Some Democrats, like Ms. Hobbs, want to face Republicans aggressively to counter the wave of GOP votes. Others, however, including Ms. Sinema, are reluctant to take drastic measures such as the elimination of the Senate filibusters, which would be necessary for the passage of key party laws, and hope for an elusive compromise with the Republicans.
The question is particularly difficult for Democrats in the uncertain political terrain of Arizona, as Republicans there continue their count despite widespread condemnation. While the majority of voters in the state tell pollsters they disapprove of the test, around 40% say they support it, reflecting how much former President Donald J. Trump’s electoral error still resonates. And it remains unclear. how well the Independents, who make up about a third of the total number of voters in the state, will rate the hotly contested recount.
Ms. Sinema seemed to be making a political calculation that would not be punished by voters making her an outcast among the most ardent Democrats, and Ms. Hobbs could face an uphill battle in the general election for governorship if she scares Republican voters.
Despite her increasing turmoil, Mrs. Hobbs remains pragmatic when it comes to persistent electoral conspiracy theories.
“Surely no sensible person would have thought that we would talk about it again now,” she explained. “We have always said that disinformation is dangerous – I don’t think anyone wanted to imagine how dangerous it is. “
In such a green country, it has become virtually impossible to reach the cross-party consensus on which Ms. Sinema has built her career and reputation.
Much of the Democrats ‘control owes the Senator to her defense of Filibuster, a procedural tactic that currently allows Republicans to block most of their rivals’ bills to the American government.
“It’s an instrument that protects our nation’s democracy rather than allowing our country to ricochet anywhere. The two to four years between policies,” Ms. Sinema said this month alongside Senator John Cornyn, a Republican, in her home state of Texas . “I think I am a daily example that bipartisanism is possible,” she added, suggesting that the other senators should change their behavior instead of “eliminating the rules or changing the rules”.
Last week the Arizona Democrats signed a letter calling on Ms. Sinema to reform the filibuster, apparently giving in that she would not reverse her position and would do away with it entirely. And this week, Ms. Hobbs wrote a guest article in the Washington Post calling on Ms. Sinema to endorse the For the People Act, the larger of the two great federal Democratic laws, arguing that “we both” know that, if we do nothing now, Republican lawmakers will be deprived of access to the ballot “(Mr. Manchin’s rejection of the larger bill means that Democrats currently have no vote, even if they are not disabled.)
To many political veterans of the state, Ms. Sinema’s position is hardly surprising given that she has worked with Republicans throughout her career. But many activists are angry that she hasn’t changed her stance, as Democrats now control the House, Senate and White House, and Republicans repeatedly block their legislation. Activists have spoken openly about recruiting a challenger for Ms. Sinema in the first election campaign for her seat in 2024, when she is re-elected.
“Senator Sinema’s leadership has been deeply disappointing,” said Alejandra Gomez, executive director of Lucha, a civil rights group that helped several Democrats win in the state: “It is very clear that now that we have a majority, they no longer She knows no profit and be agile. Arizona is roughly evenly divided between Democratic, Republican and independent voters. And both Ms. Sinema and Ms. Hobbs were elected thanks to coalitions of moderate independents and progressive activists whose efforts to get the votes have shifted the state to the left (Ms. Sinema’s advisors point out that all Democrats who have won nationwide elections in recent years have emerged as moderate).
Historically, Ms. Hobbs and Ms. Sinema share a similar approach and background – both were previously social workers, entering politics and building reputations as cross-party negotiators. In the past, Ms. Sinema was a kind of mentor for Ms. Hobbs, encouraging her to run for office and advance in state politics.
But Ms. Hobbs has distanced herself from Ms. Sinema in the past few weeks. And many left activists see the foreign minister’s potential to become something the senator is not: a political leader partly fueled by voter frustration. Some of Ms. Hobbs’ early successes suggest that Republican anger is fueling her campaign – she said her strong fundraiser of over $ 1 million in the past six months probably wouldn’t have been possible without the recount. Almost every time she is attacked by Mr. Trump or other prominent Republicans, her donations go up.
And Ms. Hobbs has admitted that she cannot win her candidacy for governor without the support of the left.
“I’m someone who always recognizes the people who helped me get where I am,” she said. “I’m not going to turn my back on people.”
Ms. Hobbs will face at least one opponent in the Democratic primary, and Ms. Gomez said the only way to win support from the left is to demonstrate that she “will act boldly and visionarily to destroy the Arizona of the past – not to hide behind non-partisanship. ” With Ms. Hobbs becoming a heroine of the left in Arizona, Ms. Sinema has become increasingly estranged from members of her own party.
“Every day I tell activists, donors and Democrats that we have to make sure we have our views and stand up for the agenda,” said Raquel Teran, state representative and president of the Arizona Democratic Party. “But in the end, you know we actually know that we have a senator who’s hard to tell if she’s going to move. The part for us now is that we have our opinions and express our position. We have to fight hard and make sure nothing is on the table. “
Alors that some progressive activists almost failed Ms. Sinema, others are more optimistic that protests and lobbying will cause her to change her approach, especially if she hears from more moderate voters.
Susan Minato, co-chair of Unite Here Local 11, which represents hospitality workers in Arizona, said she is urging Ms. Sinema to host a city event during the upcoming summer recess of Congress. Such an approach would be unusual for a senator who rarely appears at events without a script or answers questions from reporters (her office declined to make her available for this article.)
Minato said, “We are very concerned about our country and they ‘I have to start listening to understand why,” said Minato. The jury has not yet decided whether we can change their minds. We are not in conflict with Senator Sinema . We fight for democracy, and we are long-term. “