With all the new talk this week about the need for more bipartisanship, here’s the best idea I’ve heard yet.
This year’s State of the Union address is scheduled for Tuesday, January 25. For which Colorado Senator Mark Udall has proposed a whole new seating arrangement.
Instead of the traditional approach, where Democrats are on one side of the chamber and Republicans on the other, Udall suggests mixing them up, every other seat: one Democrat, one Republican.
And why not? Sounds like a great idea to me. It might actually force some Republicans and some Democrats to talk to each other, for one thing. Which rarely happens these days.
For another, it might end the constant, childish jumping up and down and cheering we see at every State of the Union – and persuade members of Congress to act like grown-ups instead of kindergartners. All thanks to the magic of a new seating chart.
There are more complicated proposals to promote bipartisanship, like regular meetings, sharing committee chairmanships, or Camp David retreats. But this new seating arrangement for the State of the Union would be the easiest, quickest one to put in place.
Which is one good reason why – it will probably never happen.
That’s my parting shot for today.