Oh noes! The War On Christmas takes a slightly bizarre variation as first Sen. Jon Kyl and then Sen. Jim DeMint complain that it's just not right to make them vote on the START treaty during the Christmas season. I mean, what will Baby Jesus think?
To Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's suggestion that the Senate come back the week after Christmas isn't just a way to complete a busy lame duck agenda -- but an attack on people of the Christian faith.
"It is impossible to do all of the things that the majority leader laid out," Kyl said today, "frankly, without disrespecting the institution and without disrespecting one of the two holiest of holidays for Christians and the families of all of the Senate, not just the senators themselves but all of the staff."
Not one to miss this opportunity to proclaim his Christian superiority against those mean little heathen Democrats, Jim DeMint quickly jumped on to the "Who Cares About Nukes?" sleigh:
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) called Democrats' push to force through an arms control treaty and an omnibus spending bill right before Christmas "sacrilegious," and warned he'd draw the process out to wage his objections.
"You can't jam a major arms control treaty right before Christmas," he told POLITICO. "What's going on here is just wrong. This is the most sacred holiday for Christians. They did the same thing last year - they kept everybody here until (Christmas Eve) to force something down everybody's throat. I think Americans are sick of this."
I think Americans are definitely sick of something, but making Republicans work during the latter half of December is not one of them. Maybe they should be grateful they have a job at all. Way too many Americans don't during this sacred holiday, and nothing the Republicans are doing will make that better.
As Democratic strategist Karen Finney tweets:
So the Demint/(Kyl) position on START is that a peace treaty is inconsistent with Judeo-Christian values during the season of peace.
Exactly. And just because it's the holiest of holidays and voting for critical peace treaties would be sacrilegious, doesn't mean that it's not prime fundraising time.
This Christmas, preserve that blessing by giving them the same gift your parents and grandparents gave you: the gift of Christmas future. By making a contribution to the Republican National Committee, you'll be providing the resources that we need to continue to protect the America you know and love. You'll also be ensuring that your children and grandchildren will be able to give future generations the same Christmas you've given them.
And at that, Baby Jesus wept.