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yea...new seating in congress will fix it...hardcore eye rolling....thoughts?

Washington is buzzing today over a proposal to shake up tradition and get members of Congress to adopt a bipartisan seating plan for the upcoming State of the Union address.

Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) is leading the charge to get members of opposite parties to sit together in a symbolic show of unity during the president's Jan. 25 speech -- and the White House is on board:

"Maybe not having a physical aisle separate us would be a good thing as we talk about the state of our union," White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Thursday in response to a question about Udall's proposal. Traditionally, each party sits together separated by the House aisle during the president's speech.

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Now, the new proposal is gaining steam just one day after Barack Obama called for the nation to come together and bridge partisan divides in the wake of the Tucson, Ariz. shooting.

Udall released a letter Wednesday proposing the idea to his colleagues, saying "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 seating arrangement was first floated this week by the think tank Third Way, which penned a letter to congressional leaders urging this and other unifying actions.

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sweet-a-kins

Asked by sweet-a-kins at 10:36 AM on Jan. 14, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 10:37 AM on Jan. 14, 2011

  • Might not help, but what will it hurt? Must be a slow news day for Washington to be 'buzzing' over this.

    QuinnMae

    Answer by QuinnMae at 10:38 AM on Jan. 14, 2011

  • no thoughts. just points.
    jewjewbee

    Answer by jewjewbee at 10:41 AM on Jan. 14, 2011

  • Seems like a good start. Nothing will be fixed overnight but small steps like this couldn't hurt.
    FricknFrack

    Answer by FricknFrack at 10:41 AM on Jan. 14, 2011

  • I wonder if there will be any thumb tacks in seats.
    zebbiebug

    Answer by zebbiebug at 10:44 AM on Jan. 14, 2011

  • In the rest of life, the influence of cliques seems to worsen with segregation, why should we expect it wouldn't do so in congress?

    It is like getting to know your lab partner in science class--you'd never talk to them otherwise, but you find out they are an ok person.
    JZ10FPM

    Answer by JZ10FPM at 10:46 AM on Jan. 14, 2011

  • No thumb tacs. Half cross the aisle off camera to hang out

    If they are so immature that their seating arrangements need to be changed like in Kindergarten

    They all should be fired
    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 10:47 AM on Jan. 14, 2011

  • oh no they will all spread their cooties!
    tnmomofive

    Answer by tnmomofive at 10:59 AM on Jan. 14, 2011

  • Unless they start pulling each other's pigtails, I don't see what it could hurt. Might even be a teeny tiny step forward.
    DEpley

    Answer by DEpley at 10:59 AM on Jan. 14, 2011

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    Unless they start pulling each other's pigtails, I don't see what it could hurt. Might even be a teeny tiny step forward.

    A step they shouldnt have to make, they are (mostly) educated grown ups.....its sad when the seating chart needs to be changed...to change the behavior of ADULTS!

     

    like a family wedding where no one gets along...

    or Thanksgiving dinner and theres family fight....

    pfff....I dont care then either....They are grown ups, deal with it! lol////

    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 11:05 AM on Jan. 14, 2011

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