Kyrsten Sinema: A Pleasant Surprise

Kyrsten Sinema: A Pleasant Surprise

Kyrsten Sinema: A Pleasant Surprise

When Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema first eked out a victory for Jeff Flake’s Senate seat over Martha McSally last year, I will admit to being a little horrified.

How could Arizona replace even the squishy RINO Flake with a former Green Party (read: Marxist) activist, openly LGBT person (note: I don’t care that she’s bisexual; I care that she flogs her sexuality for votes) to represent the state in the Senate?

How could someone who protested war in a pink tutu be taken seriously on Capitol Hill as a legislator?

But I will admit that I have been pleasantly surprised by Kyrsten Synema several times, and although there’s no doubt that she began her political career as a freakish Code Pink weirdo, she has not remained a screeching rodeo clown.

She has not voted crazy, and I have appreciated her effort to reach across the partisan aisle on issues such as Congressional pay about which we railed when Congressional representatives attempted to make the rest of us who aren’t making $174,000 per year, not including benefits, to feel sorry for them “having to” sleep in their offices because they ostensibly couldn’t afford a place to live in DC.

Kyrsten Sinema, on the other hand, is trying to right an egregious wrong. When Congress fails to do its job, its members should not get paid (especially when hundreds of federal workers deemed “essential” are forced to work without pay) until Congress gets its act together and pulls its collective head out of its collective ass, so she co-sponsored a letter to congressional leaders along with Republican Rick Scott urging them to add language to the end-of-year spending bill that prevents members of Congress from getting paid if they fail to pass a spending bill. Kyrsten Sinema also consistently sponsored the No Budget, No Pay Act since being elected.

“If members of Congress fail to do their jobs, then they should not get paid. I’ll keep reaching across the aisle to fix a broken Washington and deliver for Arizona.”

Good for her!

Kyrsten Sinema supports increasing the number of US troops at our border with Mexico.

In May she introduced the Daniel Somers Network of Support Act to create networks of support for service members.

Sgt. Somers served two tours in Iraq and was diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries and PTSD upon returning home. He lost his life to suicide in 2013. After Sinema learned of Sgt. Somers’ story, she worked with his parents, Howard and Jean Somers, to introduce and successfully pass the Daniel Somers Access to Care Act, which ensures veterans who worked in classified jobs can receive behavioral health services in an appropriate care setting. Now, Sinema is working with the Somers to expand their network of support concept.

And Kyrsten Sinema has enough integrity to understand that the Democrats’ impeachment case against President Trump is so weak, that the Wall Street Journal dubbed it “The Incredible Shrinking Impeachment.” The International Business Times named her as one of three Democrats expected to oppose convicting the President in the Senate, along with Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Doug Jones of Alabama.

As a Congresswoman in 2017, she interestingly enough voted in line with Donald Trump’s positions approximately half the time, unlike the unhinged liberal proglodyes on Capitol Hill who simply oppose any Trump initiative on principle because ORANGEMANBAD. According to the left-leaning Five ThirtyEight, as of December, Sinema voted in line with Trump’s position on legislation about 53 percent of the time.

Visiting Luke Air Force Base, AZ; Photo by: Airman Brooke Moeder

No, this does not mean Kyrsten Sinema is a conservative. She’s far from it, considering her 27 percent lifetime rating from Americans for Prosperity and 100 percent rating from Planned Parenthood. But I have been pleasantly surprised at the way she has evolved from an unhinged activist who “led a group that distributed flyers depicting an American soldier as a skeleton inflicting ‘U.S. terror’ in Iraq and the Middle East,” to someone who understands that “you should never take military intervention off the table,” especially when you have rogue nations and rogue actors running them emerging all over the world. She voted against the JCPOA (the Iran nuclear deal), supported last year’s strike on Syria, and in 2015 joined Republican colleagues in a measure to stop admitting Iraqi and Syrian refugees until vetting measures were strengthened.

Kyrsten Sinema is no doubt a liberal Democrat, but since her election she has actually been a pleasant surprise. Most of my male friends think she’s incredibly attractive, but I do think she’s thoughtful and intelligent, and that makes her a bit more than just a pretty face.

Maybe my standards have been lowered because her colleagues are such unhinged, obnoxious twats. It’s possible.

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Marta Hernandez is an immigrant, writer, editor, science fiction fan (especially military sci-fi), and a lover of freedom, her children, her husband and her pets. She loves to shoot, and range time is sacred, as is her hiking obsession, especially if we’re talking the European Alps. She is an avid caffeine and TWD addict, and wants to own otters, sloths, wallabies, koalas, and wombats when she grows up.

10 Comments
  • SFC D says:

    100% agreement from me, Marta. Like you, she scared the hell out of me, and I voted for McSally. I feared the worst, but Sinema has surprised me. She seems to do what is best for her state and constituents, party line be damned. AZ democrats have had issues with that, and to me, that’s a point in her favor. And yeah, she’s pretty easy on the eyes too.

  • Marta, insane =/= stupid. Sinema is the first, but not the second.

    She is very aware that she won her seat:

    1) In a MID-term election;

    2) Where many Republican voters stayed home, thanks to the GOPe here continuing to tolerate the verminous McCain and Flake;

    3) Where McSally is widely viewed as “McCain lite” who was SELECTED by the GOPe to continue McCain’s “legacy.”

    She is quite aware that she does not know what the situation will be in 2024. Whether the RINOs will manage to wrest control of the party back, and SELECT a designated victim after Trump. Whether the DEMe will manage to wrest control of the party back, and SELECT a smooth liar like Obama to cover them with a false “centrism.”

    Believe me, if the Dems return to power, and Sinema retains her seat, she will turn so hard left again that she will probably need a neck brace.

  • GWB says:

    one of three Democrat Senators expected to oppose convicting the President
    FIFY. (I certainly hope almost all the Republicans oppose convicting him.)

    Maybe my standards have been lowered because her colleagues are such unhinged, obnoxious twats.
    Well, yes.

    This is what I’ve been saying about Trump, too. He’s NOT a conservative. But, the Dems have gone full tyrant, and that makes Trump look like one – when he’s really nothing more than an old-style Dem. That is, he’s a liberal, but he’s very pro-American.

  • Oldav8r says:

    I’ve lived in AZ for many years and have watched Sinema through her rise in local politics. Yes, she’s basically a liberal Dem, but I believe she’s more in the ‘old lib’ mold than what we’re seeing in the clown show today. She built a strong reputation as being Thoughtful and willing to work across the aisle. She is generally well thought of in the state by members of both parties. I voted for McSally and have received fundraising emails from her, but haven’t seen her name mentioned since she was appointed, haven’t seen a single ad for her Re-election…the ghost Senator. Wish I’d known the job was that easy, I’d have run.

  • 370H55V says:

    She is what I call “adorably dorky”.

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