To encourage bipartisanship, it’s the best idea to come down the pike yet: Senator Mark Udall’s suggestion that, at next week’s State of the Union, instead of all Democrats sitting on one side of the chamber, and all Republicans on the other, both sides mix it up.
I think it’s a great idea, because it’ll force some Democrats to talk to some Republicans. And because it could result in some perfectly hilarious seatmates.
Imagine, just for starters:
Republican John McCain, who won’t let gays serve in the military, sitting in between openly-gay Democrats Barney Frank and Tammy Baldwin.
Republican Jim Inhofe, who denies global warming even exists, sharing an armrest with Democrat Barbara Boxer, leading sponsor of climate change legislation.
Republican David Vitter, best customer of D.C. prostitutes, sitting alongside of notorious womanizer and former Congressman Mark Sanford. They could compare notes!
The tan man, John Boehner, forced to play nice and make small talk with the woman he defamed and dethroned, Nancy Pelosi.
And Independent and Socialist Bernie Sanders perched next to Tea Partier Rand Paul. Oh, to be a fly on the wall for that conversation.
It doesn’t matter what President Obama says. This could be the best State of the Union ever!
That’s my parting shot for today.