almost impressed by the sheer amount of contempt sinema must have for her audience to say something like this out loud
the truth of the matter does not actually matter here but it is worth saying that, among other things, the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments to the constitution were passed on "party line" votes
also, just think about what sinema is saying here. "state governments might be trying to deprive americans of the right to choose their leaders but it is even worse to try to do anything about that in a partisan manner"
anyway, sinema's argument here is absolutely incoherent — "party-line state majorities should be allowed to restrict voting rights but a federal majority cannot protect them" — and it is easier just to assume that she likes the filibuster because she loves the attention.

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Would be helpful if people could think about this outside of R/D partisanship and consider the implications of endless gridlock for the constitutional system itself. i.e., there is a reason the executive branch and the courts keep accumulating power
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the other thing i’ll say is that an endlessly gridlocked congress changes the incentive structure for people who might be interested in elected office. out with people with policy ambition, in with people who are there mainly to preen for the cameras.
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“austin, the cold war is over!”

“finally those capitalist pigs will pay for their crimes, eh? comrades? eh?”

“austin…we won”

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