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Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema announced Friday morning that she will no longer identify as a Democrat in a move that is sure to infuriate the radical left. Sinema, who was already the subject of their ire for her moderate approach to governance, may have just become public enemy #1 in their eyes.

In an op-ed for Arizona Central, Sinema argued, “There’s a disconnect between what everyday Americans want and deserve from our politics, and what political parties are offering.  I am privileged to represent Arizonans of all backgrounds and beliefs in the U.S. Senate and am honored to travel to every corner of our state, listening to your concerns and ideas. ”

“In catering to the fringes, neither party has demonstrated much tolerance for diversity of thought. Bipartisan compromise is seen as a rarely acceptable last resort, rather than the best way to achieve lasting progress. Payback against the opposition party has replaced thoughtful legislating. ” Sinema continued.

“Americans are told that we have only two choices – Democrat or Republican – and that we must subscribe wholesale to policy views the parties hold, views that have been pulled further and further toward the extremes. ” Sinema added. “Arizonans – including many registered as Democrats or Republicans – are eager for leaders who focus on common-sense solutions rather than party doctrine. ”

Sinema then offered her solution — registering as an independent:


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.   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.  “

Sinema ended by assuring voters, “ This Senate seat doesn’t belong to Democratic or Republican bosses in Washington.   It doesn’t belong to one party or the other, and it doesn’t belong to me.   It belongs to Arizona, which is far too special a place to be defined by extreme partisans and ideologues. ”

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While we would like Sinema to embrace the values of the Party of Lincoln and the Party of Donald J Trump, we are happy to see her leave the radical Democrat Party. This is a win for common sense — for the Democrat Party is the enemy of all things concerning common sense.