In what could either be the most brilliant idea ever, or the biggest disaster to hit Washington in decades, Minnesota Senator Al Franken has proposed a bipartisan “Secret Santa” gift exchange in Congress.
Well, he did used to be a comedian.
“We did Secret Santa when I was in grade school. I remember one year I picked this kid who used to intimidate me on the playground. Turns out after we got to know each other and we became friends. So, I thought Secret Santa would be a good way to cut through the partisan divide here in the Senate. And who knows, maybe it will create some unlikely friendships.”
According to the Times, 58 of the 100 senators are participating, but despite the lack of a super majority they are going through with the exchange anyway. Sadly, names were drawn out of a hat, which means we might not get to see what fun things Minority Leader Mitch McConnell would get Majority Leader Harry Reid, or vice versa. And the gifts are capped at $10, although that can still buy a few boxes of tea for South Carolina Republican Jim DeMint.
So far, Republicans have not demanded the cost of the gifts be offset by welfare cuts. Yet.
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