The reelection campaign of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) wants you to donate money to him to help him fight the "War On Christmas." In a fundraising blast sent out Thursday and posted by Kentucky blogger Joe Sonka, his campaign manager, Jesse Benton wrote: "This War on Christmas is real, and it's unconstitutional. Please take a stand right now and chip-in with $50, $25, or $10 to help us protect Christmas."
Benton then launched into a tirade against "left-wing special interests" trying to torpedo Christmas traditions:
Christmas is a time for celebration with family and friends, but more and more often we're seeing our Christmas traditions attacked and dismantled by left-wing special interests that use the money from their liberal donors to squeeze Christmas-loving Americans into submission. From middle schools to high schools, city halls to state legislatures, left-wing extremists are waging a war on the very thing that brings so many families together during the holidays.
Americans shouldn't have to live in fear of being sued because they placed a Nativity scene in their front yard, and our schools shouldn't have to worry about whether they can allow our children to sing Christmas carols in a Christmas concert. This is commonsense. But so often, these extreme liberals remind us that they don't have any of that.
He later asked for donations again: "Let these anti-Christmas extremists know that they won't win this fight. Chip-in with $50, $25, or $10 right now to make your voice heard!"
McConnell, however, recently chose a more inclusive holiday message, wishing the armed forces of America a "Merry Christmas and a Happy Holidays" in a YouTube video posted on Wednesday.
The so-called "War on Christmas" is a perennial form of political and media outrage on the conservative right ginned up by Fox News, but has roots going as far back as 17th century England. Fox News' Bill O'Reilly declared "victory" in the war this week that he said he had been fighting for nine years. Despite his words, Fox News aired a "Happy Holidays" message during the program.
Here's a screenshot of the email: