As Chuck Schumer was celebrating the Democrats’ win in the Georgia runoff and plotting to use their 1-vote Senate majority to force all sorts of radical garbage onto an unwilling nation, a seismic quake appeared out of nowhere: Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema announced that she has left the Democratic Party and registered as an Independent.
Sinema often joined West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin in being the only two Democrats in the Senate who stood up against the worst excesses and impulses of the leftists and their willingness to destroy the system to force through their agenda (ending the filibuster, stacking the Supreme Court, etc.) Manchin should have switched to the GOP long ago, but his going along with bad legislation, then getting stabbed in the back when the promises made to him were broken, have made him persona non grata in both parties.
Sinema is still too liberal on many issues to be a Republican, but she’s also not on board with the radical left lurch of her party, and especially not with the nasty bullying tactics they’ve adopted, like harassing her in bathrooms or making death threats against her on social media because she won’t agree to blow up the rules so that they can grab power. This is one case where we're lucky that "social justice warriors" have no social skills.
Sinema told CNN’s Jake Tapper that “both parties have created this kind of requirement or a pull towards the edges that you just unthinkingly support all of one party’s viewpoints. It’s made it difficult to find folks who are willing to work together and solve problems.” She said it won’t change what she’s been doing that much, but “I’ll be able to show up to work every day as an independent and not be stuck into one party’s demands of following without thinking.”
Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean that Schumer will lose his majority since Sinema will reportedly continue to caucus with the Democrats. But it is a hopeful sign that by driving her out, they’ve lost their leverage over her to impose their more radical, "transformative" changes. And maybe having been lied to, played as a fool and burned so badly, Manchin has also learned his lesson about trusting Chuck Schumer. He should remember the old fable about the scorpion that stung a frog that was giving it a lift across a river. When asked why he’d do such a thing and kill them both, the scorpion said, “I’m a scorpion. It’s in my nature.”