Measuring Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s politics against Rep. Liz Cheney’s principles

 U.S.. Kyrsten Sinema speaks during a United States Senate Committee on Finance hearing on Oct. 19, 2021. Photo by Rod Lamkey || Pool/Getty Images

Opinion: A stateswoman can do the same things a politician can do, but also is willing, when the time comes, to risk everything, lose everything.

By EJ Montini || Arizona Republic

Now we’re learning – again the hard way – that there is a big difference between a politician and a stateswoman.

Teaching us this valuable, if painful, lesson are Arizona’s Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema and Wyoming’s Republican Rep. Liz Cheney.

A politician understands the machinations of a legislative body and has the ability to work within the chamber in a way that can usher measures into law – some of them very good – while never putting her personal status at risk.

A stateswoman can do those same things, but also is willing, when the time comes, to risk everything, lose everything, in order to fight against something she knows will materially harm her country.

I’m guessing I don’t have to tell you which is which.

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On Monday, Sinema traveled to Kentucky to speak at an event hosted by Republican Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell.

The two of them commiserated in friendly terms. Sinema reaffirmed her support of the 60-vote threshold for passing legislation and even expressed a desire to expand it.


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