Yes, we know it's the time of year for fellowship and good cheer, but give us a moment to throw a few lumps of coal before we move on to a mood of peace and benevolence and love for our fellow creatures.
First, Nikki Haley, US Ambassador to the United Nations: "I'm taking names"--this sounds exactly like our third grade teacher. And: "We won't forget this"--the tearful words of a fourteen-year-old girl after a high school spat.
And Donald Trump, you know who he is. His preening posture when appearing on camera suggests he is pausing after every sentence to admire his performance. And why not? He is his own biggest fan.
Finally, the coveted Scrooge McDuck Award. Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell was in the running, but the clear winner is Speaker of the House Paul "Swing that Gavel" Ryan.
A Merry Christmas to them all.