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.
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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.