. Dems would never nominate two apostates, even though they checkmark all manner of intersectional boxes.

Mr Wibble said...

Gabbard-Synema 2024!

Just kidding. Dems would never nominate two apostates, even though they checkmark all manner of intersectional boxes.


Gabbard/Sinema in '69!
A campaign we all want to see!

Sebastian said...

"put an exclamation point on her party’s long and fruitless effort"

I guess that's one way to put it. I can think of other metaphors.

Kai Akker said...

That gal is not keeping up on her triathlon schedule. But I love her "votes," if you kwim.

Michael K said...

Martin Luther King III blasted Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) after her Thursday speech announcing that she wouldn’t support changes to Senate rules to pass Democrats’ major voting rights bills, accusing the Arizona lawmaker of “siding with the legacy” of prominent segregationists and white supremacists over that of his father, the late civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

Gee, Joe Biden was a prominent segregationist. He bragged that Delaware was confederate and embraced Grand Kleagal Robert Byrd and Governor Wallace. Maybe King has got his sides mixed up.

Rabel said...

Count the vote!
Count The Vote!!
COUNT THE VOTE!!!

He's about to pop.

Clyde said...

No Means No!

Michael K said...

I think she has higher ambitions, and understands rightly that being a hard core leftist isn't going to be a way to distinguish herself from other ambitious Dems.

I agree. She ran a pretty good campaign against Martha McSally's abysmal campaign. I was a supporter of Martha's and maxed out a donation to her campaign. I was bitterly disappointed but maybe I'll support Sinema if she keeps this up.

BillieBob Thorton said...

Sinema and Manchin are not moderates but they do know the voters in their respective states and they both like the good life in DC and all the perks of holding office.

Drago said...

Sinema is helping provide cover to Mark Kelly since he's the incumbent up for reelection in 2022.

Leland said...

In court, Democrats are fighting for a vaccine mandate as a hurdle for ordinary citizens keeping their jobs, but then they come to the media and claim that voting with a photo ID is an obsessive burden.

Drago said...

Biden's Earpiece says the quiet part out loud...VERY out loud (he was dementia-yelling again):

"Who counts the vote? That's what this is about, that's what makes this so different from anything else we've ever done"

--Stalinist Quote Machine-Biden's Earpiece, Jan 13, 2022

rehajm said...

Quite the maverick that Sinema is. Quite the maverick…

Iman said...

“…her party’s long and fruitless effort to counter restrictive Republican-passed state voting laws.“

restrictive= photo ID, no vote harvesting, voting in person unless disabled, no same day registration, no automatic registration, must be a citizen to vote, etc. These clowns 🤡 want to make it easier to cheat and commit voter fraud… only way they have any chance of winning an election.

Wilbur said...

The Leftists would love nothing better than to find some wisened, elderly black voter who can no longer vote because of the new voting laws passed in 21 states. They would plaster that name and face all over this country, as every media outlet would make this person more famous than George Floyd.

You haven't seen that person because he or she doesn't exist. And they know it.

Iman said...

Biden will blow an “O-ring” before year’s end.

Misinforminimalism said...

ISWYDT

Lewis Wetzel said...

Biden:
“To protect our democracy, I support changing the Senate rules, whichever way they need to be changed, to prevent a minority of senators from blocking action on voting rights.”
There are 50 Democrat and 50 Republican senators. If Republicans are a minority in the senate, so are the Democrats.
Harris is allowed to cast a tie-breaking vote. She is not a senator, the senate is not split 50-51.

Lurker21 said...

The style thing: she doesn't seem like the kookie cutie she's been presented as. More serious.

The substance thing: she's serious and she's right. Good for her. But the style thing is more fun to talk about.

Big Mike said...

@wendybar, much obliged.

Breezy said...

She doesn’t seem consistent to me. She’s for keeping the 60 vote threshold in the senate, which is wise, but doesn’t mind adding ballot harvesting, same day registration, and no voter ID in elections. Should the US Senate allow people who are not US Senators to vote in their so-called deliberative body?

This Person said...

There's always interest in what this Senator is wearing.

Barf. Talk about shallow. But the plebes are easily entertained.

This Person said...

There is no evidence of "wide spread" voter suppression. Isn't that the standard?

cubanbob said...

