The Democrats’ dream of killing the filibuster so that they can pass their ridiculous ‘voter reform’ bill is pretty much dead.
Senator Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, herself a Democrat, announced this week that she will not help her party do it, and since Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia is also a no, this plan is going nowhere.
People won’t forget that the Democrats tried to do this.
FOX News reports:
Sinema doubles down on filibuster support, dealing likely fatal blow to Dems’ election bills
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema said Thursday that she will not vote to weaken the Senate’s 60-vote filibuster threshold, bucking her party leaders yet again and dealing a major blow to Democrats’ election reform effort.
The comments, which match Sinema’s long-held stance on the filibuster, are effectively the final nail in the coffin of Democrats’ longshot effort to pass two elections bills over unified Senate GOP opposition.
“There’s no need for me to restate my longstanding support for the 60-vote threshold to pass legislation. There’s no need for me to restate its role in protecting our country from wild reversals of federal policy,” Sinema, D-Ariz., said. “This week’s harried discussions about Senate rules are but a poor substitute for what I believe could have and should have been a thoughtful public debate at any time over the past year.”
Here’s the video:
BREAKING: Sen. Kyrsten Sinema praises proposed voting rights bills but reiterates support for filibuster rule, saying "I will not support separate actions that worsen the underlying disease of division infecting our country." https://t.co/ihVuth6xKF pic.twitter.com/GVNP9wBLYe
— ABC News (@ABC) January 13, 2022
People on the left are losing their minds over this.
Sinema is effectively asking the authors of Jim Crow and vote-rigging to give their permission for her to stop it. This is worse than incoherent or cowardice. It's a moral disgrace. Ask the segregationists for permission to vote for Civil Rights Act?
— Jennifer 'pro-voting' Rubin (@JRubinBlogger) January 13, 2022
Sinema delivers the Senate’s stupidest speech by a Democrat in an edge of tears voice to give childish words a melodramatic effect.
— Lawrence O'Donnell (@Lawrence) January 13, 2022
@SenatorSinema just put a knife in the heart of Democracy. My heart breaks how easily she was bought to support the Republican coup.
— Malcolm Nance (@MalcolmNance) January 13, 2022
Sinema did the right thing for the country.