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WSJ on Sinema
« Reply #950 on: October 06, 2021, 01:08:26 PM »
‘Hi, I’m Kyrsten. I’m in the Arizona House and I’m a socialist.” That’s how the woman who’s now her state’s senior U.S. senator introduced herself to me when we met at an immigration conference in 2006. I found her to be more complicated than a slogan. I told her I worked for a federally sponsored job-training program in college and learned that she is a former social worker who is suspicious of impersonal bureaucracies and genuinely curious about other people.

Lately she’s become a pariah on the left for her skepticism of the $3.5 trillion Biden budget extravaganza. Detractors harassed her in a public restroom to cheers from some media figures. “Saturday Night Live” portrayed her as an obstructionist who’s too ditsy to know what she wants. There’s talk of a primary challenge in 2024.

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The anger is explained in part by her history on the left. Yet she’s built a bipartisan coalition in swing-state Arizona. The polling firm Bendixen & Amandi found that 52% of Arizona Democrats and 51% of Republicans view her favorably.

She showed signs of her heterodoxy before her 2018 Senate election. In an ad for that campaign, she deplored how people in Washington “are more interested in their talking points and their ideology than getting stuff done.” This May, the Arizona Republic asked her what her long-term strategy in the Senate was. “Most folks in Arizona aren’t thinking to themselves: ‘What is the government doing for me today?’ ” she said. “They’re often thinking about what the government is doing to me today, right?”


She continued: “I want Arizonans to, 1), not have to think about their government very much. But, 2), when they do, to think to themselves: ‘Well, that it is at least a little less bad than it used to be, it’s less painful than it used to be and Kyrsten has done some work to help make my life a little bit easier and a little bit better.’ ” That restrained legislative approach drives progressives nuts, but calmer ones who know her say it’s rooted in her belief that both the hard right and the hard left are good at arguing but bad at governance.

“Sinema might become a respected, legitimate post-partisan national figure,” says Mike McKenna, former deputy director for legislative affairs in Donald Trump’s White House. “Like Trump, she has the capacity to scramble traditional power structures—but from the other side.”

Ms. Sinema says she can’t be pushed around by either party. Maybe that’s because she does know what she wants. She believes in incremental reform, and that usually sticks only if it’s bipartisan. In her 2009 book, “Unite and Conquer: How to Build Coalitions That Win—and Last,” she wrote of “the dread disease” of “identity politics” and how liberals too quickly embrace the “mantle of victimhood.”

She has said job creation should be Washington’s No. 1 policy goal, and she believes that best happens without vastly higher taxes, debt and new entitlements. That’s a moderate platform, one I bet a majority of the American people, tired of political squabbling, could get behind. The question both parties should be asking isn’t “What does Kyrsten Sinema want?” but “What if Kyrsten Sinema is right?”

Mr. Fund is a National Review columnist and co-author of “Our Broken Elections: Ho

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Re: WSJ on Sinema
« Reply #951 on: October 06, 2021, 02:02:27 PM »
‘Hi, I’m Kyrsten. I’m in the Arizona House and I’m a socialist.”

"She has said job creation should be Washington’s No. 1 policy goal, and she believes that best happens without vastly higher taxes, debt and new entitlements."
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I've tried not to gush too positively yet about Democrat Senators Manchin and Sinema saving the Republic out of fear they will turn on us before my written word is read.  That said, great courage shown so far by these two.  Can't say that about my faux-moderate Representative Dean Phillips of big-vodka who votes with Nancy Pelosi 100% of the time and with anti-American Rep. Omar more than 90% of the time.

If Sinema wants to create jobs, we have a party for that, and it's not the job destruction party where she currently resides.  Read the forum; take a look at the Republican results that preceded her.

It would be even easier for Joe Manchin to switch parties.  Everyone else in his situation already has.