Sinema has blocked a part of Biden’s agenda for the past two years
Last aftershock of midterm earthquake shakes Senate on occasion
His decision comes after knowing the Democratic victory in Georgia
With just nine words, Senator Kirsten CinemaFrom Arizona, last Friday the rumble box reopened in the Democratic Party. “I declare myself independent of Washington’s flawed party system”, Sinema pointed out, meaning he was leaving the Progressives to register as an independent. This situation not only weakens Biden in the Upper House, but also makes it difficult for the president to move forward with what little remains of his agenda. All this with two complicated election years ahead of the 2024 presidential election.
Political movement of cinema took place after knowing the results of second round of middle term not georgiawho gave another seat to the Democrats and left Final tally 51 to 49 But the senator’s declaration, not yet clear, does not specify whether progressives will be able to continue counting on their seats in that chamber or their former party colleagues with a pyramidal majority (50-49). Will leave
Becoming an Independent won’t change my job in the Senate; My service for Arizona is the same. Read my full op-ed in The Arizona Republic 3/3 https://t.co/P2JQXFT5IJ
— Kirsten Sinema (@kyrstensinema) December 9, 2022
While some events develop that will allow us to see whether Sinema keeps her seat tied to progressives, the reading of the midterm election results is clear: a two-seat margin of victory leaves more room for Democrats to advance. is your schedule, while Sienna and Manchin continue to have a tight gap (the other wayward senator, in his case from West Virginia), power to approve or block legislative action,
This has been the case during these past two years in office, with both senators being successful in getting their fellow party members to eliminate or modify projects, such as legislation to fight (initially 3.5 trillion dollars) which ended up being only 1 trillion Or a proposal to reduce the price of drugs, which again remained in the restricted version of the initial project.
This has increased the respect for the senator’s figure among Democratic voters, especially in Arizona, where a recent AARP poll published by the Washington Post shows that only 37% of the state’s progressive voters have a favorable opinion of his career.
Following his announcement, Sinema published a video in which he assured that “nothing was going to change” for him, which would be true at least during this year, in which he still has to serve on the Upper House Democratic Committee. ‘s commitment. However, in the fight for Re-election to his post in 2024Most recently, the senator may face competition with his new candidate from the party.
And the answer would depend only on the decision of the voters of Arizona, who at that point would have to choose between a Republican representative, another Democrat, and him already as an independent. Something that does not scare Sinema, as can be seen from his statements in recent days.
“I have never completely fit into the fold of any party. I’ve never tried. I do not want to do it. Stepping away from the partisan structure is not only true to who I am and how I operate, but it will provide a space for many people across the state and country who are tired of partisanship,” he told CNN.
and he is Arizona’s senator never agreed with the fiscal policy developed by the Democrats, especially when it comes to taxing the wealthiest and largest corporations. Nor to the bipartisan policy developed by the two majority structures in the country, which is why it has joined a growing number of Arizonans who reject (it), declaring their “independence from this broken system in Washington”. and finally register as an independent. Arizona. , he wrote on his Twitter account.
full declaration of intent in a policy that, after all, isn’t doing anything new, as other independent senators, such as Bernie Sanders (VT) or Angus King (Maine) They’ve already done it. However, he remains part of the Democratic caucus, something Sinema has not yet said he is willing to do, which has been criticized by Sanders himself.
,@Sean Sanders,[Sen. Sinema] There are reasons for that. […] i think the democrats [in Arizona] Not excited about someone who helped defeat some of the most important laws protecting working families, protecting voting rights, etc.” pic.twitter.com/9eVFmiHqBI
— The Hill (@thehill) December 12, 2022
This situation, along with a Republican victory in the House of Representatives, has progressives worried about the next political movement and its consequences, which could happen in the next 24 months, before the next presidential election.