Durbin coins 'Cliffmas'

The elves are wrapping gifts, Santa’s readying his sleigh and Sen. Dick Durbin (Ill.) is counting down the days. But the Democratic whip isn’t necessarily waiting for Christmas — he’s coined a new term for a not-so-jolly occasion: “Cliffmas.”

In a Tuesday speech, Durbin explained, “Twenty-one days until Christmas, 27 days until Cliffmas. That’s the fiscal cliff, Dec. 31.”

He added, “Two-thirds of Americans are watching this debate on Capitol Hill because it affects every single family, every individual.”

No telling if “Cliffmas” will catch on this holiday season.