Seinfeld Writer Suggests Rand Paul’s Festivus Rant Made Holiday Uncool

AP

Festivus’ pop-culture dominance may have run its course with Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-KY) anti-Washington tweeting spree.

At least that’s what Dan O’Keefe, the “Seinfeld” writer whose odd family tradition inspired the fake holiday, implied Tuesday on CNN’s “New Day.”

“When Rand Paul tries to seem relevant with 15-year-old pop cultural references, it reminds me of when Bob Hope used to dress up as the Fonz, but that’s just me,” O’Keefe said, as quoted by Politico.

Paul wrote a lengthy series of tweets Monday that aired his Festivus grievances, from parking in Washington, D.C. to the latest budget deal. But if O’Keefe had it his way, as he explained to “New Day,” his “family disgrace” wouldn’t have made it to television in the first place, let alone pervaded American pop culture.

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