Will RNC boss Priebus end his own personal “War on Christmas”?

The Republican National Committee, the headquarters of the Republican party, is selling t-shirts that inadvertently (one assumes) mock its own chairman, Reince Priebus, for saying “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas.”

As the GOP has become taken over more and more by angry, intolerant extremists, the party has also increasingly taken to lying about its positions.  The far-right conservatives running the GOP learned early on that voters at the national level don’t tend to vote Republican when the party tells the truth about its extreme positions.

Thus, this year, the Republican National Committee is selling t-shirts mocking Democrats for saying “Happy Holidays” when only twelve months ago, RNC Chair Reince Priebus said “Happy Holidays” in his official Christmas email greeting.  (The RNC announced late yesterday that it’s selling mugs mocking Priebus as well.)

Which either means that the head of the RNC is a liberal, or the Republican party is yet again lying about its position on an issue in order to curry favor with voters who apparently can’t stand to hear the truth about what the Republicans actually think, and say, and do.

Here’s Pribeus in December of 2012:


Yet only twelve short months later, the Rosie Gray at Buzzfeed reports that the RNC is selling t-shirts bashing the “liberals” for supposedly saying “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas”:


Oh it’s not only liberals. Here’s the RNC “Holiday Party” invite in 2011 – you’ll note a decided lack of the word “Christmas” anywhere:


Then there was the RNC “holiday ornament” a few years back in 2010 – that one hated Christmas too:


Of course, it’s not just the GOP party headquarters that hate Christmas, George W. Bush hated Christmas too.  Let’s start first with Bush’s Secretary of State, Condi Rice, and just how much Condi hated Christmas:

Well, well, well. It seems the Bush administration is yet again leading the war on Christmas. Last year you’ll recall it was George Bush’s White House taking the lead by calling the national Christmas tree a ‘holiday tree.’ Fox News was close behind with their Happy Holidays ornaments.

Well, according to the Washington Post, Condi’s State Department is telling our embassies around the world that they better not send any Christmas cards this year, and especially not in Muslim countries.

Oh yes, and as I note in the quote above, Bush called the National Christmas Tree the “holiday tree,” and even Fox News itself – including Bill O’Reilly – was selling “Happy Holidays” ornaments during the Bush years:


And you don’t need to go back to any earlier than yesterday to find Fox News’ Web site wishing you a “Happy Holidays” – check out the very last line of this article.  And one week before, the Fox News used the same “holiday” greeting to close this article too.

And GOP governor Rick Perry hates Christmas too.  Here’s Rick Perry’s 2010 Christmas card that forgot to include one very special word – can you guess which word?


There are many more examples, but suffice it to say that the Republican party is again lying to voters, dissing Jews, and just as bad, politicizing Christmas.

You’d think that the one time of year that the extreme intolerant fringe that now controls the GOP could find it in themselves to stop lying, and stop hating, would be Christmas.

You’d be wrong.

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34 Responses to “Will RNC boss Priebus end his own personal “War on Christmas”?”

  1. max843 says:

    My dad, an Episcopalian minister, would definitely agree with you. There were not even any carols sung in church until midnight at the Christmas Eve service.

    We didn’t put our tree up til Christmas Eve – I had always thought it was due to the rock bottom prices on the 24th (usually $3) but it turns out Dad really preferred it that way. (Mum and Dad were also extremely embracing of all other faiths, taking us to their services.)

    No presents were put out til “the night” as well, usually after the youngest ones were asleep. But we did leave our tree up the full 12 days of Christmas – and sometimes longer!

  2. Badgerite says:

    There is only one thing to say to this. HAMPSTER DANCE!

  3. ArthurH says:

    And the insanity continues. The right-wing American Family Association has called for a boycott of Radio Shack for the crime of advertising “holiday sales.” So much for the so-called defender of family values as it goes after a retail chain that refused to open on Thanksgiving so its workers could spend the holiday with their families.

  4. Karl Nance says:

    Several years ago, someone took a photo through the glass door to the offices of the National Review Online. The photo included a “Happy Holidays” greeting on the wall inside the office. So, why does the Pantload and K-Lo hate Christmas?

    BTW, I tried to find the photo and failed. Perhaps someone with more Google juju than myself could take a look.

  5. OtterQueen says:

    And falafel.

  6. BillFromDover says:

    These dofuses are fighting a war on sanity!

  7. Lar5 says:

    He also wrote God Bless America.

  8. Lar5 says:

    I’m Jewish, a liberal and I wish all my Christian friends a Merry Christmas. Happy Holidays to all others. The GOP/TEA has gone nuts!

  9. karmanot says:

    He gave up cannibalism for Lent last year.

  10. Houndentenor says:

    Doubtful. Or perhaps they can find out where his ex-wife attends mass too? He was trying to get their marriage annulled at some point. They have children so I think that’s probably difficult. (Not impossible but I don’t think he’s rich enough to pay for an annulment after having children from the marriage.)

