Don’t cry for me, Arizona

Commentary

By leaving the Democratic Party, Kyrsten Sinema proves she’s a bigger diva than Broadway’s first Evita, Patti LuPone

Two days after Senate Democrats celebrated Raphael Warnock’s runoff victory in Georgia to give the Party a 51-49 majority, Arizona Democratic senator (and model for senatorial workplace decorum) Kyrsten Sinema announced she was leaving the Party to become an independent.

And not only that, unlike the two other former Democratic, now independent senators, Bernie Sanders (Vermont) and Angus King (Maine), both of whom caucus with Democrats making them de facto Democrats, Sinema did not indicate with which Party she would caucus.

Talk about buzz kill!

In declaring her new status, Sinema said “I have joined the growing numbers of Arizonans who reject party politics by declaring my independence from the broken partisan system in Washington,” offering no evidence that there really are “growing numbers of Arizonans who reject party politics.”

Several observers believe that Sinema’s announcement to switch political affiliation confirms her “diva status” by keeping herself in the spotlight. But perhaps more importantly, it allows her to avoid what is likely to be primary challenges in 2024 when she is up for re-election.

As reported by The Washington Post, “She has angered quite a few Democrats in the Grand Canyon state, so much so that she was likely to face a Democratic primary challenge in a 2024 reelection bid. The lawmaker has been repeatedly criticized by the Democratic Party’s base for not being on board with core liberal priorities, including increasing the minimum wage.”

The Post went on to report, “Sinema did not say whether she would seek reelection in 2024. [But] In announcing her switch in party affiliation, she avoids a direct challenge from Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) in the Democratic primary.”

Sinema has blocked Democratic attempts to increase taxes on corporations and Wall Street and has been accused of kowtowing to for her wealthy donors. Which, of course, fits in nicely with the allusions to “Evita,” as this slightly altered song suggests:

Coming so soon after Kari Lake’s unfounded claims of voter fraud in her losing campaign for Arizona governor (a claim that she said she would not have made if she won!), Sinema’s switch in affiliation simply confirms what we know of the Grand Canyon state (with apologies to Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice).

Published by Ted Block

Ted Block is a veteran “Mad Man,” having spent 45+ years in the advertising industry. During his career, he was media director of several advertising agencies, including Benton & Bowles in New York and Foote, Cone and Belding in San Francisco; account management director on clients as varied as Clorox, Levi’s and the California Raisin Advisory Board (yes, Ted was responsible for the California Dancing Raisins campaign); and regional director for Asia based in Tokyo for Foote, Cone where he was also the founding president of FCB’s Japanese operations. Ted holds a Bachelor’s degree in communications from Queens College and, before starting in advertising, served on active duty as an officer on USS McCloy (DE-1038) in the U.S. Navy. Besides writing Around the Block, Ted is also a guest columnist for the Palm Beach Post.

6 thoughts on “Don’t cry for me, Arizona

  1. May the door not hit you in the backside, Madame! After all, the influence peddling you have done for the big donors may unsettle the Judas bag of silver lining your terrible choice within your Senatorial wardrobe!

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  2. If she tried to run again, she would have lost a primary as a Democrat. As an independent, the problem is she would split the Democratic vote, and guess what.

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  3. Nonsense, she was terrified of a democratic primary challenge. Her loss is meaningless as she didn’t vote with democrats anyway….

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  4. Hmmmm. While going through my records today, Jan. 26, 2023, I realuzed I have not gotten any posts from you for awhile,and when I checked, it said I was not folliwing your blog anymore. I just corrected that, only to find you have not pisted anything this year. I hope you are okay, just taking time off from blogging. I missed your wit and insights, and wish you well.
    I do not understand Word Press, I often get unfollowed from my favourite writers, withoht my own actions. Is there a “unfollow” fairy somewhere?

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  5. I was wondering why I wasn’t getting your posts either. I’ve fixed that and am following you again as well. I’ve found that this has happened to others who have followed me for years. Why? Beats me. I haven’t posted in a while — I was involved in writing and performing in a community show in December and, in January, took a three-week cruise/trip to South America (Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina. Just got back this week. Posts will continue soon. Thanks for thinking about me…and reposting some of my end of 2022 columns. All the best, Ted

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