Many of us were surprised to wake up this morning and learn that Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) had transitioned, and her new pronouns are (I-AZ). Sinema has quit the Democrat Party, she’s now apparently an “Independent,” but she’s going to caucus with the Democrats, so it doesn’t really change anything. So, she’s probably running for president in 2024 but doesn’t want to make that announcement yet. She’ll just enjoy the limelight for a few days, because Sinema has always been an attention hog.
This changes absolutely nothing in terms of the Senate makeup. Instead of a 51-49 Democrat Senate majority, it will mean that even if Sinema “crosses the aisle” and votes with Republicans occasionally to garner personal headlines, we’ll still be stuck with a 50-50 Senate with Kamala Harris casting the tiebreaker.
Sinema made the announcement via an op-ed in the Arizona Republic newspaper on Friday morning, and also on a Twitter thread. That latter point is interesting in that it puts the lie to what the left has said about Twitter for years. They’ve claimed that it’s perfectly fine for Twitter to censor American voices, because it’s a private company and they can do what they want. Others argue that Twitter is a major part of the public square. If Twitter is the chosen venue for a United States Senator to announce that they’re switching parties – an event that is extremely rare in American politics – then that kind of makes Twitter a public square, doesn’t it?
One thing that Sinema is honest about in her abandoning the Democrat Party is that the voters in both parties are sick and tired of the DNC and the RNC. The DNC has rigged the primaries against socialist Bernie Sanders in the past two presidential election cycles – once for Hillary Clinton and once for Joe Biden. Democrat voters know this. And the RNC is more focused on fundraising than on winning elections, which is supposed to be its reason for existence.
The Conservative Treehouse has made some interesting points on this: Both the RNC and DNC are corporations, and their main obligation is to their shareholders, not to the voters of either party. Both have lost their way to a large extent and no longer represent the will of the people. That’s why we elected Donald Trump in 2016, and why Sinema probably sees a Trump-like path to the White House with this move. I think she’s wrong on this, because Democrat voters appear to be perfectly fine with election cheating so long as it moves the needle in their favor. Even if some Republicans are duped into voting for her, she’s likely to face extreme spitefulness from Democrat voters now.
Sinema told Politico that despite leaving the Democrat Party, “Nothing will change about my values or my behavior.” At least she’s being honest about that.
Anyone with high hopes of Sinema turning into a lightweight RINO is going to be depressed. She is fully on board with global warming and abortion up until the third month after birth or whatever timeframe Democrats are supporting abortion on these days. She is not and will not be transformed into a conservative, and if you think she is, brace yourself for a lifetime of bitterness and disappointment.
Kyrsten Sinema’s main priority is Kyrsten Sinema, and it always will be. Credit where credit’s due, she did occasionally do some good things during Joe Biden’s first two stolen years in office. The filibuster is still in place in the Senate, which protects the rights of the minority party. She also blocked a couple of Joe Biden’s major spending boondoggles.
But let’s not forget that Sinema is the one working directly with the self-loathing slow-bus Republican Senator Thom Tillis from North Carolina on an amnesty bill for millions of illegal aliens. Nothing good for Americans can come from amnesty. It will only benefit the illegal aliens, the Democrat Party who needs fresh new voters because their ideas are stale and dead and not supported by a majority of Americans, and country-club “Republicans” who want cheap maids and landscapers.
It’s interesting that the self-serving Kyrsten Sinema has sort-of switched parties from Democrat to Independent. But don’t get all excited thinking this is going to be good news for Republicans.