Kyrsten Sinema’s commitment to bipartisanship is based on a bygone political climate.

 Kyrsten Sinema’s commitment to bipartisanship is based on a bygone political climate.

Kyrsten Sinema is at the center of the political universe, both in terms of her ideology and in her role in negotiations over President Joe Biden’s legislative agenda. But despite all the attention, she remains “kind of a black box,” according to the 19th reporter Amanda Becker. Becker’s recent story declared, “Kyrsten Sinema doesn’t feel the need to explain herself.”

That wasn’t always the case. Early in her political career, Sinema ran as an independent affiliated with the Green Party. She organized anti-war protests, worked on Ralph Nader’s campaign, and penned a diatribe against capitalism. Now, it’s difficult to tell what exactly she stands for. On Thursday’s episode of What Next, I talked to Becker about the senator’s political evolution, her commitment to bipartisanship, and the prospects of a primary challenge back in Arizona. This conversation has been condensed and edited for…

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