The best Christmas movie is, obviously, The Muppet Christmas Carol, followed by Gremlins. (Gremlins is a better movie overall, but it’s a year-round masterpiece; Michael Caine-as-Scrooge dancing with the Ghost of Christmas Present hits differently in December, y’know?) But “Marley and Marley” was nowhere to be found during a practice vote among House Democrats on Thursday. If you want to use this as an example of everything wrong with the Democratic Party, I will not disagree.
“House Democrats voted today on their favorite Christmas movie, as a practice vote before virtual leadership elections, per a person familiar,” Natalie Andrews, the Wall Street Journal‘s Congress reporter, tweeted. “Choices: Love Actually, Polar Express, Home Alone, Die Hard, and Miracle on 34th Street.” And what did they pick? Miracle on 34th Street, presumably the black-and-white version from 1947, not the 1994 version that’s one of only two movies I have ever walked out of. (Seven-year-old was having none of John Hammond as Santa.) Miracle is the safe choice of the five options — it’s the most “real meaning of Christmas” movie, maybe ever, and it doesn’t have stalkers, or Tom Hanks’ uncanny valley eyes, or terrorist takeovers, and it didn’t lead to a sequel with Donald Trump. But just because it’s safe, that doesn’t mean it’s the right choice.
Typical safe mainstream choice by pols
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) December 3, 2020
“Typical safe mainstream choice by pols. At least they included the best Christmas movie in the candidates tho,” CNN’s Jake Tapper wrote, along with a GIF of Die Hard‘s John McClane saying, “Got invited to the Christmas party by mistake. Who knew?” At least that’s one debate settled. Other reactions poured in about the vote:
If we need another reminder at how our leadership has failed us it’s this and the fact that it’s not A Muppet Christmas Carol https://t.co/exPyMn4HnW
— 𝙳𝚎𝚎𝚙 𝚂𝚝𝚘𝚗𝚎 𝙺𝚒𝚝 ❄️✨ (@ikissmonsters) December 3, 2020
POLAR EXPRESS is an abomination. https://t.co/A2KQF7spcp
— Sonny Bunch (@SonnyBunch) December 3, 2020
Congress is full of old people with bad taste https://t.co/xbDdIxuaBG
— The White Man Bon Iver (@CharlesPulliam) December 3, 2020
not a single vote for hustlers, an american christmas classic?
i'm troubled by our leaders. 😞 https://t.co/hCEcxLq1kv
— ryan carey-mahoney 😷 (@thegoodcarmah) December 3, 2020
Why was POLAR EXPRESS considered one of the 5 best Christmas movies??????? https://t.co/jVGwECo5dm
— Dana Schwartz (@DanaSchwartzzz) December 3, 2020
Polar Express is an abomination. I demand someone investigate this vote for fraud. https://t.co/e5z8z8q7mB
— Chris Evangelista (@cevangelista413) December 3, 2020
smdh that the so-called party of American workers did not pick the most obvious labor-friendly Christmas movie: THE IRISHMAN https://t.co/FppLZHj6tW
— Benjamin Freed (@brfreed) December 3, 2020
The….Polar Express? Have the House Dems only seen these five Christmas movies? https://t.co/uDWQebDQs0
— Josh Spiegel (@mousterpiece) December 3, 2020
Impeach anyone that voted for Polar Express. https://t.co/mzGMGuAfYn
— Aaron Starmer (@AaronStarmer) December 3, 2020
— Justin Scuiletti (@JSkl) December 3, 2020
Elf is not on this list so it is not at all credible. https://t.co/PdzYrBuI19
— Jennifer Hayden (@Scout_Finch) December 3, 2020
SMH at their Muppet Christmas Carol erasure https://t.co/b1w5U8CDk8
— Amy Miller (@ThatAmyMiller) December 3, 2020
At least include Bad Santa, jeez.
(Via Twitter/Natalie Andrews)