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Should the two parties sit together during the State of the Union?

As members of the House delivered a long stream of tributes and calls for bipartisanship in the aftermath of the Tucson shooting rampage, over in the Senate, one lawmaker penned a letter to members of both chambers Wednesday urging them to come together at the State of the Union address later this month.

Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) wrote that Republican and Democratic members of Congress should make the symbolic gesture of sitting side-by-side during the Jan. 25 State of the Union rather than on opposite sides of the House chamber as they have traditionally done. Read the full story.

By Abha Bhattarai  |  January 13, 2011; 8:01 AM ET  | Category:  National Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Have them sit by state delegation. It would show unity and prevent more antics like Joe "You Lie" South Carolina.

Posted by: AxelDC | January 13, 2011 9:22 AM

Yes, they should sit together. It would improve behavior because they would not have the gang mentality.

Posted by: echurley | January 13, 2011 9:59 AM

It's a STUPID idea. Now that there are LESS democrats they what to hide that fact by changing the seating. This is typical of democrats, when they can't win they try to change the rules of the game.

Posted by: killerm1 | January 13, 2011 10:42 AM


As Forrest Gump said , "Stupid is as stupid does." This idea has NOTHING to do with Democrats trying to change the rules now that there are fewer of them. How stupid can you get ?
First, why do we even NEED a SOTU speech ?
Second if there is going to be one either sit these folks by state delegation as suggested above or by alphabetical order. Either would be better than the Home team vs Visiting team arrangement we have now.

Posted by: jmsbh | January 13, 2011 12:31 PM

Seating based solely on seniority, alphabetically, geographically .. any one of these approaches would be an improvement on the divisive way it has been done. In the aftermath of Tucson's tragedy this seems like a small gesture with huge benefits as far as healing our differences and coming together for the good of the country.

Posted by: Beaplum | January 13, 2011 12:38 PM

Yes, we should force our Congressional members to forge nonpartisan results. Otherwise, a portable Berlin wall may be erected in the aisle.

President George Washington warned about the grave danger of partisan politics. He is probably turning in his grave.

Posted by: dummy4peace | January 13, 2011 12:40 PM

I actually think the traditional seating makes watching the SOTU more entertaining (or engaging if that's a better word).

Posted by: forgetthis | January 13, 2011 12:41 PM

Yes, they should sit together. It would improve behavior because they would not have the gang mentality.

Posted by: echurley | January 13, 2011 9:59 AM

echurley took the words out of my mouth. Thanks!

The two major parties have behaved like organized "political gangs" at the expense of the American people. This has to stop or else we should outlaw political parties. I am so disgusted by partisan politics so I became an Independent long ago. Let the people take charge, not any political gang.

Posted by: dummy4peace | January 13, 2011 12:47 PM

who cares...
no one is going to watch...
who needs to hear more lies...
we all know obama doesn't care about jobs...

Posted by: DwightCollins | January 16, 2011 2:58 AM

Two facts: 1. The Founders thought political parties were very bad and tried to prevent their formation. Giving the two parties their own spaces gives recognition to parties that the Founders would have abhored.

2. There are more than two parties. Why does Congress show preference for two parties in its seating arrangements?

Posted by: rwfegley | January 16, 2011 12:56 PM

...smoke and mirors !!hope OBAMA w/ ex.order..stops all health care for gov officals along w/pensions;;;until we the people get equal treatment;;that will save 4 trillion $$as soon as its sign !!

Posted by: bbccmm | January 17, 2011 2:01 PM

For the first time in many years, I don't think I will watch the State of the Union. I will listen if I can find a link on the computer, but I just cannot bear the image of Congress being uncomfortably seated as if they were 3rd graders at a local elementary school.

It shouldn't surprise me that something so meaningless and juvenile is what passes on Capital Hill as the solution to the nation's problems.

Posted by: dogdiva | January 18, 2011 7:11 AM

Better yet -- install several dunce stools in the corners.

Posted by: djmolter | January 18, 2011 10:02 AM

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