Surprise

I am truly surprised by this:

 

The Arizona Democratic Party is planning to hold a vote this week to determine whether Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) should be censured.

The Arizona Republic reports the censure vote is due to the fact that progressives in the state Democratic Party see her as too accommodating to President Trump and his policies.

Those seeking to censure Sinema point to her vote to confirm David Bernhardt, Trump’s nominee to serve as secretary of the Interior, as well as her vote to confirm William Barr as Attorney General, the news outlet notes.

Additionally, progressives in the Arizona Democratic Party cite Sinema’s resistance to joining fellow Democrats in trying to reinstate net neutrality rules to prevent internet service providers from throttling websites.

Dan O’Neal, the state coordinator for Progressive Democrats of America, told the news outlet that the censure is an effort to push Sinema back toward the left.

“Here’s the thing: We really support Kyrsten Sinema, we want her to succeed, we want her to be the best senator in the country,” O’Neal said. “But the way she is voting is really disappointing. We want Democrats to vote like Democrats and not Republicans.”

Go here to read the rest. When atheist, self proclaimed bisexual and all around left wing loon, whose fashion sense tends towards hooker boots, Kyrsten Sinema was running as a moderate in 2018 for the Senate in Arizona, I was, shall we say, unconvinced.  However, as a Senator she has actually been enough of a moderate so far that she has enraged the Left of her own party.  Maybe there is something in the water out in Arizona that encourages the election of Senators who are a headache to their own parties.  What the Democrats don’t realize yet is that Sinema doesn’t need them.  She has a star quality that allowed her to win a race in Arizona that she should have lost.  I personally find  her more than a bit loopy, but these are loopy times.  She has five years before she is up for re-election and she may well determine, based on facts on the ground in 2024, that her political future no longer resides in her current party.  We shall see.  An interesting politician to keep an eye on, and that is more than you can say for most members of Congress.

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  1. Those seeking to censure Sinema point to her vote to confirm David Bernhardt, Trump’s nominee to serve as secretary of the Interior, as well as her vote to confirm William Barr as Attorney General, the news outlet notes.

    IOW, they want her to gum up the works by refusing to confirm cabinet appointments. Slow-walking judicial appointments is one thing; courts commonly have a bevy of judges and judges have life tenures. Even a regulatory commission can function with vacant seats. A cabinet department or stand-alone federal agency has one chief. Partisan Democrats want their people to block nominees and then they complain Trump relies on interim appointments (placed in those positions per federal statute). Unless someone is unfit for a position of public trust, there isn’t much excuse blocking cabinet appointments.

    The number of federal offices subject to Senate confirmation needs to be scaled back, and for most of them the vetting should be done by ad hoc committees selected by lot.

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