By Craig McDermott, crossposted from Random Musings
…Fellow blogger Bob Lord has written on this very topic here, far more eloquently than I can. However, I hope can make up in brevity what is lacking in eloquence…
OK, I’m done. No more “holding my nose” and voting for the “less bad” option in Arizona’s 9th Congressional District.
Former progressive icon (and current member of Congress) Kyrsten Sinema announced her complete renunciation of the pretense of working to serve the interests of her constituents (but damn, she’s always serving her own interests), or even exhibiting the most basic humanity in her conduct in office, with her vote (along with 47 other Democrats) demonizing Syrian refugees for the terrorist attacks in Paris (and, as of this writing, no Syrians, refugee or otherwise, have been shown to have been part of the attacks).
This is not the first time she has done something like this, and to be blunt, I don’t expect it to be the last time.
However, I can state unequivocally that the general election in 2014 will go down in history as the last time that I will ever vote for her.
The worst case scenario for her here is that she truly believes that demonizing people of a specific ethnic background is good for the US.
The best case scenario for her here is that she truly believe that demonizing people of a specific ethnic background is good for her.
Either way though, it’s evil.
And is something that I cannot, and will not, support
Now, I almost certainly won’t vote for the R in whatever race she is in – the next time Arizona Republicans nominate an honorable public servant for any office will be the first time they do so since former state senator Carolyn Allen and former corporation commission member Kris Mayes won their primaries (2008, I think).
However, I can skip any race on the ballot.
And in 2016 (and going forward), that is what will happen in any race where Kyrsten Sinema is a candidate.
Prediction: While it is getting late in the cycle for a Democrat to mount a credible primary challenge to her in 2016, the only way she avoids a Democratic primary in 2018 is to join State Sen. Carlyle Begay tomorrow and just change her partisan affiliation to Republican.