A few weeks back I was at an event for Congresswoman Martha McSally, currently in a tight race for US Senate here in Arizona. Standing in front of me was Frank Schmuck (yes that is his real name), a GOP candidate for Arizona State Senate and a classmate of McSally’s at the US Air Force Academy.
I leaned over to Frank and quietly said, “Faux pas faire du Cinéma!”
He chuckled. His mom is from France and Frank is fluent in the language, so he got my reference. Literally translated it means “Must not make the Cinema (or movie).” But it is an idiom that is probably better translated as “Don’t be so dramatic.”
It was also a play on words with McSally’s opponent’s name, Representative Kyrsten Sinema. While I do not know Sinema personally, as a person involved in the Arizona political scene I have observed her dramatics over the last couple of decades. Drama Queen is what I have seen.
She first came to my awareness in the State Legislature where she was a self-described “Prada Socialist.” Her politics were left-wing but she dressed like a fashion forward hipster from a PR or Entertainment company. It was a good self-portrait.
Later, when she ran for Congress, she would talk to the camera in “oh so sincere” tones about her impoverished upbringing, a female Bill Clinton who could “feel your pain.” These claims have recently been debunked, by no less than the New York Times (not Drudge Report or Breitbart so hard to call that a partisan attack).
This cycle we have been besieged with ads showing a brow furrowed Sinema staring at a computer monitor with others in what looks like an Ops Center, intercut with visuals of military aircraft and ships. Did not know members of Congress personally supervise military operations (spoiler alert – they don’t) but it sure looks dramatic.
In contrast her opponent, Martha McSally was an Air Force Colonel, and was the first female to pilot combat missions in the A-10 Warthog Ground Support Aircraft in Afghanistan. McSally wasn’t staring at a computer monitor, in a staged TV ad, she was staring down a gunsight at a live enemy; dropping bombs, firing rockets and a 30 mm cannon. Now that is dramatic.
When I made my remark to Frank Schmuck it was because of a certain disquiet I have about Sinema that I couldn’t quite put my finger on. Now a Project Veritas Video has come out, showing Sinema on an undercover camera. When someone asked her about talking about an assault weapons ban in Arizona as opposed to California she said, “They will actually shoot you.”
When I heard that I realized what bothered me about Sinema. She said “they” when talking about Arizonans. This matches other videos that have come out. When she is not in Arizona she speaks disparagingly about our state, calling it the “meth lab of Democracy,” or saying the word “Arizona” and pausing (dramatically) to make a face.
Yet I have never heard her say, “We Arizonans” or “Us in Arizona”.
It’s like she doesn’t think she is one of us. Or worse she is ashamed of us like a family member that denies they are related to someone.
I moved to Arizona twenty-seven years ago because I wanted to live here. I am proud to be an Arizonan.
I don’t want to be represented in the US Senate by a Drama Queen that is ashamed of my state. That is ashamed of me, my family and my friends and neighbors.
Faux pas faire du Sinema!