Moderate Democrat Senator Krysten Sinema spoke out boldly about her unequivocal support for the filibuster on Wednesday, leaving many Democrats enraged.
As The Hill reports:
Sinema, speaking to reporters alongside GOP Sen. John Cornyn (Texas) in Arizona, indicated that she hadn’t shifted from her opposition to changing the Senate’s rules, arguing that it “protects the democracy of our nation rather than allowing our country to ricochet wildly every two to four years.”
“To those who say that we must make a choice between the filibuster and ‘X,’ I say, this is a false choice. The reality is that when you have a system that is not working effectively — and I would think that most would agree that the Senate is not a particularly well-oiled machine, right? The way to fix that is to fix your behavior, not to eliminate the rules or change the rules, but to change the behavior,” Sinema said.
She added that she thought the filibuster was designed to “create comity and to encourage senators to find bipartisanship and work together.” When a reporter followed up on if Sinema was going to budge on the filibuster, she added: “No.”
Sinema’s comments from Tuesday, while aligned with her previous position on the filibuster, sparked a fierce rebuke from progressives on Wednesday, who argued that she was out of touch with how the procedural roadblock has been used in recent years.
It seems that liberals just can’t handle the truth about one of the Senate’s most important limits on power, even when it’s coming from the mouth of a fellow Democrat.