you have to watch it with sound on for the full enraging effect
— flglmn (@flglmn) December 9, 2022
Alexandra Petri, in the Washington Post, remains a national treasure: “Bad news! Nothing about Kyrsten Sinema will change”:
… Anyone concerned that this new swerve toward independence would make her any less the human version of an eviction notice written in glitter gel pen can relax. Sinema will continue to serve up exactly the same quirks that we have come to know and … know, from her time as a Democratic senator.
From voting against raising the minimum wage with a cutesy thumbs-down, to impeding legislation to close corporate tax loopholes for unclear reasons, to generally waltzing through the Senate with her signature brand of cheese-grater-to-the-eardrum whimsy, we can expect more of the same! No longer being a Democrat will, in fact, alter nothing about her (this should come as a surprise, but less of a surprise than you wish it would)…
Sinema will continue to be the self-crowned protagonist of the Senate, an AIM away status with really deep song lyrics in it that you probably wouldn’t really get. She is still a party of one, just as rAnDom as ever, and now everyone gets to celebrate that fact! Get excited to pay attention to her and her constantly surprising wants — or rather, to continue paying attention to them in exactly the same way! You have a broadly popular policy idea that will benefit her constituents? She’ll support it … maybe!…
“Why, if nothing about your values or behavior is going to be different, would someone choose to do this unnecessary, attention-grabbing thing that will make lots of Senate business more annoying for the Democrats?” you might ask. But then you would see you had answered your own question: Kyrsten Sinema is behaving exactly as she always has.
Not so much ‘jealous’, IMO, as worried about losing her self-imagined C*E*L*E*B*R*I*T*Y status…
White lady jealous that black man was getting all the attention.
— Dana Houle (@DanaHoule) December 9, 2022
Anybody who didn't see this move coming from a mile away needs to stay as far away from any poker table as is humanly possible. https://t.co/tZO5IIUcPx
— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) December 9, 2022
Smart man, that Mr. Pierce:
… Oh, for the love of god, get a grip. You did not make a profound statement of principle here, you made your customary grab for the main chance. You saw your path to re-election getting narrower because Rep. Ruben Gallego would likely beat you in a primary, and with a 51-49 Democratic majority in the Senate, your ability to make the kind of grandstanding mischief that could help you in that primary will be severely limited. As the Post points out (albeit in a roundabout, Beltway kind of way), this has been Sinema’s only true contribution to the issues facing the country.
During her Senate tenure, her willingness to break with her party on key issues has drawn praise from the other side of the aisle. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) invited Sinema to speak at the McConnell Center at the University of Louisville in September, calling her the “most effective first-term senator” he has seen in his nearly 40-year Senate career.
“She is, today, what we have too few of in the Democratic Party: a genuine moderate and a dealmaker,” he said.
Well, if the guy who stole a Supreme Court seat from Barack Obama says you’re a “dealmaker,” what more does anyone need to know, right?…
This situation will hold until Sinema sees another chance to get on camera and pose, whereupon Schumer and the Democrats will have to come and treat with her. Then we can watch her calculate which option makes it easier for her to construct her ‘independent thinker’ persona, instead of revealing her as the utterly predictable opportunist she clearly is. She can paint herself white and stick a golden horn on her forehead. Won’t make her a unicorn. Never will.
Is it too late for President Biden to offer her an ambassadorship to somewhere with nice weather and a robust wine industry? (Yeah, she doesn’t deserve it, but maybe there’s a ‘friendly’ nation that does, like Giorgia Meloni’s Italy?)
You can’t make this up: New unearthed footage shows Krysten Sinema chastising then-Senator Joe Lieberman for doing *exactly* what she just did, and depriving Democrats of much a needed vote.
Spread her shame. pic.twitter.com/wz4DWLq30f
— Really American ???? (@ReallyAmerican1) December 9, 2022