The Chatter: Rand Paul celebrates Festivus on Twitter

12/23/2015 02:20 PM

For the third straight year, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul celebrated the Seinfeld-inspired holiday “Festivus” on Wednesday, targeting his fellow presidential candidates and the federal government as he aired his grievances for the year.

For those who are unfamiliar with Festivus, the Dec. 23 faux holiday became popular in thanks to a 1997 episode of “Seinfeld” where the holiday was celebrated with a dinner, a bare aluminum Festivus pole, and an airing of grievances.

Paul’s grievances were many this year, starting with those vying for the White House and sparing neither Democrat nor Republican.

Paul swung his first Festivus punch at GOP presidential front runner Donald Trump.

“Where to start but @realDonaldTrump. If u bring the Yiddish, know what it means. Guess that’s more of a kvetch than a grievance #Festivus”

He took one more jab at Trump, saying after debates Trump tries to give gifts of ties made in China.

Then the Kentucky senator turned his Festivus focus to the man in the number two spot for the Republican nomination, fellow U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, winding up to land a blow about Cruz being born in Canada.

His jab at Cruz, though, seems more playful than the insults he lobbed at Trump.

“My friend @tedcruz has still not pledged to issue exec order declaring Canadian “bacon” is not real bacon. Makes me suspicious. #Festivus”

He goes on to hit Ben Carson and his more soft-spoken nature that comes across as subdued to some on the debate stage, then New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie before turning his attention to fellow U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, continuing to attack the Florida senator for missing Senate votes.

“to my absentee friend @marcorubio, I didn’t put your $170k+ salary in my waste report today. But I could have #Festivus”

Paul shifts his focus briefly to the Democratic presidential race, taking a shot at U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and his self-described Democratic socialism. He then launched a seemingly more benign blow toward former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, comparing her to Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina in saying that Fiorina never has a problem returning to the debate stage after a commercial break.

Paul then pivots back to land one last shot on the republican side, throwing a grievance tweet at former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and what he sees as Bush trying to change debate rules.

Paul, taking little break, suggests people consider making a donation to his campaign while he retired to the corner of the Twitter boxing ring. When the bell for round two sounded Paul was back, ready to take aim at Washington waste, to which his grievances were many. Kicking things off with a link to his Wastebook that he released on all the ways he thinks Washington is throwing away money.

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