Some Democrats are moving back toward the center and closer to Republican values as a result of the nation’s and the Democratic party’s current conditions.
More than a million voters are flipping to the GOP, according to AP reporting from June.
“A political shift is beginning to take hold across the U.S. as tens of thousands of suburban swing voters who helped fuel the Democratic Party’s gains in recent years are becoming Republicans.
More than 1 million voters across the 43 states have switched to the Republican Party over the last year, according to voter registration data analyzed by the Associated Press. The previously unreported number reflects a phenomenon that is playing out in virtually every region of the country…in the period since President Joe Biden replaced former President Donald Trump.”
“Nowhere is the shift more pronounced – and dangerous for Democrats – than in the suburbs, where well-educated swing voters who turned against Trump’s Republican Party in recent years appear to be swinging back. Over the last year, far more people are switching to the GOP across suburban counties from Denver to Atlanta and Pittsburgh and Cleveland,” AP continued.
Legislators are also exhibiting this pattern. Democratic senator from Arizona Kyrsten Sinema is one representative that is going to the right.
And Republicans are paying attention to this. Steve Bannon, a conservative commentator, provides his opinions.
According to the Western Journal, commentator Steve Bannon said there was more going on when Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell lauded Sinema for being a champion of bipartisanship.
According to The Washington Post, McConnell presented Sinema as the “most effective first-term senator” he had ever seen when she appeared on Monday at the McConnell Center at the University of Louisville.
Bannon provided his opinion on Thursday, presuming that the Republican Party will gain control of the Senate after the elections in November. Despite the 50-50 divide in the Senate, Democrats are in control thanks to Vice President Kamala Harris’ ability to break ties.
“Senator Sinema is looking downrange at the ‘24 cycle when the Republicans will only increase the majority they win in the Senate in ‘22 …
the ‘24 cycle is that strong — watch her switch parties or go ‘independent’ and caucus with the Majority,” Bannon wrote on GETTR.
Bannon cited a The Hill article alleging that McConnell was “cozying up to” Sinema.
In introducing Sinema, the Kentucky Republican added, “She is, today, what we have too few of in the Democratic Party: a genuine moderate and a dealmaker,” which was the source of the remark.
Sinema praised McConnell in front of his own supporters.
She also said something cryptic regarding the majority.
“As you all know, control changes between the House and the Senate every couple of years. It’s likely to change again in just a few weeks” Sinema predicted.
Republican Ruben Gallego of Arizona, a Democrat, responded to the comment with a sarcastic tweet.
— Ruben Gallego (@RubenGallego) September 26, 2022
Then, Sinema described her position on the filibuster as “incredibly unpopular.”
Sinema stated that she would toughen Senate rules to require more items to require 60 votes for approval in order to avert scenarios like the one that is currently occurring.
“It would make it harder for us to confirm judges. And it would make it harder for us to confirm executive appointments in each administration,” she said, but it would also create “more of that middle ground in all parts of our governance.”
Filibuster-bashing “represents solely the short-term angst of not getting what you want. And those of you who are parents in the room know that the best thing you can do for your child is not [to] give them everything they want,” she said.
According to the Western Journal, some people appreciate those who try to find a middle ground of compromise.
According to The Hill’s article, McConnell applauded Sinema’s opposition to moves to weaken the filibuster. Senate Republican Whip John Thune made this statement.
The South Dakota Republican added,“He, being an institutionalist, respects the fact that she stood tall for the institution.”
“We’ve all made various attempts and runs at getting her to join our caucus. I think she’s comfortable where she is,” he remarked.
According to Ballotpedia, “159 state legislators have switched parties since 1994,” as of October 2022. That number includes 117 state representatives and 42 state senators.
“Number of state lawmakers who switched from Democrat to Republican, 76; 22 State Senators and 54 State Representatives. Number of state lawmakers who switched from Republican to Democrat, 22; 7 State Senators and 15 State Representatives.