Like many other Democrats, Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema has set about trying to wildly exaggerate the significance of the January 6 Capitol insurrection.
Democrats and many in the mainstream media have been ceaselessly repeating the mantra that what happened on that day was an “insurrection,” even though the Capitol Police can be seen on video deliberately allowing protestors to enter the Capitol Building.
Indeed the only person proven to have died as a direct result of events that took place that day was Air Force veteran Ashli Babbit — a Trump supporter. Babbit was shot in the neck through a door by Capitol Police officer — whose identity still remains unknown — and died of her injuries shortly thereafter.
But amid this chorus of wild and played-up cries, Democrats have also begun calling for an “investigation” into what truly happened on January 6. Such an investigation would undoubtedly be little more than a political witch hunt conducted under cover of law, which is why Republicans banded together in the Senate to oppose it.
On Friday, May 28, the Senate held a meeting about whether to establish a commission to investigate the events of January 6. Although the measure attracted 54 votes, this fell short of the 60 that would be necessary to overcome a Republican filibuster.
The crowning irony behind all of this, however, was that Kyrsten Sinema, who tirelessly advocated in support of establishing this investigatory committee and even urged Republican senators to also support it, could not even be bothered to show up onto the Senate floor to cast her vote on Friday.
Why Didn’t Sinema Vote?
Sinema was not the only senator to miss this vote. A number of others did as well. However, all of these others cited various prior obligations which prevented them from attending the vote. Sinema is the only senator not to offer up any explanation for her absence.
Hannah Hurley, Sinema’s spokeswoman, stated in response to questions on this matter that Sinema supports the bill to establish the investigatory committee “and has said so publicly, and she will be entering into the Congressional record that she would’ve voted yes.”
However, none of this ultimately means anything. The fact of the matter is that when it truly counted, Sinema failed to show up and has not yet deigned to explain why. Her spokeswoman did not offer any explanation for this either.
Since Sinema and those around her have been silent, we can offer up some informed speculation that may explain why Sinema failed to show up to the vote. Arizona is a Republican-leaning state, which puts Sinema in continuous jeopardy of losing her Senate seat. If she had voted for this bill, Arizona’s voters would have sealed her fate at the next senatorial election.
At the same time, however, Sinema is a Democrat and therefore must strike the right sorts of postures in support of this bill because that is what her party expects of her.
In short, Sinema is trying to play both sides: She acts like she supports the bill — and privately, she probably does — but she cannot vote for it because her constituents will destroy her for doing so.
Therefore, after making all the right sorts of public statements, she just so happens to disappear from the Senate chamber at the appointed time. Now, she can claim to support the bill without actually having to support it.