Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) were supposed to have a Festivus “feats of strength” battle on the Senate floor, but Paul decided against it, leaving the two wildly popular men of their respective parties to hashtag it out over Twitter.
Paul started it when he jokingly tweeted that he would be “airing his grievances” as a part of the fictional, Seinfeld-created holiday tradition Festivus.
In an episode called “The Strike,” George Costanza’s father, Frank, describes how the holiday originated.
“Many Christmases ago, I went to buy a doll for my son,” he tells Kramer. “I reach for the last one they had—but so did another man. As I rained blows upon him, I realized there had to be another way!” So he invented “Festivus for the rest of us!” Rawstory reports.
One of the traditional elements of the Festivus celebration is “the airing of grievances.” Rand Paul used the opportunity to tweet that Booker doesn’t re-tweet him enough.
“One more Festivus grievance about bipartisanship. @CoryBooker doesn’t RT me enough.”
Booker quickly decided that they move to the next level of Festivus, “the feats of strength.”
“U, me & ‘feats of strength:’ Senate floor, name the time MT,” Booker tweeted.