Ryan Grim, The Intercept

[Ryan Grim, like others, is trying to understand how Sen. Sinema’s mind works. What is she after? But there’s a larger point in play. For decades, the connection between wealthy donors and the responsiveness of our political institutions to these donors was pretty clear cut. The rise of small dollar donations in politics is changing the rules of the game. Grim argues that Sinema represents the past. How do we get to the future? — Progressive Hub] 

Kyrsten Sinema might be on the young side for a senator — less than half the age of some of her colleagues — but she represents the Democratic Party’s past. Think of her and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., as the dead hands reaching out of the grave, grabbing at the party as it tries to move on from them. They might have managed to claw back spending on the Build Back Better Act, but the reality that their time has passed is clear. And the way you can measure this most directly is in terms of dollars.

For Sinema in particular, her approach to the negotiations — to push against social spending and tax hikes on the rich and corporations — has cost her badly in the polls at home and hasn’t had much of an upside when it comes to campaign cash. Her model of politics is outdated, though it has been the dominant form for most of her life.

Kyrsten Sinema
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