Rand Paul celebrates 'Festivus,' tweeting grievances with Washington
December 23rd, 2013
10:26 AM ET
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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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soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    Give me a freaking break. Rand Paul LIVES Washington politics 24/7.

    December 23, 2013 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  2. tom l

    Festivus for the rest of us!

    December 23, 2013 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  3. Doug

    If Harry Reid didn't this Fox news would be calling him names for sullying Christmas by giving this secular "holiday" publicity. But since it's a Republican it's all good.

    December 23, 2013 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  4. Andrew

    He is a bit of a kook, but it is nice to see a non-christian/jew in Washington.

    December 23, 2013 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  5. Bill Davenport

    Sen. Paul clearly has waaayyyy too much time on his hands. Merry Christmas anyway, Senator.

    December 23, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  6. Anonymous

    Rant "celebrates" Festivus every day of the year. Poor unhappy little guy. Kinda silly don't you think?

    December 23, 2013 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  7. NotInKYAnymore

    Sen. Paul is such a hypocrite..... Complaining the Senate Cafeteria doesn't have burgoo while slashing $$$ to the SNAP program... Going on the record as saying he would have terminated Hillary Clinton, if he could, for not reading 2 million plus cables the State Department gets a year, while obviously not reading the plagiarized speeches his staff creates for him. And this guy thinks he become President.... Good luck...

    December 23, 2013 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  8. Tampa Tim

    @mcwsunshine
    Tampa Tim; You are living in a world of unicorns and rainbows. When you come back to the real world we can talk. There are some nice ideas in this bill, but those are just ideas with no rational way to implement them, as we have seen as the implementation of obamacare rolls over the American public. Believe me, Tim, there is much more devastation to come for us Americans and for our economy.

    I really do not believe you! You have no solutions, and report only what Hannity and Limbaugh tell you. Social security and Medicare are examples of the devastation? Give it up, you are on the wrong side of history.

    December 23, 2013 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  9. Thomas

    Randy Paul / Marco Rubio 2016
    Twitting for the Stars , Twitting for Freedom

    What happened to these two guys , they act like there still in high school.

    December 23, 2013 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  10. sonny chapman

    Rand Paul=Me,Me,Me. And he really ain't as smart as he thinks he is. Got plenty of ego though.

    December 23, 2013 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  11. PtBarnumBoy

    Crazy apples apparently fall near the tree too.

    December 23, 2013 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  12. Mark P

    All he needs to do now is to put the aluminum pole where his sun don't shine...

    December 23, 2013 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  13. jason

    LOL hte grinch complains again

    December 23, 2013 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  14. Brian

    He should not be alone. It's yours and your kids' money these politician are using to buy votes and line their pockets. We all should be upset about the way government spends. The limit should mean something – learn to live within your means Washington.

    December 23, 2013 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  15. Frederic H Young

    Grow up jerk and learn how to legislate!

    December 23, 2013 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  16. P D

    Just another extremeists trying to make the most noise to stand out in the crowded field of the extreme. One will have a shot at tne nomination, but probalby won't be nominated anyway. If they were nominated they would never be elected.

    December 23, 2013 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  17. VET-2

    I'd like to take him on for the "pinning" of the host part!!! Mr. Bigmouth Paul, if not me then who?

    December 23, 2013 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  18. myway

    Didn't realize tea partiers are leading such tortured lives. Perhaps Rand should get some advice from his dad. Oops, strike that. Bad idea.

    December 23, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  19. Bill

    In Washington, "bipartisan deal" is a synonym for "increasing our debt" – Right you are Senator.

    Fed policies make you poorer, and hurt the poor and middle class the most. Ridiculous monetary policies increase the costs of goods. – Right again.

    December 23, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  20. Fladabosco

    I have a grievance I'd like Rand Paul to address: why a guy who continually whines about government spending wants to INCREASE the US military budget. We already spend over half the world's military budget and we are ONE country. Hypocrite!

    December 23, 2013 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  21. Bruce371

    Here is a thought. How about Senator Paul doing his work instead of being on Twitter all morning. Does anyone really care that he can't remember street cleaning day or when to move his car?

    December 23, 2013 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  22. John

    Mr. Paul. How foolish of me to believe that good Christians spend more time counting their blessings than complaining. Life has never been, and never will be, perfect. You, however, have been far more fortunate than many, many people in the world. In this Christmas season, quit your complaining and start counting your many blessings. Merry Christmas!

    December 23, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  23. Juergen

    A good way for Rand Paul to help fix DC is stay away from it. Forever.

    December 23, 2013 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  24. Festivusfortherestofus

    Mr Paul. Please place the Festivus aluminum pole where de moon doesn't shine.

    December 23, 2013 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  25. JG

    Senator Paul is way to extreme to win a presidential election. He will get very little support outside of Kentucky. He will get about as far as Michele Bachman did. And, we all know how wacky her ideas were. I think one of Se. Paul's ideas that would get good support is to stop meddling in other countries business/problems. Other than that, he is quite extreme.

    December 23, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
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