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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Christmas falls on a Saturday this year, but many, many Americans whose jobs require them to work on or around that day will push through. Snow-plow drivers will be be plowing streets and driveways; waiters will attend to families that don't want to cook; retail workers will be there to exchange that Cosby sweater your mom gave you that morning. And that's actually on Christmas Day. As it turns out, a Republican in the United States Senate is ticked that he'll have to work two whole days after Christmas.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is resolute that Democratic priorities such as the DREAM Act, the ratification of the new START treaty and the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" will be dealt with before the end of the 111th Congress on January 4. If that means keeping his fellow Senators in session all the way through until then, so be it. So how did Republican Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona respond to this?

Naturally, by insinuating that Harry Reid and Democrats are insulting Christians. Tumbling down the rhetorical rabbit hole:

"It is impossible to do all of the things that the majority leader laid out without doing -- 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."

Set aside for a moment the pass-the-buck nature of Kyl's comment, the idea that it's "impossible" to get the same things done that Republicans have made a habit of obstructing (as Rachel and Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico explored in the segment above).

Reid isn't asking them to work on Saturday, the 25th. It's the week after, when quite a lot of us have to go back to work. But Kyl says to request that the Senate do so as well is "disrespecting" Christians, and he's implicitly asking Christians to share in his indignation. (Imagine the scene of a snow-plow driver on Christmas morning, steamed not that he has to work on Saturday, but that Jon Kyl and his Senatorial ilk will have to work on Monday. Heathens, those Democrats!)

Who knew fake outrage was in the holiday spirit?


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