by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
According to President Joe Biden, Democrat Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona is now on the side of George Wallace, Bull Connor, and Confederate leader Jefferson Davis.
Why? Because Sinema said Thursday she opposes nuking the Senate filibuster so Democrats can ram through a bill to federalize elections. In Biden’s book, that puts Sinema on the side of slavery and Jim Crow.
“Every official in America,” Biden said in a widely mocked speech Tuesday in Georgia, has to choose: “Do you want to be on the side of Dr. [Martin Luther] King or George Wallace? Do you want to be on the side of John Lewis or Bull Connor? Do you want to be on the side of Abraham Lincoln or Jefferson Davis?”
I guess Sinema chose the Confederacy.
Such is the absurdity of the position Biden and Democrat leaders have put themselves in. By staking their midterm election prospects on the passage of a “voting rights” bill no one asked for and that has no chance of passing the Senate, they have been reduced to hurling juvenile insults and spinning abject lies to make their case for reshaping America’s elections.
The insults are as predictable as they are disgusting. Echoing Biden’s farcical accusations of racism against anyone who disagrees with him about the filibuster, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, chair of the House Democratic caucus, on Wednesday wagged his finger and declared that the filibuster “is dripping in racist history, in defense of slavery and Jim Crow.”
That’s the explicit line now, in all its bone-crushing idiocy: the filibuster is racist. You don’t want to be on the side of racism, do you? Democratic Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, who has used the suddenly racist filibuster hundreds of times in his long Senate career, somehow claims it now stands in the way of preserving democracy itself.