The most influential Democrat you never hear from

February 12, 2021 ☼ demssinema

Source: POLITICO - Link

“She’s not someone who cares about convention and the way things were,” said Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), a friend and ally. “She recognizes the real tradition of a Republic, which is that we are elected not to put our finger in the air to determine the direction of the wind.”

Despite being one of the youngest, and let’s face it, hippest members of the chamber, Sinema holds views that can be as old-school as any of the Senate’s long-timers’. Not only does she want to keep the filibuster, she wants to rebuild it. And the end-around idea of overruling the parliamentarian to jam whatever Democrats want to in a budget reconciliation bill is not going to happen on Sinema’s watch either.

I like people like this. Caring, smart, but also understanding why certain parliamentary positions are needed. Traditions, though, make it hard to pass emergency legislation such as that needed to address climate change. It is a dilemma.