In switching parties, Sinema sets herself up to run a third-party spoiler campaign for the eventual Democratic nominee.

“I’ve never fit neatly into any party box. I’ve never really tried. I don’t want to,” she said on CNN. “Removing myself from the partisan structure—not only is it true to who I am and how I operate, I also think it’ll provide a place of belonging for many folks across the state and the country, who also are tired of the partisanship.”


Ah yes, a place of belonging for people who would do a little curtsy while voting against increasing the minimum wage from an unlivable $7.25 an hour.

People aren’t mad that partisanship itself exists—they’re mad that it prevents Congress from doing anything substantive to improve their lives. Blocking progress is something of which Sinema is extremely guilty, and this label changes none of that.