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."
"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.
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.