  11. Houndentenor says:

    As evidenced by the sexual harassment claim that settled quickly once her lawyers told him that they had the recordings of the voice mails he left her.

  12. Monoceros Forth says:

    And even if they did convert they’d still be second-class. Sort of like with the ex-gays who have supposedly cured themselves of homosexuality by embracing the love of Christ. “Wonderful! You’re at one with the Lord now! You’re still gonna keep away from my children though.”

  13. Naja pallida says:

    Only in the sense that anyone of those particular faiths in the party are only being used by Republicans to claim diversity. They’re all second-tier Republicans who had better know their place, or be drummed out of the party.

  14. karmanot says:

    And a very Merry Holiday to Rinsed Penis and family!

  15. ArthurH says:

    Leave it to the Faux News people to take a holiday about peace on earth and bringing people together in the spirit of generosity and turn it into a divisive issue. I’d suggest they get coal and switches in their stockings, except many being against and new green energy sources would like the former and Bill O’Reilly already has a whole closet full of the latter.

  16. UncleBucky says:

    One sec here. If the GOP is all about Merry Christmas, then what about Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh and other Republicans? Are they not really Republican? Mwahahaah!

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  18. UncleBucky says:

    We need to find out where O’Reilly lives, that is, which parish he attends. Even if he goes cross town to a parish of his choice, someone like a TMZ should be able to flush him out after a 10:30 Mass, no?


  19. UncleBucky says:

    GOPers are LIBRULS???? The heck you say! ;o)

  20. The_Fixer says:

    Jeez, every year we hear this crap. When the hell are they going to just give it up?

    It hasn’t worked so far. They constantly bitch about “Happy Holidays”, yet it’s on all of their Christmas cards. And every year we have to listen to this “War on Christmas” crap when every year the shopping season starts earlier and people spend more.

    This is just plain F’in stupid.

  21. Badgerite says:

    The song Happy Holidays as sung by that raging anti Christmas singer Andy Williams.

  22. Morganti says:

    I have yet to find one substantiated article, or reference for the Christmas tree in the Whitehouse being called the “holiday tree” by either Republicans or Commie Kenyan Marxist Tree-Hugging Atheist Democrats.

    They’ve been trying to paint Obama with that stupid lie (see Facebook) since 2008. But I have yet to see any of our 44 Presidents actually do that…

    It’s such a dumb trope anyways… But as Jeff Foxworthy likes to say…

    if you’ve ever tried to convince a dumb person to vote for you, you might be a Republican.

  23. Naja pallida says:

    He claims he’s a practicing Catholic, but the only evidence I’ve seen of it is his rampant misogyny.

  24. Houndentenor says:

    And why would you? And why would she want you to?

    Does O’Reilly even go to church? If so, he’d know that it’s Advent for a few more weeks before we even get the Christmas.

  25. Houndentenor says:

    IT’S NOT CHRISTMAS. Advent only started two days ago. It’s not Christmas. Wishing someone a Merry Christmas on Dec 3 when Christmas is actually Dec 25-Jan 6 just shows you don’t know your own religion. Most of the Teavangelicals don’t. Most of the ones I know don’t even go to church. This is just something to be faux-outraged about. Enjoy the holidays. ALL of them.

  26. Naja pallida says:

    See, there’s one fundamental difference. I watch Rachel Maddow, I like Rachel Maddow, but I would never, EVER, decorate my home with anything with Rachel Maddow’s name on it at any time of year. Well, except maybe if I was having Bill O’Reilly over for dinner. Then I’d probably put a giant framed portrait of her in the dining room.

  27. Naja pallida says:

    Irving Berlin was a strong supporter of Eisenhower, and a hard working man who absolutely refused to put his money in tax shelters because he said that he felt paying his taxes was his patriotic duty. That alone makes him a flaming liberal to Republicans.

  28. Monoceros Forth says:

    To a fundie, it makes him an unconverted Jew.

  29. gratuitous says:

    “Petty” is le mot juste. There’s nothing so small, so insignificant, so otherwise un-noteworthy that these demagogues won’t try to pump it up into a controversy. Yes, they look foolish to the majority of folks who notice, but they’re really just offering comfort and joy (heh) to their most depraved followers.

  30. nicho says:

    But the knuckle draggers and mouth breathers who form the GOP base are never going to figure this out. So, they’re safe.

  31. Monoceros Forth says:

    For crying out loud. It’s just so appallingly petty and childish thing to turn into a cause, this self-righteous fixation on a meaningless expression of ostentatious piety. I’m also mortally sick of how the Bible-thumping types need to have their precious faith mollycoddled and cosseted along with constant public affirmations of it.

  32. BillFromDover says:


  33. fletcher says:

    If saying “Happy Holidays” makes you a liberal, what does that make Irving Berlin who wrote a song by that title?

  34. Clevelandchick says:

    They used Comic Sans for their font, that says all you really need to know about the Republican party.

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