They left her out on a key deal. Now Kyrsten Sinema’s silence has Democrats in a panic

Opinion: Arizona’s senior senator is not an insubstantial player that Democrats should have left in the dark.

By Phil Boas | The Arizona Republic

On Thursday Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., announced they had struck a $433 billion deal to attack climate change and soaring inflation.

Then the boys took a victory lap to the wild cheers of major media.

In newspaper interviews and Sunday shows they reveled in the impending triumph they were about to deliver for their standard bearer, President Joe Biden.

Schumer said he wanted a vote as early as this week.

Missing from victory lane and the grandstand, nor to be found anywhere, was the one person who could actually justify all this popping champagne.

Kyrsten Sinema.

No one thought to talk to Kyrsten Sinema

The boys hadn’t exactly gone out of their way to court her vote.

Going all the way back to February, when CNN asked point-blank if Schumer planned to endorse Sinema in her 2024 reelection bid, the Senate president demurred.

During secret negotiations this month, Schumer and Manchin left Sinema in the dark.


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