In his recent bid for governor, Republican Charles D. Baker was often trying to fend off the culture wars, be they fights over transgender rights or the debate over Arizonaís immigration law. The former CEO and policy wonk was much more at ease talking budget and reform.
But even Citizen Charlie Baker canít catch a break. This week, a cheerful and seemingly innocuous post on his Facebook page drew him into a bizarre skirmish in the War on Christmas.
"Huge crowd at Scott Brown's XMas Party on Friday night," he wrote. "It was great to see so many old and new friends. Doug Flutie's band rocks!..."
Those sounded like fighting words to some of his Facebook friends.
"How can you take CHRIST out of CHRISTmas???? What is up with x-mas???" wrote one.
"Christmas NOT Xmas" scolded another.
"Come on Charlie you sound like a Lib. leaving the Christ out of Christmas!!!"
And so on.
Baker did his best to quell the revolt.
"Shorthand on texting and FB is almost a necessity, given the space limitations," he wrote. "That said, if I sent the wrong impression, I apologize. Christ is why we have Christmas. It's as simple as that."
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