Kyrsten Sinema Turns Blue Dog, Liberals Blow a Gasket

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Long gone are the days of Prada socialism, hearting Ralph Nader, and pagan spiraling for Democratic Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema.

As noted in a recent Washington Post report, Sinema's attempt to reinvent herself as a centrist, which began before she left the state Legislature, is now complete, as she has been absorbed, along with fellow Democratic Representative from Sand Land Ron Barber, into the Blue Dog Coalition, a group of conservative Ds that is anathema to die-hard lefties.

Check the following from the WaPo piece:

In danger of losing even more clout, the leading Blue Dogs are regrouping and rebuilding. They are adding four members to their ranks this week -- Reps. Ron Barber (Ariz.), Cheri Bustos (Ill.), Nick J. Rahall II (W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.) -- and angling to play a key role in bipartisan talks over the next few years in the belief that the polar tension in the Capitol will thaw.

"We're in this for the long haul," Rep. Kurt Schrader (Ore.), co-chairman of the Blue Dogs, said in an interview, predicting that the Democrats could regain the majority only if they are once again competitive in those rural and Southern districts. "We're the way the Democrats are going to get back into the majority."

Arizona's Ninth Congressional District, which Sinema Represents, is neither rural nor "Southern." That aside, I accept the general premise that conservative Ds can be a means to an end, like obtaining a Democratic majority in the U.S. House.

The BDC's website has the following comments from some old hounds on the new pups:

"When we look back at the political gamesmanship that ultimately shut down the federal government last year, it becomes clear that we need members like Ron, Kyrsten, Nick and Cheri more than ever," said John Barrow (D-GA), Blue Dog co-chair for administration. "As Blue Dogs, we continue to meet regularly with the Republican Tuesday Group to find commonsense solutions that both parties can agree on, and we welcome any Democrat who values this approach to policy-making."

"Being a Blue Dog means you are part of the solution, not part of the problem. Blue Dogs bring commonsense solutions to everyday problems and actually like working with colleagues on the other side of the aisle," said Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN), Blue Dog co-chair for policy. "Our new members know it's time for governing, not gridlock. Congress should follow their lead."

Local libs are not amused, to judge by some of the Facebook comments regarding this news. They want Sinema to be CD 9's version of Congressman Raul Grijalva, minus the facial hair.


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FRONTERA
FRONTERA

So Sinema swings in a swing district ,(no pun intended)...From what  I hear ,and correct me if Im wrong, is Sinemas biggest "Sin" is all the dirty money she took from wallstreets LOYD BLANKFIEN AND JAMMIE DIAMIND TO VOTE  against bank reform. Also voting with REPUBLICANS to shut down the GOVERNMMENT....tell me it aint true..   WOLF IN SHEEPS CLOTHING.........and GRIJALVA IS a rockstar , one day  az gov  or  us sen...

trentr9
trentr9

The Blue Dogs lost badly in both 2010 and 2012.  In 2010, 23 of them lost and 6 resigned.  Of those 6, 2 ran for the Senate and lost.  In 2012, their numbers were cut in half again.  So why would anyone who wants to win, want the label of Blue Dog?  Also, becoming a member of this caucus will not stop the Republicans from calling her a socialist, communist, Obama-loving liberal.

Thane.Eichenauer
Thane.Eichenauer

Not being psychic I have to say that only time will tell. I will say that no matter who your favorite political team may be that it certainly will pay to put away the rose colored glasses this (and every) election season. Far too many people see what they want to see.  Those who are ready to swallow the political red pill are encouraged to join the Nullify Sinema Alliance (see link below). 


http://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1s02qpg


Gary Walsh
Gary Walsh

I have a hard time with someone saying Kyrsten is voting against her constituency when the district is pretty much 50/50. I am an X republican now an Independant and I am her constituency.

Jo Hafford
Jo Hafford

Blatherskite. Find me the Republican demanding that Congress stay in session until they extend unemployment. Find me the Republican demanding a budget with no cuts to Social Security. Find me the Republican with a staff that works a tenth as hard as hers does. I'm sorry but this spun yarn of "she's a Republican" relies on a deep misunderstanding of her record outside the thing that get blasted out from the far left.

