Magazine November 1, 2021, Issue

Kyrsten Sinema Is Arizona’s New Maverick

(Roman Genn)
Expect her to get no respect

Nothing reveals the double standard by which Beltway Washington deals with mavericks than the different treatment accorded two independent-minded senators in recent years.

The late John McCain of Arizona was celebrated for going against his party, never more so than when, in 2017, his one vote killed a GOP repeal of parts of Obama­care. But now, for standing up to the $3.5 trillion Biden budget extravaganza, Arizona’s Kyrsten Sinema is fast becoming a pariah in her party, as McCain was in his.

Media scorn has been brutal. Maureen Dowd of the New York Times attacked her. Saturday Night Live portrayed her as

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This article appears as “Arizona’s New Maverick” in the November 1, 2021, print edition of National Review.

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