Last week Chuck Schumer vowed to charge forward to change the filibuster with his caucus almost unanimously voicing full-throated support. In response, in a classic ‘Republicans Pounce’ maneuver, the Senate Republican Communications Center released a meticulously crafted gotcha press release. It cited the multitude of times current Democratic Senators pledged their support to never mess with the filibuster. This once-popular view of preserving the institutions by the Democrats, most notably when they were in the minority, has been quickly cast aside for political expediency.
Kyrsten Sinema, the senior Senator from Arizona, remains a Democratic holdout on the issue. She was going as far as to post an opinion piece in the Washington Post laying out her reasons for defending the institution. In the article, she makes the obvious point that it is tempting to believe that you will always be there once you have a majority (you would think that Democrats would have remembered the consequences of Harry Reid’s usage of the nuclear option in 2013). In the piece, Sinema takes the moral high ground and argues that her position on the filibuster is not to favor any policy per se but to keep it a positive check for democracy.
True to her word, Sinema recently broke ranks and voted against changing the filibuster. This stance did not exactly endear her to her ideological peers. The Arizona Democratic Party criticized her for refusing to help move the filibuster to the political dustbin. Left-Wing cancel detectives discovered a video of Sinema after the vote shaking hands with Republican Senators. The footage was immediately converted to a ‘smoking gun’ image of why Kyrsten Sinema must be destroyed.
Newsweek started the lunacy with this tweet:
Predictably, Left-Leaning Twitter users responded with tweets like this:
They only continued to pile on from there hyperbolically. There were scores to choose from, but this one is my personal favorite:
The filibuster is the one issue today that can garner bipartisan support. Let us hope that it stays that way.