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Leahy Gets Awesome Batman Snuggie in Senate Secret Santa Exchange


Who ever said a Vermont liberal and a Utah tea partier couldn't put their differences aside and bask in the glow of the holiday season?

That's what happened this week when Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) drew Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) in the second annual Senate Secret Santa. They were two of sixty U.S. senators — 40 Democrats and 20 Republicans — who took part in this year's gift exchange, which was organized by funny-man Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.).

Lee's gift to Leahy? (Keep in mind: There's a $10 limit.)

A Batman Snuggie.

"He just thought it was an appropriate gift, given the fact that Sen. Leahy made a cameo in the recent Dark Knight film," says Lee spokeswoman Emily Bennion. "And it's cold up in Vermont, so he thought that would be the perfect gift for Sen. Leahy."

Leahy (not pictured in Snuggie at right) has made appearances in four Batman films over the years.

If you think that's cute — and it is — wait 'til you get a load of the poem Lee wrote and sent along with the Snuggie:

Asked if her boss was a poet, Bennion said, "I'm not sure we could call him a poet. I'm not sure how much poetry he's written in his day, but we thought that would be a good tie-in with the blanket."

Leahy, in turn, drew Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) in the gift exchange. So what'd the Vermont Dem buy the Wyoming Republican?

"He gave him a page-a-day Tundra calendar, Senator Enzi's favorite comic strip," discloses Leahy spokesman David Carle.

Apparently, it was a hit.

"He loves it," says Enzi spokesman Daniel Patrick Head. "It's his favorite comic that runs in the Casper Star Tribune, which is the largest newspaper in the state."

As for Vermont's junior senator, Bernie Sanders?

According to U.S. News and World Report, the Secret Santa invitation gave Ol' Bernardo a bit of a shout-out:

"As we did last year, we considered the possibility that Independent Senators Sanders and Lieberman could simply gift each other, but decided once again that would ruin the suspense so crucial to any successful Secret Santa," the invite read.

So what did Sanders give and get?

Actually, his office says, Sanders chose not to play those reindeer games.

Bah humbug!

Lest you think he's too much of a Grinch, though, Sanders' office did note that he's hosting members and staff of Vermont's congressional delegation at a holiday party in his office Wednesday evening.

We'll drink eggnog to that!



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