Sunday, January 16, 2011
In the most striking example of our new, more civil, post-partisan style of government, a Democrat has suggested rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic...oops...we meant on the floor of the House Chamber, for Barack Obama's upcoming State of the Union address.
By longstanding tradition, Democrats would sit on one side of the chamber, Republicans would sit on the other side, and no one would sit with Arlen Specter.
In the past, this has at least made for reasonably amusing television. The entire body of Democrats tends to catapult out of their seats, whooping and applauding, every time the president says something like "the urgency of today demands the thrivance of togetherness tomorrow." Meanwhile, the Republicans glare stolidly as if sizing up a dimwitted waiter who doesn't know his thumb is in the soup.
But not this year. Momentum is building for the Republicans and Democrats to sit together, side by side, to show that despite petty partisan politics and nearly insurmountable national crises, our elected representatives are united in their opposition to lunatics in red G-strings.
And, oh yeah, it will look much better for the president than having a majority of the House scowl bleakly, anchored to their seats, when he insists that the best way to protect ourselves from an approaching economic asteroid is to increase our debt.