Thursday, December 19, 2013

Santa’s Secret

Taking the debate on Santa’s ethnicity to a new height — that of hilarity — Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) suggests to NPR that the jolly old elf might be Jewish.


The Senate is expected to vote today on the bipartisan budget act of 2013, and it’s likely to pass. In the current toxic political environment, bipartisan is often a dirty word, but as NPR congressional correspondent Tamara Keith reports, the fussing was put on hold at least briefly last night for a gift exchange.

TAMARA KEITH, BYLINE: The idea for the Senate Secret Santa gift exchange came from Minnesota Democrat Al Franken.

SENATOR AL FRANKEN: Well, why not?

KEITH: Who happens to be Jewish.

FRANKEN: You know, there’s been a lot of controversy about the ethnicity of Santa lately, and he may – maybe, you know, he’s Jewish. He could be Jewish.

Well, why not?  He has to work on Christmas Eve, which most observant Christians take as a holiday.

As NTodd notes, what’s next?  Suggesting that Jesus might be Jewish?  Oy.

3 barks and woofs on “Santa’s Secret

  1. My second favorite Senator, the first being Sherrod Brown whom Chris Matthews is urging to run for vice with Hillary. Hell, I’d prefer him to her. But a Jewish Santa? Or maybe a black one? Whatever the kids in the family prefer. Even a Chinese one, sort of yellowish brown and non-denominational.

    • I saw my first black Santa back in the late 1950’s at Carranor when Jimmy Aiken dressed up and put CLW on his knee. I don’t remember being surprised by it.

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