Rand Paul celebrates 'Festivus,' tweeting grievances with Washington
December 23rd, 2013
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Rand Paul celebrates 'Festivus,' tweeting grievances with Washington

(CNN) - Apparently, Sen. Rand Paul is a fan of the famed sitcom "Seinfeld" and unsurprisingly, not a fan of Washington.

The Kentucky Republican took to Twitter on Monday to partake in "Festivus," a quirky holiday-esqe tradition popularized in a 1997 episode of the show that is “celebrated” on December 23 and calls for, among other things, the airing of grievances.

Paul sent a barrage of tweets, expressing discontent with politics inside the Beltway - from the Federal Reserve to the just-passed bipartisan budget - interspersed with an assortment of otherwise conventional complaints - including the food in the Senate cafeteria and the D.C. street cleaning schedule.

Here are some of the highlights:

First, Washington:

Speaking of bipartisanship:

To which Cory Booker replied:

And the Senate:

D.C. parking:

And there's the Federal Reserve:

"Seinfeld" writer Dan O’Keefe himself weighed in on Paul's reference the next day.


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  1. Rosslaw

    Well, he should count his blessings that he has a fake board certification as an opthomalogist and that right wingers believe plagerism demonstrates original, out of the box thinking. And needless to say, his suggestion that we need to return to the 2007-08 glory days of right wing economics from which the Fed helped saved this country will receive a happy reception from the reality challenged.

    December 23, 2013 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    I wonder does he plagiarize his tweets as well.

    December 23, 2013 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    "Apparently, Sen. Rand Paul is a fan of the famed sitcom "Seinfeld" and unsurprisingly, not a fan of Washington."
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    I've never watched the show, not even one episode. They had a very serious problem with writing minorities into their scripts. They never really figured out how to do it.

    December 23, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  4. Tim

    One word describes Rand Paul perfectly and that word is "WEIRDO."

    December 23, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  5. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    HAH! So his atheism finally has come through!

    December 23, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  6. rtkmd

    The Fed is one of the few entities that gets high marks for its reaction to the financial crisis.

    December 23, 2013 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  7. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    So you can thank the Fed for your grocery and gas bills getting out or control.
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    Huh?!?! According to Tea Party logic, the President is responsible for gas prices increasing.

    December 23, 2013 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  8. Moonraker

    I just laugh when this guy says anything. As usual he's on the wrong side of every issue and he sounds like a loon.

    December 23, 2013 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  9. DarkKnight76

    Great to know he is worried about so many important things.

    December 23, 2013 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  10. Larry in Houston

    little do they know.....that some of those so called "tweets" will be more fodder for the Democrats to tell that stuff – when the primaries rolls around – they will end up repeating or "quoting" some of those dumb remarks – when they are running against the republicans – remember, what you say, can be turned around and be used against you, not necessarily in a court of law. – – Hey Rand, if I were you, I would keep my mouth shut – and stop those negative tweets

    December 23, 2013 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  11. Ron

    Where are all of his right-wing Christian supporters? They should be attacking him for celebrating the alternative, anti-Christian holiday of Festivus.

    December 23, 2013 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Rosslaw wrote:

    Well, he should count his blessings that he has a fake board certification as an opthomalogist and that right wingers believe plagerism demonstrates original, out of the box thinking. ... ... ...
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    And that, pretty much summarizes Rand Paul's mindset on plagiarism, and why he feels that he's done nothing wrong. The right wing is notorius for sending around memos and doctrines, which are chocked full of nutty talking points. The idea is for the recipient to take these scripts that have been passed around and use them verbatim. While it would not be considred plagiarism to use those scripted phrases verbatim, it is standard operating procedure to see stuff and simply copy and paste it into your own speech, article, or whatever.

    December 23, 2013 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  13. Ron

    The silence, so far, about Rand Paul's celebration of the anti-Christian Festivus, from his right-wing Christian supporters, is deafening. It wouldn't be hard to speculate why.

    December 23, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  14. Oh Nooo!

    Listen I'm a Democrat, to see some of these comments knocking this guy are stupid. You clowns are not even sure why your against him.

    December 23, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  15. Tom

    Really people? Rand wants to reign in the NSA. Where are you liberals on that one? And what is wrong with more transparency with the Fed? 85% of Americans agree with that. IS that being a loon when 85% of the public agrees with you? And with the NDAA allowing the military to indefinitely detain US Citizens. Yeah, he's against that too. 100% of the founding fathers would be disgusted with almost every politician in Washington. But not Rand Paul

    December 23, 2013 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  16. Tom

    And regarding plagiarism. He took a few lines from wikipedia. My god, who hasn't done that. You could find every politician misquoting items every day. At least he looked it up somewhere and just didn't blatantly lie like all the others!

    December 23, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  17. Mark

    Rand is a joke and not fit to shine his father's shoes. RON PAUL 2016.

    December 23, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  18. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Rudy NYC
    I've never watched the show, not even one episode. They had a very serious problem with writing minorities into their scripts. They never really figured out how to do it.
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    I thought I was the only one Rudy.
    Ditto with "Friends". Never watched it.

    December 23, 2013 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  19. marc

    Paul probably thinkis Festivus is a real thing, another bullet in the imaginary war on Christmas. And, it's not hard to get the religious fanatics riled up since they're already delusional, so get ready for an anti-Festivus campaign.

    December 23, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  20. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @ Rand Paul:
    Really dude? Nothing else to do?

    December 23, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  21. Oogie02

    People are so worried with the Tea Party and they should be!

    December 23, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  22. NYVeteran

    Why is it that all that Libertarians have to offer is complaints? Gripe moan and wail. Do they all need a higher fiber diet or a dose of ex lax to end their constipated rants? Rant Paul is not Presidential material. He isn't even Senate material.

    December 23, 2013 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  23. jimmy

    wow...rand paul tries to be humorous and light-hearted and the libs can't tell the difference btwn that and stupidity or mental imbalance. lighten up for cripes sake.

    December 23, 2013 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
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