Earlier this year the Arizona Democratic Party censured our prima donna Democratic diva Senator Kyrsten Sinema at its Winter State Committee meeting for her support of the Senate filibuster rule and being an obstructionist of the Democratic Party agenda. Arizona Democratic Party Censures Sen. Kyrsten Sinema For Filibuster Of Voting Rights:
Leaders of the Arizona Democratic Party voted Saturday to censure Sinema, citing “her failure to do whatever it takes to ensure the health of our democracy″ — namely her refusal to go along with fellow Democrats to alter a Senate rule so they could overcome Republican opposition to voting rights legislation.
— Arizona Democratic Party (@azdemparty) January 22, 2022
The Arizona Democratic Party Spring State Committee meeting is scheduled for Saturday, May 21. The Arizona Democratic Party must once again censure Senator Sinema for her support of the Senate filibuster rule and her failure to do whatever it takes to safeguard a woman’s constitutional right to a safe abortion by supporting legislation to codify Roe v. Wade into federal law.
Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) said Tuesday they plan to uphold the filibuster in the wake of the leaked draft decision from the U.S. Supreme Court on overturning Roe v. Wade.
Democrats have very few legislative options to try to stop the Supreme Court from carrying out a decision that would end the nationwide right to an abortion. While Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) vowed to hold a vote on codifying Roe v. Wade, the measure — which as of now does not yet even have 50 votes — would fail to meet the filibuster’s 60-vote threshold.
While “Silent Sinema” is supportive of abortion rights [she is a cosponsor of the Women’s Health Protection Act] her spokesperson said her views on preserving the filibuster are unchanged and pointed to seven Senate votes where a 60-vote threshold ultimately protected abortion rights.
Sinema’s statement defends the filibuster in its second paragraph, which means she’s coming out against codifying Roe by reforming the filibuster. https://t.co/dsOGEiD0ff
— Ryan Grim (@ryangrim) May 3, 2022
Once again, our prima donna Democratic diva Senator Kyrsten Sinema “was for it, before I was against it,” but wants you to give her credit for co-sponsoring a bill that she will not allow to pass because of her unprincipled defense of the Senate filibuster rule. (Note the coded language in the press release above: “Protections in the Senate” is code for the Senate filibuster rule).
This is a “break glass” moment for women’s reproductive rights. Those rights will be gone by the end of June if Justice Alito’s draft opinion stands unaltered.
Sinema should have to turn in her feminist and women’s rights advocate credentials because she has now been exposed as a fraud. She will not lift her “fuck off” ring finger to protect a woman’s constitutional right to a safe abortion, a right which has been recognized and upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court for almost 50 years. She has never known a day in her life when that right did not exist.
As Ruth Marcus of the Washington Post says:
In my view, overruling Roewould be a disaster — for a court reversing itself after repeatedly reaffirming the right to abortion over half a century, and even more for American women who have come to rely on the right to abortion.
[T]he court has overruled decisions before, but it has NEVER removed an existing, established constitutional right. Now, we have every reason to believe it is prepared to do so, and in a way that would give states maximum leeway.
[T]he only restraint will be whether the law survives the most minimal scrutiny of all: whether it has a rational basis. This means almost nothing. The state’s “legitimate interests,” Alito wrote in the draft, “include respect for and preservation of prenatal life at all stages of development.” A law that barred abortions necessary to save the life of the mother would probably not survive rational-basis scrutiny. That’s about it.
Senator Sinema has betrayed her Arizona constituents who voted for her. She ran as a Democrat, but we got a “closet Republican,” a Vichy Democrat who routinely appeases the enemies of democracy in the white Christian Nationalist GQP, and enables their sectarian religious war on democracy.
If she had any sense of decency she would resign, so she can pursue that sweet highly-paid corporate lobbyist job she is angling for, and allow the Arizona Democratic Party to appoint her replacement – a real Democrat who will stand up for the Democratic Party agenda, instead of reveling in undermine the Democratic agenda at every opportunity.
The Arizona Democratic Party must censure Senator Sinema for her support of the Senate filibuster rule and her failure to do whatever it takes to safeguard a woman’s constitutional right to a safe abortion by supporting legislation to codify Roe v. Wade into federal law.
The following Monday, on May 23 at 11:00 a.m., there will be a Sit-In To Save America, at the Tucson Office of Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, 20 E. Ochoa Street, Tucson. In Arizona we’ll take action in Tucson where Sinema was born and has a Senate office which has never once been staffed or open to the public. The actions will start at 11 am local time and include a family-friendly rally and march before the sit-in. To register for either the family-friendly rally and march or to take part in the direct action following the event, sign up here.
I would encourage expanding this Sit-In To Save America to her Phoenix Office at 3333 E. Camelback Rd, Suite 200 as well, so that more angry constituents can express their dissatisfatio and displeasure with her.