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Posted at 9:52 AM ET, 12/16/2010

Reid, Kyl and the ridiculous 'war on Christmas'

By Jonathan Capehart

You know, I'm not one to stick up for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, but the "war on Christmas" he finds himself in is ridiculous.

Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Whinersville) complained that Reid's push to vote on the new START treaty before Christmas was "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." To which Reid righteously replied, "As a Christian, no one has to remind me of the importance of Christmas for all of the Christian faith, for all their families, all across America." Snap!

But the best response to this literal holier-than-thou senatorial spat came from Vice President Biden.

"And don't tell me about Christmas," Biden told NBC News's Andrea Mitchell in an exclusive interview at the United Nations yesterday."There's 10 days between now and Christmas. I hope I don't get in the way of your Christmas shopping, but this is the nation's business....[N]ational security is at stake. Act! Act!"

Yes, act! -- on START; on repeal of don't ask don't tell, and on anything else on the legislative plate. Working people couldn't possibly take off before Christmas (if they are among the lucky ones who can) without completing all of their work. Neither should Congress.

By Jonathan Capehart  | December 16, 2010; 9:52 AM ET
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Questions Jonathan:
1. why must anyone act on DADT or the DREAM Act before Christmas? Could it be that if they are not acted upon now they will never be passed?

2. Kyl is absolutely right to hold up START until the new year. This treaty is definitely NOT something i want this liberal congress rubberstamping.

3. MERRY CHRISTMAS! What a wonderful phrase it is in ALL of its meanings.

Posted by: bryanmcoleman | December 16, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

I guess those last two aren't questions. But i think you and the rest of the liberals get the point.

Posted by: bryanmcoleman | December 16, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

There is no reason what so ever to close the Senate, or the house, for a religious holiday. Chain them to their desks and get on about the business of governing.

Posted by: slenon | December 16, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

They -congress- work and average of 157 days a year! this is pure failed hypocrisy! Would like an account of the last time Kyl and gang graced a sanctuary!

BS!

Posted by: jetlone | December 16, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

The repugs don't want to pass Start because they want to take credit for it. If they don't want to be in session this close to Christmas they should find another line of work.

Posted by: blarsen1 | December 16, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Oh no!! The right doesn't know that milions work on X-Mas Day???? The blasphemy!!

The right thinks that everyone goes to church on 12/25 and then goes home to get drunk? or goes to church drunk on 12/25?

Can the right wing get any dumber??

Sadly....yes they can.

Posted by: Reflex1 | December 16, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Oh no!! The right doesn't know that milions work on X-Mas Day???? The blasphemy!!

The right thinks that everyone goes to church on 12/25 and then goes home to get drunk? or goes to church drunk on 12/25?

Can the right wing get any dumber??

Sadly....yes they can.

Posted by: Reflex1 | December 16, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

These two clowns are doing what they do best. Keep the morons fired up on non issues while they work to strip the people clean. Its worked so far.

Posted by: fare777 | December 16, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Reid, Pelosi, & co. decided that their elections were more important than a budget or authorization of government operation. Somehow, gays and illegals are more important than Christmas.

Let them do nothing. That will shut down the government at the end of the week. A Christmas present to America.

Posted by: kitchendragon50 | December 16, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Nothing more demonstrates the asinine thinking of Kyl and Demint than these silly suggestions that insinuate that Senator Harry Reid is being sacriligious by keeping the Senate in session until Christmas. There is something downright despicable in these suggestions. We have young men and women fighting and dying on far away battlefields and they don't get the luxury of going home on Christmas like the fat, lazy, sanctimonious oafs Kyl and Demint. Frankly, I think they should both be censured by the Senate for making such outrageous statements. At the very least an apology is in order.

What a pair of pious, sanctimonious hypocrites!

Posted by: jaxas70 | December 16, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

I can count many a Christmas Eve when I was at work back when I was a Gov't employee...

Why are they so special?


Posted by: jgmann | December 16, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Bryan, I know only one meaning of "Merry Christmas." Please enlighten us, o Wise One.

Posted by: Ralphinjersey | December 16, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

I only get Christmas Eve and the day after Christmas off this year because Christmas falls on a Saturday. I have ZERO sympathy for these whiny legislators. Do your work! (And you've had since April to read the START treaty, so don't give me that "we don't know what we're voting on" nonsense.)

Posted by: lizgwiz | December 16, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Senator Ried has controlled the agenda of the Senate for the past two year. He has focused not on what needs to get done, but pushing an agenda in which the public has no interest.

The Republicans are under no obligation to bail Ried out for his arrogance and consummate stupidity.

Posted by: Crmudgeon | December 16, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Seems it's ALWAYS about political gamesmanship, not about the country's business. While there's plenty of blame to be shared, Kyl and crew deserve the lion's share of the contempt.

Posted by: post_reader_in_wv | December 16, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Senator Ried has controlled the agenda of the Senate for the past two year. He has focused not on what needs to get done, but pushing an agenda in which the public has no interest.

Posted by: Crmudgeon | December 16, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse
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Actually, Crmudgeon. The people who voted for Reid like the agenda that he is pushing. You don't speak for all of America no matter what the tea party thinks.

As for Senator Kyl, I find it completely ironic that this guy thinks the unemployed are just lazy but he himself doesn't want to work the WEEK before Christmas. Although it doesn't take much energy to vote NO.

Posted by: wmwilliams14 | December 16, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

If the republicans shut down our government again, they can kiss their Party bye-bye. Too many of us have had it with these stunts in place of passing legislation to aid the country... and tax cuts for the rich are opposed by over 70% of us.
And it is the repubs who are threatening ( again ) to shut down the government, not the Dems. Their reason: the over 8 billion in pork in the overall bill to keep the govenment running. So don't give us this malarkey about the Dems being responsible... once again, the only Party who pulls this irresponsible crap is the Party of the Rich.

Posted by: badgervan | December 16, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Except for Christmas day, a Saturday, and on the other weekends, I have to work all of the other week days. Why cannot the elected people do the same? Our troops in the Mid-East will not have the day off.

Posted by: lynnlm | December 16, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

to all,

the ONLY reason that "Prince Harry" wants to do START and a lot of other "progressive" SILLINESS now is that he is (correctly) afraid that the elitist, arrogant, ignorant, antisemetic, terminally dishonest DIMocRATS won't be able to pass any of his LEFTIST/STUPID nonsense in Jan, when there is time to actually READ the bills.

also, "Prince Harry" is so STUPID and/or "out of touch with reality" that he believes that we voters will forget what the DIMocRAT extremists have "shoved down our throats" by 2012. = we will NOT forget.

the time for the DIMocRAT lunatics is FAST running out!= the DIMocRATS are FINISHED as a major political party & BHO is leaving the WH, in shame, on 01/20/13.=====> passing obamacare, when 70+% of Americans just said "NO, NO, NO!" was "the blow that killed father".

note: IF you are as angry & disgusted with the mess that the DIMocRAT leftists have made of our nation over the last two years, as our members are, join your local TEA PARTY & help uus remove the fools/idiots/leftists from EVERY level of government from the local courthose to the WH.
we TEA PARTIERS want our republic returned to CONSTITUTIONAL sanity.

yours, TN46
coordinator, CCTPP

Posted by: texasnative46 | December 18, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

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