Big Mike said...
@cubanbob, there is a senatorial election in Arizona scheduled for November, however Sinema isn't in it. The Democrat who will face the voters this fall is Mark Kelly, husband of Gabby Giffords, puppet for Chuck Schumer, and hardcore gun-grabber (who nevertheless has not spoken up about Alec Baldwin's gun mishandling).

Fun fact. Besides their party affiliation Kelly and Sinema have another thing in common. Both defeated the feckless Martha McSally.'

I know she is not up for reelection this year, I believe she is for reelection in 2024. I even agree she is giving cover to Kelly. I believe she believes if she votes to bust the filibuster that will kill her reelection possibility. I also like Michael K gave money to McSally even though I live in FL. How is the real Republican and not the RINO in the primary for the AZ election for senate in the fall?

Ceciliahere said...

It looks like the actions of the crazy woke mob following Sinema into the ladies room, onto an airplane, etc. backfired. Glad that these bullies could not intimidate Sinema into voting with the traitorous group of democratic senators who would change every law if it wold help them keep their hold on power. What a disgusting group of people these democrats are led by low I.Q. Biden, Harris, Pelosi and all the rest of the corrupt democrats.

wildswan said...

Just before President* Joe Biden came over to the Capitol in a mighty cavalcade to push forward his socialist agenda with all his prestige, Senator Sinema gave a tiny little speech sinking the whole enterprise like a little torpedo boat sinking an aircraft carrier. The moral of this story is that you don't win votes by disrupting weddings and chasing Senators into bathroom stalls as was done by leftys to the Senator. But you do invite retaliation.

Maynard said...

Sinema is helping provide cover to Mark Kelly since he's the incumbent up for reelection in 2022.

Kelly is scared. He has been running ads for several months now, extolling how he is working with Republicans for the good of the nation.

He really thinks his voters are stupid ... or dead.

I agree with others who believe that Sinema is looking for higher office. I doubt if she is truly moderate, but she is not a loon.

cubanbob said...

The republicans should they win control of both houses of congress should pass their own Right To Honest Elections bill which would include valid ID and vote fraud preventive measures and use the guarantee clause as a basis to do so at the federal level. Biden of course won't sign it but every democrat and RINO will have to make a public stand on it and that will clarify a lot for the voters in 2024 and just for president.

Virgil Hilts said...

For the record, here is what I wrote/predicted at this blog on October 20, 2018 -

I've met KS a few times (she would not know my name) and followed her career for last 5-10 years. While she's probably a progressive at heart, she has spent her entire time in elected office (state and federal) trying to work with republicans, be bipartisan and get things done, and she gets attacked by bat-shit-crazy progressives in AZ all the time. As I've said re Flake, if all of our Congressmen and Senators legislated like KS we would be in a much better place. I think she's going to lose in close one (but depends on turn out) and 538 has exaggerated her chances to win for weeks. If she wins she will probably be one of the best (least worst) Democratic Senators in Congress. One caveat, I think she has always belonged to the minority party when in office.

Virgil Hilts said...

As I also wrote on the same day in 2018 (I still think it helps to understand KS' peculiar situation)
- Another point for those of you not fortunate to live in AZ. We are blessed to have had only one Dem Senator in last 50 years - Dennis Deconcini who was too liberal and replaced by the great Jon Kyl (who if our system worked should have become POTUS). Don't forget - McSally and KM are fighting to take over Flake's seat. Flake got too liberal and was going to lose the primary. If the winner of these two becomes too liberal she will be one and done.

Virgil Hilts said...

I have been waiting for Kelly to make a brave dash to the center here in our great State. He has guts (of that I have no doubt), but may be strategizing not to make the move until it is too late for the crazy batshit AZ progressives to run someone in the primary (personally I think he has waited too long and made hinself look weak and unmanly allowing KS to take all the heat). If he doesn't move to the center soon, he could lose. I like Blake Masters, but he might be too conservative for Arizona if Kelly can actually run as a moderate.

Phil 314 said...

Meanwhile brave Senator Mark Kelly, a combat fighter pilot and astronaut, sits on his hands and says nothing. I didn't vote for him in 2020 but also found McSally a poor campaigner. Kelly is an empty jumpsuit and needs to go

Gretchen said...

Have the Democrats cited one instance where someone was denied a right to vote?

Joe Smith said...

'That gal is not keeping up on her triathlon schedule. But I love her "votes," if you kwim.'

I'm guessing the Senate has a pretty spectacular buffet...

farmgirl said...

