Who Wants to Stick Coal In A Senator’s Stocking?

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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James C.
James C6 years ago

What they should get are pink slips for not doing there jobs if this was there biggest issue in december we are all screwed. also i bet the gifts will be tax write offs.

Deanna J.
Deanna J6 years ago

Coal is too expensive and environmentally destructive. I'd rather send my reps/sens cat poo. My cat makes that for free, and it's biodegradable!

alex l.
alex l6 years ago

i wouldn't want to give them coal - too expensive and positive.
i do have several kitty litter boxes that need cleaning out - i could send them the same thing they have been giving us for years.
i would even wrap it prettily.

David Anderson
David Anderson6 years ago

Marie W.
8:34pm PST on Dec 2, 2011
Love to, but who has a bag that big?

You may have to rent a truck!

Marianne C.
Marianne C6 years ago

Give them all a tiny little pinwheel for wind turbine energy. Maybe they'll get the point. If they sit on it.

Marie W.
Marie W6 years ago

Love to, but who has a bag that big?

Sharon H.
Sharon H6 years ago

Al should run for President in 2016......

Dorothy Gonzales
Dorothy Gonzales6 years ago

a stick of dyamite might wake them up not for it to go off but to let them know how we feel

Vivianne Mosca-Clark

Great idea ! We could send some mercury coal to them........think they will a idea????
Ya know what is scary to me? All those people are supposed to be highly intelligent!!!