Kim Passaglia
Kim Passaglia

She totally has turned on her constituents and that is not something to be proud of, the same goes for Ron Barber

Linda Evans
Linda Evans

Good point--given my choice between her and my rep (Matt Salmon), I'd take her in a New York minute.

Linda Evans
Linda Evans

The imaginary "center" has moved so far to the right (and the "right" has sailed over the edge of their flat Earth) that I find most Democrats these days are moderate Republicans. When I realized that, I registered as an independent. Both parties have sorely disappointed us.

Matt Perez
Matt Perez

Sinema's dishonesty is an issue, and Lemons missed the mark by saying the anger stems from disappointment that Sinema is a moderate. My beef with Sinema is that she voted for cynical republican measures designed to undermine the president during the shutdown while calling for congress to end the shutdown.

Darin Spyderdog
Darin Spyderdog

i dont have issue so much with how she votes (usually.... unless its something she does thats really stupid like her vote on the shutdown for example....and theres more of those), its how she handles herself after she votes. time and time again she bold face lies straight to her constituents and tries to sell them basically the exact opposite as what she actually does. ron barber largely conducts himself in the same manner (however hes clearly much less intelligent then kyrsten here is....and as a result much less slick about it). she is ineffective, short sided, and dishonest, and she dosnt deserve to have her job anymore. procedurally shes no different then the tea party is. she needs to be voted out

Gary Walsh
Gary Walsh

She and I agree 90% of the time. I have never had a Representative that agreed with me that much. The alternative would have had a 10% rating.

Brett Solesky
Brett Solesky

When you're right you're right and as much as it pains me to say it, you're right. Sinema has been a blue dog on many issues, even going so far as to vote with Republicans on some overhauls of Obamacare, and she's doing everything to keep the defense jobs in Arizona despite the desperate need to destroy defense spending.

Phil Loper
Phil Loper

If anyone has noticed the scale has shifted from the "Center." She is now basically a moderate Republican.

squash
squash

"My reply is always that the lesser of two evils is, by definition, less evil."

And my reply is that voting for the lesser of two evils is, by definition, still voting for evil...

OhReally
OhReally

This particular kind of analysis is why times never get better in Arizona.  Turning Blue  Dog won't help with the  Repubs and liberts.    That isn't who elected her and  catering to them discourages a strong turn out of Democrats and other moderates who are sick and tired of far right ranting.  

Steve Palermo
Steve Palermo

Centrists on both sides are bad for the extremes, but great for the people. Maybe it is a political calculation on her part. Doesn't matter. We need more clear headed moderates in Washington.

robert_graham
robert_graham

Instead you mean Kyrsten Sinema Turns Blue Dog, Liberals Heads Explode. You libtards can't always get what you want.  

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

Now that Lemons has laid out the facts, I'm less perturbed by the rightward move by Sinema. But still, I usually prefer having a real Republican than a fake Democrat representing me. But hell, this is Arizona. Beggars can't be choosers.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

When having a Democratic majority is being discussed as an "end", rather than as a step toward some actual, practical end, it's difficult to pretend that our system of government hasn't been completely undermined by the two major parties.


Gary174
Gary174

MATT HAS DISAPPOINTED ME.  BASED ON HIS PRIOR TERMS, I THOUGHT HE WAS A MODERATE. BUT HE HAS TURNED  RT-WING LIKE HIS PREDECESSOR JEFF FLAKE---ESPECIALLY ON THE ACA.

Gary174
Gary174

RIGHT! my three   prior Reps were QUAYLE, SHADEGG AND ELDON RUDD!!

Thane.Eichenauer
Thane.Eichenauer

Would a clear headed moderate vote to bomb Syria?  I would like to know just in case I see one on the ballot in November.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@robert_graham 

She hasn't really changed.  She's still just as liberal as always.  She's simply learned to play politics.

Since she's a Democrat, we'll hear her praised for being reasonable and willing to compromise for the good of the nation.  If she was Republican, she'd be shamed as a "flip-flopper".


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