A group of Arizona Democrats are preparing to censure Senator Kyrsten Sinema for what they believe is a lacking progressive voting record at the state party’s convention this weekend.
The Arizona Democratic Party’s Progressive Caucus has readied a document listing their grievances against the freshman Senator. The progressives accuse Sinema of selling out to Trump and Republicans. They’re especially incensed with her vote to confirm William Barr as Attorney General, in addition to a recent refusal to cosponsor a net neutrality bill.
Sinema usually votes as a traditional progressive Democrat, voting against most of President Trump’s nominees and against legislation favored by the Republican Senate majority. She has cast a few votes deviating from the Democratic Party’s positions- evidently enough to make her a target of progressives in Arizona.
She won a contentious election against now-Senator Martha McSally in 2018(McSally has since been appointed to the Senate seat formerly held by John McCain). Arizona is a nominally red state that is increasingly trending purple due to mass immigration, from outside the country and from within the territorial United States.
A leader of the Arizona Democrats’ Progressive Caucus, Dan O’Neil, explained his support for censuring Sinema.
“The Progressive Caucus is very concerned with Kyrsten Sinema’s voting record. We love her, as we love all Democrats, but we want her to vote like a Democrat rather than supporting Trump half the time.”
A bit of an exaggeration, as Sinema doesn’t vote with Republicans half the time. Her vote to confirm William Barr wasn’t a decisive factor in his confirmation, as the veteran Attorney General was confirmed with a comfortable 54 votes.
Sinema has also voted with Republicans in favor of programs that would actually enact deportation orders for migrants ruled to have invalid asylum claims. The Arizona Progressives do seem more upset about her record with regards to environmental policy, however.
It wouldn’t be the first time a Senator was censured by activists within their own party in the Grand Canyon State. John McCain was censured by Arizona Republicans for his support of amnesty legislation in 2014.
If Democrats are inclined to censure a Senator as nominally moderate as Sinema, there’s no telling as to the insanity they would release should they gain control over the Senate, White House and Supreme Court.
FLASHBACK: Three Recent Supreme Court Justices Were Confirmed Within 45 Days
There’s ample precedent for a quick confirmation.
There are 45 days until the November 3rd presidential election, and there’s ample precedent for an expedited confirmation of a Supreme Court Justice in such a timeframe following a vacancy.
Ruth Bader Ginsberg died on Friday, setting up a possible contentious confirmation process to fill her seat. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is pledging that a tentative Trump administration nominee for the position will receive a vote on the Senate floor, despite outrage and indignation on the part of progressives falsely maintaining that McConnell is breaking precedent he set by refusing to confirm Merrick Garland. President Obama tried to get Garland confirmed when the opposing party controlled the Senate, a divided government that does not exist in 2020.
Ruth Bader Ginsberg herself was formally nominated by President Clinton on June 22nd, 1993. Her confirmation process began on July 20th, and she was confirmed on August 3rd, with a total of 42 days elapsing between her nomination and confirmation.
John Paul Stevens’ nomination was advanced and confirmed in a speedy 19 days, and Sandra Day O’Connor was confirmed in 1981 in a total of 33 days.
In fact, every single Supreme Court nomination of the past 45 years was nominated and voted upon within a shorter duration of the time remaining in Donald Trump’s first presidential term.
Yes, Trump has time to nominate and get his nominee confirmed to the Supreme Court. EVERY SINGLE VOTE ON A #SCOTUS NOMINEE OF THE LAST 45 YEARS was voted on in less time than what Trump has between now and the end of his current term. pic.twitter.com/og5aOZsiw1
— Matt Batzel (@MattBatzel) September 19, 2020
There’s actually wide precedent for nominating and confirming a Supreme Court justice within the confines of President Trump’s first term, and Democrats are being untruthful or erroneous to suggest otherwise.
McConnell is beginning initial work to advance confirmation hearings, with potential liberal Republicans such as Mitt Romney, Susan Collins, and Lisa Murkowski presenting themselves as possible holdouts. It is possible to approve a judge with 50 votes in the Senate and a Vice Presidential tiebreaker.
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