Kyrsten Sinema has an op-ed explaining why she opposes using democratic voting rules to pass voting rights legislation or anything else, and needless to say it is staggeringly dumb:
My support for retaining the 60-vote threshold is not based on the importance of any particular policy. It is based on what is best for our democracy. The filibuster compels moderation and helps protect the country from wild swings between opposing policy poles.
Wait, is she doing a bit?
Rs could still block S.1 at the end if their amdts lose. But by blocking the process completely–filibustering the motion to proceed–they avoid any accountability or even taking a stand. It's the closed Senate, and one place to start filibuster reform is on motion to proceed.— Mark Schmitt (@mschmitt9) June 21, 2021
To those who want to eliminate the legislative filibuster to pass the For the People Act (voting-rights legislation I support and have co-sponsored), I would ask: Would it be good for our country if we did, only to see that legislation rescinded a few years from now and replaced by a nationwide voter-ID law or restrictions on voting by mail in federal elections, over the objections of the minority?
“Republicans could conceivably repeal voting rights legislation if they obtain power. So the solution is just to stop it from being passed in the first place.” I see no flaws in this logic.
To those who want to eliminate the legislative filibuster to expand health-care access or retirement benefits: Would it be good for our country if we did, only to later see that legislation replaced by legislation dividing Medicaid into block grants, slashing earned Social Security and Medicare benefits, or defunding women’s reproductive health services?
Jesus Christ, they can defund Medicare, Medicaid and Planned Parenthood by a simple majority! They were one vote away from doing the last time they held both houses of Congress! A senator from your state cast the key vote against it, it got quite a lot of publicity!
Whether she is this dumb, or more likely thinks you are this dumb, ultimately doesn’t matter. But the complacency and timorousness of marginal Democratic votes is absolutely infuriating.