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.
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.