Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) gives remarks before President Joe Biden signs the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Monday, November 15, 2021, on the South Lawn of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Cameron Smith)
The report claims that Sinema enjoys bragging that her “cleavage” has a persuasive effect on her Republican colleagues.
Sinema, who is a moderate Democrat, often votes with Republicans and has reportedly perplexed President Joe Biden. But who hasn’t?
The report continues:
The book portrays the Arizona Democrat as closer to Republicans than to the Biden White House, where the president’s top aides viewed her as a “difficult person.” Biden himself was perplexed by her, according to Martin and Burns, maybe because of his old age. “One person close to the president likened Biden’s perplexity at Sinema to his difficulty grasping his grandchildren’s use of the viral-video app TikTok,” they write. “He wanted to relate, but he just didn’t quite get it.”
The president and his allies took offense to Sinema’s “jarring request” in early 2021 that Biden refrain from visiting Arizona while celebrating the passage of the American Rescue Plan. “While the first-term senator had voted for the rescue plan, Sinema asked Biden’s aides not to send the president to Arizona for his victory lap,” they write.
The authors characterize it as a “puzzling” demand, “since Biden had carried Arizona and remained popular there in the early months of his term.”
Perhaps Sinema just had better political instincts than the tag team of New York Times reporters. Polling this week has Biden underwater by 14 points in the state, with just 41 percent job approval. Sinema, by contrast, is viewed favorably by voters in the state.
The strained relationship with the White House seems to be over her opposition to ending the filibuster, which the Democrats would have used to pass many of their far-left policies.
Often overlooked, is that if the Democrats end the filibuster, the Republicans will eventually get to use it to pass controversial policies like constitutional carry and abortion laws.