Tonight in bi-partisanship

Posted by Jeremy Shulkin

For tonight’s State of the Union address members of the Senate and House will not sit divided by political party, but rather they will mingle amongst one another in an effort to show bi-partisanship.

From the Globe (it’s behind a paywall):

Democrats and Republicans traditionally sit in starkly defined blocs during the speech, which become evident when half the room rises to celebrate a partisan applause line while the rest sit on their hands.

According to the Globe, Senator Scott Brown will sit with Deleware Democratic Senator Thomas Carper. On the House side, district 2 Democrat Richard Neal will sit with Tennessee Republican Jim Duncan.

But most of the others seem to not have sought a date, with many claiming they’ll just sit next to whoever is around.

Worcester Democratic US Rep. Jim McGovern asked Missouri Republican Jo Anne Emerson to join him, but found out later that she slipped on ice and broke her arm, and won’t be making it to the event.

“As of right now, I don’t yet have a date to the prom,’’ admitted Representative James P. McGovern, a Worcester Democrat. “I’m available, though. I feel like I’m back in high school.’’

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