Sen Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, who left the Democratic Party to become an independent explained that she had quit attending Democratic luncheons even before she left the party. She said it was boring to see old men eating jello.
I imagine it was even worse watching old Democrats no longer able to chew jello. Perhaps they should consider serving pre-chewed jello.
“Lunches were ridiculous. … Old dudes are eating Jell-O, everyone is talking about how great they are. I don’t really need to be there for that. That’s an hour and a half twice a week that I can get back.”
“The Northerners and the Westerners put cool whip on their Jell-O, and the Southerners put cottage cheese.”
“I’m formally aligned with the Democrats for committee purposes. But apart from that I am not a part of the caucus.”
“I spend my days doing productive work, which is why I’ve been able to lead every bipartisan vote that’s happened the last two years.”
“Arizonans – including many registered as Democrats or Republicans – are eager for leaders who focus on common-sense solutions rather than party doctrine.
“But if the loudest, most extreme voices continue to drive each party toward the fringes – and if party leaders stay more focused on energizing their bases than delivering for all Americans – these kinds of lasting legislative successes will become rarer.”
“It’s no wonder a growing number of Americans are registering as independents. … When politicians are more focused on denying the opposition party a victory than they are on improving Americans’ lives, the people who lose are everyday Americans. I have joined the growing numbers of Arizonans who reject party politics by declaring my independence from the broken partisan system in Washington.”
Kyrsten Sinema left the Democratic party in December, 2022. She said that she was tired of the fighting between the 2 parties, but I suggest her real problem was the heat she was getting from the Democrats who objected to her working for her constituents and not the Democratic Party. They were promising to primary her even before she left them behind.
Sinema went on to accuse mainstream political parties in the U.S. of worrying more about blocking each other out than the well-being of their constituents.
The senator has been the target of extensive intra-party mudslinging for not falling in line with the rest of her party on key issues — most notably, refusing to abolish the filibuster.
“When politicians are more focused on denying the opposition party a victory than they are on improving Americans’ lives, the people who lose are everyday Americans,” Sinema wrote in the op-ed.
She added, “That’s why I have joined the growing numbers of Arizonans who reject party politics by declaring my independence from the broken partisan system in Washington. I registered as an Arizona independent. ”
The true ramifications of Sinema’s departure are yet to be known — more consequential than senators’ party affiliation is their caucusing and legislative objectives.
In 2006, former Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., changed his affiliation from Democratic to “independent Democrat” – a distinction not formally recognized by the Senate. Lieberman did so after losing his primary but continued to caucus with the Democrats.