Krysten Sinema (Clown-AZ) has issued letters patent declaring that she will no longer sully herself with the grimy trappings of partisanship and is therefore a no-labels “independent”. Apparently she will still caucus with the Democrats, so we’ll have a 51 seat majority, but I guess we just have to imagine the most annoying and dilatory actions a senator can take to predict her actions for the remaining two years of her reign.
My mother would use the term “snake in the grass” to describe shitty backstabbers, and I think that term, among others, is richly deserved for this absurd person. I would counsel my fellow Democrats to not be fooled by reports that she will just drop out. This woman is about as high on her own supply as humanly possible, and I’m pretty sure she thinks she’ll pull some kind of Murkowski-like* move by avoiding a primary challenge and sailing to victory in the general as her vassals dutifully endorse her “independence.” Never mind that Lisa Murkowski, for all her failings, puts in the work.
Of course, she’s not a Murkowski, she’s a Lieberman — but even that toad had the guts to actually campaign in person. Sinema won’t even appear in front of an audience in her home state. Lieberman also got endorsements from Democrats in the Senate (who’s going to endorse her — she’s apparently widely disliked) and from other Republicans in his state (again, not gonna happen). She’s a pure poison pill spoiler in 2024, and she’ll love being that person due to whatever fucked up brain chemistry runs the show in her crazy cabeza.
Sinema’s actions make a seat that was never a gimme an even harder reach for a party that already has an extremely constrained path to holding the Senate in 2024. What do people like Rueben Gallego and other high-quality challengers tell potential donors about their Senate runs? How does the Arizona Democratic Party spend the next two years organizing for 2024 with the specter of this Bozo looming over the horizon?
Predictions are hard, especially about the future, but I’ll note that none of our great politics knowers predicted or had early knowledge of Sinema’s move. It’s a surprise, because her office apparently doesn’t leak. That’s predictable, because anyone working for Sinema at this moment in time is radioactive and unhireable by any other Senate office. They had better be loyal to their Queen or the head’s coming off. So don’t believe any political journalist who tells you that she just did this to save face when she drops out. I would bet money at this point that she will run as an independent.
I could go on and on about this feckless clown, but instead I’ll give Arizona Democrats a suggestion: ask for your money back. If you donated to Sinema’s campaign, go on social media and say that you donated to a Democrat who didn’t hold up her end of the bargain. Throw in some examples, like her fealty to the filibuster over her loyalty to reproductive rights. Democrats in Arizona should start a campaign against her now, to drive her negatives to the bottom of the god damned ocean. Her campaign as an “independent” will end only when her corporate backers get the message that giving her money is throwing it away.
* I’m referring to Murkowski’s write-in victory in 2010 – not the same thing, exactly, I know, but you get the picture.