MSNBC political contributor Jason Johnson said Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) is harder to find than Waldo and Carmen Sandiego on Friday amid the ongoing attempts to pass a major infrastructure and social spending bill.
Sinema has been at the center of criticism for opposing the price tag for the proposed $3.5 trillion Build Back Better Act, which has exposed divisions within the Democratic Party.
Johnson told MSNBC‘s The ReidOut that Sinema “doesn’t look like she’s doing her job” and compared her to the fictional characters who are most famous for being difficult to locate.
Johnson spoke to guest host Tiffany Cross about Sinema’s future.
“She’s gonna be in trouble. She’s gonna be in trouble because her state is unhappy with her and the thing you can’t do as a politician, look, you can sell out to the rich,” Johnson said.
“You can offend people. You can’t look like you’re not doing your job. Where is Kyrsten Sinema? Like, Waldo and Carmen Sandiego are easier to find. She’s off in Europe, she’s making wine. So, she doesn’t look like she’s doing her job.”
Waldo is the infamously hard to find character from the Where’s Waldo? series of children’s puzzle books, while finding Carmen Sandiego was the primary objective of the 1990s kids’ game show Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? The show was based on a computer game released in 1985 that spawned a media franchise.
“So it’s not just being an obstructionist. That’s Joe Manchin. At least he says he believes in something,” Johnson said.
Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) is also opposed to the cost of the Build Back Better Act as well as certain provisions in the bill. The White House is reportedly removing a section of the bill that provided $150 billion to replace coal and gas-fired power plants in the U.S. following Manchin’s objections.
“She’s just not there. So I think it’s gonna be easy to eventually bring her along once she sells out to the people who are paying her bills,” Johnson said. “But her long term political future in the Democratic Party is next to nil, and she’s not gonna be a Republican because she’d have no power there.”
Cross replied: “Yeah, I got three words for you – Congressman Ruben Gallego. There’s an effort to draft him to run and challenge her, and when you look at her record here on helping the Build Back Better plan, it is very dismal.”
Gallego is a Democrat who represents Arizona’s 7th congressional district and recent polling from Data for Progress shows him defeating Sinema in a primary by 40 points.
Sinema has faced strong criticism in recent weeks with five veterans who advise the Democratic senator resigning this week and writing in a letter that she had “become one of the principal obstacles to progress, answering to big donors rather than your own people.”
She has also been subject to protests. Four people who confronted Sinema and followed her into a bathroom at Arizona State University (ASU) on October 3 are facing potential misdemeanor charges.