Independent Sinema

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema. (Photo by Bonnie Cash/Getty Images.)

It’s always perilous trying to parse the motives of politicians who seem recognizably human.

Thankfully, there aren’t many.

Politicians are predictable, humans are complex. If you want to know what Ted Cruz will do in any given situation, simply ask yourself, “Which course of action would bring him one iota closer to becoming president?” You’ll anticipate his moves with well above 99 percent accuracy.

Being recognizably human, Kyrsten Sinema is a harder nut to crack. She’s younger than most of her colleagues. She’s more colorful, stylistically and otherwise. She has honest-to-God interests outside of politics. And she gets along with members of the other party, a common enough trait among human beings but one increasingly rare among those who make their living in government.

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