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Liberals in the media attack Sinema for defending bipartisanship, ‘friendship’ with McConnell


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Progressive Democrats and liberal journalists reacted angrily to Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Arizona, speaking out about bipartisanship at an event with Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Monday.

Clips of the moderate Democrat and Senate Minority Leader congratulating each other at the University of Louisville’s McConnell Center event have circulated online, sending many leftists on Twitter into a tailspin.

“Despite our apparent differences, Senator McConnell and I have forged a friendship, a friendship rooted in our commonalities, including our pragmatic approach to legislation, our respect for the Senate as an institution,” Sinema said.

At another point, she addressed the Senate filibuster, saying, “The best thing you can do for your child is not to give him everything he wants.” … We should reinstate the 60-vote threshold for areas where it was eliminated. .”

Senator Kyrsten Sinema, D-Arizona.
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New York Times opinion columnist Jamelle Bouie wrote: “I can’t understand what Kyrsten Sinema thinks she is doing.[sic].”

Mother Jones DC Bureau Chief David Corn tweeted, “He’s someone who really doesn’t want to legislate.”

MSNBC host Mehdi Hasan poked fun at the pair, writing, “Lol at McConnell being a pragmatist. 2016’s Merrick Garland would love a few words. But definitely yes to the ‘commonalities’ between McConnell and Sinema.”

Progressive writer and pastor John Pavlovitz called Sinema “the worst kind of Democrat… the Republican kind.”

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Podcast host Brian Tyler Cohen poked fun at Sinema saying the two sides walked away from the middle.

He tweeted: “Sinema: ‘When Republicans have control they pass a few crazy laws. When Democrats have control they pass a few crazy laws.’ -Dems: Climate Funding, Veterans Care, Chips, Lower Drug Costs -GOP: National Abortion Ban… So yeah, crazy on both sides.”

Former far-left MSNBC host Keith Olbermann revealed the pair dated years ago, before slamming Sinema as a sellout: “When we dated in 2010-11, Kyrsten was a legit progressive, far to my left. Now she’s embraced politics Industry tm where there’s only process, no politics, and never people. Perfect solution: she can be the next @MeetThePress host. “

President Biden failed to convince the senses.  Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema to eliminate or weaken the filibuster.

President Biden failed to convince the senses. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema to eliminate or weaken the filibuster.
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As more tweets from leftists online poured in, Democratic strategist Adam Parkhomenko tweeted, “Enjoy your trolling, ex-Sen. Sinema.”

Along with West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, Sinema has often been in the crosshairs of the left for his support for the filibuster, the 60-vote Senate threshold.

Hasan called the senator’s support for the filibuster “fundamentally undemocratic”, writing, “Apart from how condescending this metaphor of Sinema is, it is fundamentally undemocratic for an elected official in the United States to publicly advocate for a minority regime and overturn wishes. voters who sent them to DC.”

Also balking at the Sinema analogy, MSNBC host Chris Hayes also complained, “Voters, by definition…are not children!”

“But it’s an INCREDIBLY revealing metaphor: Sinema and others like her are the adults. And us people are spoiled brats who constantly ask for things,” he said.

WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 02: Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) leaves her office to walk to the Senate Chambers in the United States Capitol on August 02, 2022 in Washington, DC.  Negotiations in the US Senate continue for the Cut Inflation Act of 2022. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 02: Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) leaves her office to walk to the Senate Chambers in the United States Capitol on August 02, 2022 in Washington, DC. Negotiations in the US Senate continue for the Cut Inflation Act of 2022. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

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Despite criticism from those within his party, Sinema last month approved the Democrats’ massive spending bill, the Cut Inflation Act.

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