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Democratic Senator Mark Udall (CO) has drafted a petition for Congress in an attempt to garner support for having Republicans and Democrats sit together at the State of the Union speech, instead of continuing the centuries old tradition of sitting by party.

From Sen. Udall:

Dear Majority Leader Reid, Speaker Boehner, Minority Leaders McConnell and Pelosi:

We, the undersigned members of Congress, believe that partisan seating arrangements at State of the Union addresses serve to symbolize division instead of the common challenges we face in securing a strong future for the United States.

As we all know, the tenor and debate surrounding our politics has grown ever more corrosive - ignoring the fact that while we may take different positions, we all have the same interests. This departure from statesmanship and collegiality is fueled, in part, by contentious campaigns and divisive rhetoric. Political differences will always generate a healthy debate, but over time the dialogue has become more hateful and at times violent. But now the opportunity before us is to bring civility back to politics. It is important to show the nation that the most powerful deliberative bodies in the world can debate our differences with respect, honor and civility. We believe that it is not only possible, but that it is something that nearly all members of Congress truly desire. To that end, we suggest setting a small, but important, new tradition in American politics.

At the State of the Union address, on January 25th, instead of sitting in our usual partisan divide, let us agree to have Democrats and Republicans sitting side by side throughout the chamber. Beyond custom, there is no rule or reason that on this night we should emphasize divided government, separated by party, instead of being seen united as a country. The choreographed standing and clapping of one side of the room - while the other side sits - is unbecoming of a serious institution. And the message that it sends is that even on a night when the President is addressing the entire nation, we in Congress cannot sit as one, but must be divided as two.

On the night of the State of the Union address, we are asking others to join us - House and Senate members from both parties - to cross the aisle and sit together. We hope that as the nation watches, Democrats and Republicans will reflect the interspersed character of America itself. Perhaps by sitting with each other for one night we will begin to rekindle that common spark that brought us here from 50 different states and widely diverging backgrounds to serve the public good.

How unifying. Makes me feel all fuzzy and hopeful inside.

Udall's long-winded lecture displying his new-found desire for political civility obviously originates from the Arizona shootings.  As much as the left has tried to link the shooter's motivations with the "heated" political climate (created solely by eeeeeevil Republicans), there is just no proof of that. Even if there was, it would be meaningless. The killer is mentally unbalanced, to put it nicely. Anyone who can do something like this is emotionally unhinged. No kind of outside stimuli is needed.

This gimmick from Udall has nothing to do with showing civility.

How conveniently coincidental this chump has his revelation only after Republicans out-number Democrats in Congress.  It's just a transparent ploy to make it less noticeable for people watching to distinguish which party has more members. As far as your party is concerned, Senator, now they "can come for the ride, but they gotta sit in back."  (The above quote was spoken by Obama.  In the same conversation, he used the term "sitting shotgun," as well. The outrage was deafening.)

Liberals aren't content with social engineering of the masses. Now that they've lost a third of their majority, they want to try it in Congress.

It's like elementary school, only these students aren't as smart.

Maybe having everyone sit on their hands during the speech would be helpful. If anyone says anything or looks unhappy during the speech, you could give them a "time-out," and make them sit in a corner wearing a dunce cap.

Maybe we should abolish any kind of groups or competition altogether.

No more sports teams, no debates, no bad grades, no elections, no hurt feelings.

All due respect, Senator, but we don't need Congress to set examples for us ig'nant rubes to follow. We're quite capable of making our own determinations as to who we believe to be sincere.

So sit down and shut up.


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Comments (11)

This syndrome the Democrats... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

This syndrome the Democrats have I think I've heard about in psychiatric circles. It's called being passive-aggressive.

The fundamental problem wit... (Below threshold)
Edward Sisson:

The fundamental problem with this proposal is that it will make it look as though all of Congress is applauding every Obama policy -- because when the Democratic Reps & Sens applaud, they will be all over the chamber, and standing, and the non-applauding Republicans will be unseen, sitting quietly. That will be the optics of it. The image will be of unity in support of every Obama policy. The Republicans will be absolute fools if they agree to this.

"ignoring the fact that whi... (Below threshold)
914:

"ignoring the fact that while we may take different positions, we all have the same interests"


Like hell We do! If We did, Barry would not be in the White House.

<a href="http://speaker.gov... (Below threshold)
Syllabucks:

http://speaker.gov/Contact/


Dear Speaker Boehner,

PLEASE do not fall for the Democrat plan of mixed seating at the SOTU.

