The Democratic Party awakened Friday to the shocking news that Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ) left her former colleagues and is now a registered independent.
In a stunning move that poured ice-cold water on the party’s midterm celebrations, Sinema announced her decision in an Arizona Republic op-ed Friday morning.
She declared she “joined the growing number of Arizonans who reject party politics” and the “broken partisan system in Washington.” The former Democrat described the decision facing Americans between the two parties as a “false choice.”
Sinema clearly expressed her disappointment with the harassment and derision she’s endured from the far left of her former party after bucking the White House on a few key issues.
Good to see @KyrstenSinema leaving the Democrat Party.
Just this year we’ve had @TulsiGabbard & Senator Sinema – both high profile Democrats – change parties.
Hope many more see the light!
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) December 9, 2022
It is still unknown just how much of an effect her switch will have on the Senate besides narrowing the Democratic margin for internal opposition. Sinema told Politico Friday that she will not caucus with Republicans, meaning the party still has a workable majority.
The move also restores some of the leverage lost by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) when incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock defeated GOP challenger Herschel Walker to give the party 51 seats in January.
When the surprise wears off, Senate Democrats may find that not much has changed. That did not, however, prevent leftist commentators from going after the newly-independent Sinema with both barrels.
Former MSNBC host Keith Olberman called her “manipulative, deceptive, messianic, (and) without principles” and urged her to immediately resign. Current MSNBC mouthpiece Brittany Packnett Cunningham described her decision as “confirmation that she is the worst.”
Radical activist Charlotte Clymer labeled Sinema as “hypocritical” and “self-serving.”
She is not, however, the fire-breathing conservative that liberals make her out to be. In fact, Sinema has been a regular supporter of President Joe Biden, voting in favor of his agenda 93% of the time according to political data website FiveThirtyEight.
Her fatal flaw — before switching to independent status — was standing in the way of changing the Senate’s filibuster rules.
This one correct stand, for which all conservatives should be grateful, prevented the Democratic Party from running roughshod over the Constitution and completely reordering national elections. That and her abandonment of the party are now unforgivable sins to the left.