It would appear that several conservative Republican senators missed the reading from the Book of Matthew that goes: “Judge not, that ye be not judged.”
After learning that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, would be keeping the chamber in session in the days leading up to Christmas, with an eye toward securing passage of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), these Republican senators did not react by declaring their pride at being able to further the mission of the Prince of Peace by limiting the likelihood of nuclear war.
Instead, they grumbled that any Senate Majority Leader who messed with their Holiday shopping schedules must be a very poor Christian indeed.
“It is impossible to do all of the things that the majority leader laid out without disrespecting the institution and without disrespecting one of the two holiest of holidays for Christians,” fretted Arizona Senator Jon Kyl, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate.
South Carolina Jim DeMint, the fiercest of the Senate’s conservatives, was even more charged up about Reid’s supposedly desecration of Christmas.
“It’s sacrilegious and disrespectful," DeMint griped. "What’s going on here is just wrong. This is the most sacred holiday for Christians."
Actually, Easter tends generally to get the higher billing.
And, as just about everyone predicted, the Senate approved the START Treaty and finished one of the most productive lame-duck sessions in congressional history well before St. Nick’s departure.
But DeMint’s point was clear enough: People who perform public service when they should be shopping are bad Christians. And, if anyone in America did not get it, former White House political czar Karl Rove, the living embodiment of Christian charity, shouted into the FOX News echo chamber that Reid was “the guy who tried to steal Christmas.” Picking up on that theme, Fox host Megyn Kelly asked, “Is Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid a Grinch? Is he trying to Scrooge his colleagues with plans to keep the Senate in session until Christmas Eve and then call everyone back before New Year’s?”