Back in November 2018, I published a post called “Decency in Differences” in which I praised Martha McSally and Krysten Sinema in their very respectful exchange after their Senate race. It is reprinted below.
A hopeful moment in politics… I hope it continues!
The Arizona United States Senate race between candidates Martha McSally (R) and Krysten Sinema (D) has given me hope that tribalism may not be our only future. McSally’s congratulatory concession video demonstrated how to lose with honor and respect. This video can be viewed at realclearpolitics.com and it is titled Republican McSally Concedes Arizona Senate Race to Democratic Winner Kyrsten Sinema.
Krysten Sinema spoke of finding common ground in her victory speech and gave a tribute to Republican Senator John McCain. This video can be viewed at cnn.com and is titled Sinema gives tribute to McCain in victory speech.
These candidates provided an outstanding example of how to run a civilized campaign and what to do when the results come in. Decency trumped party. Decency and respect need not be sacrificed. There can be decency in differences.
Following that election, interim U.S. Senator Jon Kyl announced his resignation from Arizona’s other Senate seat, and Republican Governor Doug Ducey appointed McSally to succeed Kyl where she assumed that office on January 3rd, 2019.
This Harvard educated, retired Air Force Colonel who demonstrated the upmost dignity and decency in November 2018, became a dishonorable, disrespectful opportunist willing to give up her stellar reputation for a short term political advantage. I am deeply disappointed. Earlier this week, a respected CNN reporter asked McSally if she would consider the new evidence recently reported related to Trump’s upcoming impeachment trial. She dodged the question and called it pathetic and called the reporter a “liberal hack.”
What happened to the McSally of 2018? Was she brainwashed by exposure to Trumpism? Her sense of honor and decency has been extracted. Is all hope lost? How many more will be Trumped before this is all over? I don’t know…