She is very brave. Her voice is full of emotion- it’s too bad she’s so Libersl otherwise- esp In her abortion views.

exhelodrvr1 said...

"I'm guessing the Senate has a pretty spectacular buffet..."

It's real, and it's spectacular!

exhelodrvr1 said...

Iman,
"Biden will blow an “O-ring” before year’s end."

It worked for Kamala!

Michael K said...

"Who counts the vote? That's what this is about, that's what makes this so different from anything else we've ever done"

That's how the steal was worked and they used blacks in five black cities so Republicans would be too chicken to challenge them.

Lem said...

“That which touches all requires everyone’s agreement.”

Most of the time, with some exceptions, unanimous agreement is nearly impossible, for a variety of reasons.

The narrative is that the filibuster is an impediment to pass good legislation. But it begs the question, if it's so good why can't it get 60 votes?

The way I see it, the filibuster is a way of encouraging a higher threshold of agreement, because some things merit that higher threshold.

Assistant Village Idiot said...

"Voting rights." No bias there.

Can Of Cheese for Hunter said...

It's amazing we don't' have voting right.s

of course to the left- voting rights = as much cheat to win as the left can muster.

Gabriel said...

Sinema and Manchin, as well as every other D, as well Mitt Romney and Mitch McConnell and 7 other Republicans, all voted to "nuke the filibuster" on December 9th so that the Dems could raise the debt ceiling with a simple majority.

All of these people and the media are pretending this didn't happen four weeks ago and that the public is stupid enough to accept the narrative, and they seem to be correct.

All these fiery speeches you're reading in the news are out-and-out lies.

effinayright said...

Gabriel said...
Sinema and Manchin, as well as every other D, as well Mitt Romney and Mitch McConnell and 7 other Republicans, all voted to "nuke the filibuster" on December 9th so that the Dems could raise the debt ceiling with a simple majority.

All of these people and the media are pretending this didn't happen four weeks ago and that the public is stupid enough to accept the narrative, and they seem to be correct.

All these fiery speeches you're reading in the news are out-and-out lies.
*************

No. Those GOP senators voted to avoid a filibuster on a particular issue, not to abolish it for good. It was the usual Senate sausage-making.

https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/585192-senate-passes-bill-to-avoid-filibuster-on-debt-ceiling-hike

The vote was 59 to 35.

Zev said...

I'm am ever more impressed with her, and I wasn't a fan when she was elected.

Bunkypotatohead said...

There's a whole book about the color purple, and it has nothing to do with Washington bipartisanship.
It's about women being fucked over by black men.

mikee said...

Sinema does all this.... So far. She can stop being a Maverick at any time and be welcomed back into the fold of Democrat ideologues, probably with rewards for the prodigal daughter act she's now playing with her party.

I, for one, recall the Missouri Compromise in which Senator McCaskill decided to vote for Obamacare only after an explicit bribe of about a billion dollars for her state, and the Cornhusker Kickback, in which Nebraska got the same or better. Nothing's done until the dementia patient is told that it is over.

ndspinelli said...

Sinema is the most fuckable US Senator ever.

ndspinelli said...

And, she is a switch hitter so everyone gets a chance.

MikeR said...

NASA and Voting Rights: https://spacenews.com/nasa-leasing-bill-transformed-into-voting-rights-legislation/
'Beyer said he accepted. “Though I did not expect this outcome when I first introduced the NASA Enhanced Use Leasing Extension Act, if my legislation will help overcome the filibuster, the Senate can finally have the long-overdue debate on voting rights this country deserves,” he said in a Jan. 13 statement. “I would be honored to make this unexpected contribution to the cause of protecting our democracy.”'

Gabriel said...

@effinayright:Those GOP senators voted to avoid a filibuster on a particular issue...

They can do that any time. In what sense is the filibuster NOT nuked, if it can be set aside at any time for any issue?

That's like saying "I'm not a smoker, I just have cigarettes when I want."

And they've already done the end run around as Mike R points out.

NMObjectivist said...

Democrats calling this a “voters right act” is excellent PR. Who can be against voter rights? But it ought to be called the “voter fraud act.” It outlaws requiring voter IDs, encourages drop boxes and vote harvesting and other activities advantageous to activist Democrats. Good for Sinema.

Left Bank of the Charles said...

My question is, did she get a promise from Republicans not to junk the filibuster if they come back in? If she did, who made that promise and do they have the ability to keep it?