KEN MEHLMAN HATES CHRISTMAS!….I was about to delete the mass email from Ken Mehlman this morning without reading it (The “We’re bringing the Inauguration to you!” subject line was too depressing, especially since I can see inauguration parade preparations from my office window as it is…) But, boy, I’m glad I did, because now I’m starting to believe that there really is a war on Christmas.

“Dear Amy,” it began, “I hope you and your family had happy holidays.” Oh my gosh! There is is–that evil phrase, the mere utterance of which has the power to obliterate Christmas from all hearts and minds. Bill O’Reilly, Bill Donohue, and the other wingnuts have just been blaming the wrong people for the attack on Christmas. It’s not the liberal elites. It’s the conservative elites, the head of the Republican National Committee, no less. What does Ken Mehlman have against Christmas, anyway? (Okay, so he’s Jewish, but still…) Next thing you know, I bet he’ll want to ban religious music from national party conventions. He must be stopped.

Boy, oh boy, I can’t wait to tune into the “O’Reilly Factor” tonight to hear Bill denounce Mehlman’s support of the “anti-Christmas forces.”

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Amy Sullivan is a Chicago-based journalist who has written about religion, politics, and culture as a senior editor for Time, National Journal, and Yahoo. She was an editor at the Washington Monthly from 2004 to 2006.