But that comparison, Adams acknowledges, misses the first 20 years of McCain’s history, before Tea Party activists overtook the state Republican Party, when he built up a political machine and passed out favors like Halloween candy. Sinema lacks the same strong relationships with local elected officials that McCain once had, which makes occasionally breaking with the party far more difficult. In addition to quite distinct biographies — McCain, of course, was a war hero and presidential candidate — their temperaments couldn’t be more different. Unlike Sinema, McCain would talk to the press for hours at a time. And Sinema doesn’t have the fiery, confrontation-loving spirit that leads one to hold court with critics. Agree with him or not, McCain had a way of making people feel heard, even if not convinced. Sinema has always been a woman apart from her party. She reluctantly adopted the label of Democrat only after realizing it was her path to power. And she largely shed that label in her most recent campaign, opting instead to emphasize her independent voice. Winning reelection in Arizona won’t be easy for any Democrat, but even most of her critics acknowledge Sinema is well positioned for the general election . . . read the full article here.