Why national news outlets — and Cher — have a lot of questions for Kyrsten Sinema

Photo from Sinema for Senate campaign

Bill Goodykoontz | Arizona Republic

When Cher is tweeting about you, you know you’ve become ubiquitous.

Of course, Cher didn’t actually tweet about Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, the Arizona Democrat who is the subject of an avalanche of media coverage at the moment. She mistakenly tweeted about Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York while scolding Sinema for opposing filibuster reform, but amusingly corrected herself.

However opaque Cher’s Twitter habits may be, this much is clear: No one in Arizona — with the possible exception of members of the Phoenix Suns — is getting as much national media coverage as Sinema. Whether it’s questioning her motives, doubting her knowledge of the history of the filibuster or bemoaning her unwillingness to take part in the usual dog-and-pony show of Sunday morning media media appearances, Sinema is all over the news. Now it’s for working with Republicans on an infrastructure deal.

Oh. And for breaking her foot while running a marathon. Although that’s a little different.

This is probably the most media coverage for any Arizona politiciansince the late Sen. John McCain’s no vote on repealing the Affordable Care Act in 2017. (Sinema still has a ways to go, of course, before garnering the kind of press McCain got when he ran unsuccessfully for president in 2008.)

A blunt headline in New York Magazine’s Intelligencer asks the bottom-line question: “What does Kyrsten Sinema care about?” It’s just one in an avalanche of recent headlines in national news organizations that have plenty of questions for Sinema and not a lot of answers.


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June 2021