Kyrsten Sinema’s ‘strange’ behavior completely mystifies MSNBC panel
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What is motivating Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) as President Joe Biden's "Build Back Better" agenda remains stalled in Congress was dissected on MSNBC on Thursday evening.

The host of "All In with Chris Hayes" said the first-term senator has been "exceedingly busy" training for an Iron Man triathlon she completed in New Zealand and a marathon she ran in California.

"But it's not just running that keeps her busy. She is teaching two classes this fall at Arizona State University including one titled 'developing grants and fund-raising.' Last summer, she worked a two-week stint as a paid intern at a California winery," he said. "None of these activities are inherently bad at all. in fact, they all sound great. time intensive but great, rewarding, awesome. Many politicians are active athletes. Many others teach college classes. But Sen. Sinema appears to be doing all these things instead of doing her job."

Hayes then turned to Sinema's activities this week.

"Now she's one of two key Democratic senators holding up the entire Biden agenda. But instead of sticking around to hammer out a deal she has left the country for a fund-raising trip in Europe," Hayes noted.

For analysis, the host interviewed Ryan Grim, The Intercept's D.C. bureau chief.

"Progressives are very frustrated with her, it's unclear what she wants. But just putting that aside, like this is strange, the way that she is generally conducting herself as a U.S. senator is quite anomalous just across the political spectrum even compared to someone like Joe Manchin," Hayes said.

"I've been covering Congress since, I guess, what, 2006, and so you know, I've watched all sorts of negotiations unfold," Grim replied. "Nobody's ever seen anything like this."

"And so there's an impulse out there to say, 'Look, stop trying to overanalyze Kyrsten Sinema, it's quite simple, she raises a ton of corporate money and she's doing the bidding of her corporate donors. No. That analytical framework doesn't work because so many other politicians who take so much corporate money aren't behaving this way," Grim explained.


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