Will Jesse Jackson’s arrest shame Sen. Kyrsten Sinema into voting to kill the filibuster?

Rev. Jesse Jackson speaks to advocates of stopping the filibuster at a rally in Phoenix. He was later detained./Progress Arizona via Facebook

By EJ Montini | Arizona Republic

(Editor’s note: Opinion/satire pieces are published only to extend coverage of an issue and to stir comments from our readers.)

As a young idealist getting into public life I can’t imagine that Kyrsten Sinema, in her wildest dreams, would ever have imagined that someday the Rev. Jess Jackson would be arrested while protesting at her office.

I’d like to believe that even now, as a sitting U.S. Senator, Sinema has a difficult time imagining it.

I’d like to believe even more that the decision by Rev. Jackson, at 79 and not in the best of health, to travel to Arizona to protest at Sinema’s office would change her position on the filibuster. That she would decide that protecting the voting rights of citizens throughout the country – including those she represents in Arizona – outweighs her belief in an outdated Senate rule that does nothing but perpetuate gridlock.

I’d like to believe that.

But I don’t.

A protest to protect voting right


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July 2021