They are simply looking to hide amongst Republicans. They don't want to be easily seen standing/cheering (or NOT standing) for Obama's government expanding programs. They just came through a tough shellacking and are very worried about the next one coming, especially since there are far more Democrat senate seats to defend. They don't want their actions visible to their constituents, to the country.

Also, I believe they want to distract the viewing citizens from the fact that some Supreme Court Justices won't show up.

The Democrats want to hide amongst the Republicans. Please GOP. do not give them cover.

CONTACT HIM NOW
http://speaker.gov/Contact/

gollyneds! you mean i could... (Below threshold)
ken:

gollyneds! you mean i could be republican and still sit next to chuck schumer? be still my heart. (sarcasm off)

If they mix 'em up, it will... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

If they mix 'em up, it will look more impressive on TV with Nancy jumping up and clapping at every third word out of Barry's mouth. Ya get that many jumping up spread around the room - it will look like everyone is doing it.

Boehner - take a pass.

The fundamental problem ... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

The fundamental problem with this proposal is that it will make it look as though all of Congress is applauding every Obama policy -- because when the Democratic Reps & Sens applaud, they will be all over the chamber

That's not a problem...that's the INTENT.

Let us be honest the only ... (Below threshold)
hcddbz:

Let us be honest the only really Civil bodies are those with one party rule.

We are still taking two completely unrelated events and using it for cause and effect.

This is political theater. It needs to stop now, before the show trails start.


Hey! Maybe the Chief Justi... (Below threshold)
Olsoljer:

Hey! Maybe the Chief Justice can sit up front with the won! Right next to Sarah Palin, Rush, even Keith Olbershit. The wookie could lead them all singing Kumbayah after the address. And Nancy! yes Nancy! getting everybody to jump up and down, we could have a whole legislative assembly of jack-in-the boxes! What an idea - maybe they can get in the spirit of things and all wear clown costumes?

This is going to drive Obam... (Below threshold)
clearmind:

This is going to drive Obama crazy. With the parties mixed, his head will be spinning like crazy every time he wants to make political hay with a statement.

Where are those damn Republicans? They're not over there. Where are they? Well, Mr. President, they're everywhere; you're surrounded by Republicans. Better watch your backside. Damn, they're everywhere.

Get Udall and let him know how pissed I am that he ruined my rhetorical prowess. Then get my speech writer and tell him to put head movement commands into the speech - turn left, no turn right, oops, turn left again - you can't look straight ahead because we can't put the teleprompter there. This speech could last for hours as Obama spins his head after every phrase. And that could make him look like a duphuss.

Note emailed and faxed to o... (Below threshold)
Syllabucks:

Note emailed and faxed to our Congressman.

CONTACT YOURS http://www.house.gov/house/MemberWWW.shtml

Dear Mr. Reichert, We implore you and ask that you implore the GOP delegation, to NOT fall for the Democrat scheme of mixed seating at the State of the Union.

Congress is not the 535 Musketeers (All for one, one for all). It is a body that represents TWO distinct ideologies and TWO distinct sets of ideas to implement their ideas for the country. There absolutely are times when all of Congress should stand together such as on the Capital steps after 9/11. But the State of the Union is not one of them. The State of the Union is where the country SEES the differences and sees its government working as it has in history: the party of the President putting forth its vision and the other party reacting to that vision.

The State of the Union is horrible. It is horrible as a result of unchecked and unfettered Democrat control. Now they want to hide from it. They don't want to be easily seen standing/cheering (or NOT standing) for Obama's government expanding programs. They want to confuse what the viewer is seeing, making Democrats undistinguishable from Republicans. They just came through a tough shellacking and are very worried about the next one coming, especially since there are far more Democrat senate seats to defend. They don't want their actions visible to their constituents, to the country. Further, hiding amongst the Republicans dilutes the effect of the GOP majority; it allows the press to speculate that yes even the GOP is wildly cheering the presidents every word. This idea of their is all about imagery - imagery to benefit THEM as they raise funds for the next election; imagery that allows them to say they believed the GOP agreed with them because it appeared the GOP was cheering the ideas too; imagery that they as a unified body will use against the Republicans.

Also, we believe they want to distract the viewing citizens from the fact that some Supreme Court Justices will not be present. The Democrats simply want to hide amongst the Republicans.

Please, Mr. Reichert, please GOP, do not give them cover. Stand as a united body. Stand united for the reasons we the voters gave you the chance to lead with the majority you won. Please pass this message on to your fellow Republicans in the both houses of Congress




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