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Under the radar: SOTU seating plan shennanigans

Just days after the Arizona tragedy, Democrats are yet again attempting to profit politically from the massacre. I’m not talking about Sarah Palin. Or gun control. Or kicking off a 2012 campaign at what was supposed to be a memorial service. No my friends, I’m talking about seating arrangements.

Congressional Democrats have proposed a plan for bipartisan seating at the President’s upcoming State of the Union address. You see, there has been some very mean and hurtful rhetoric hurled the Democrats’ way recently, and that has resulted in the shooting of Congresswomen Giffords not made them feel very good about themselves. After all, they deserve the adulation of the masses for their heroic efforts over the last two years in fighting the evil rich oppressors of the nation (meanies!), which, of course, completely justifies their nasty rhetoric. But this presents a problem for the State of the Union, because it is not going to look very good for them when the vast majority of congress does not swoon at the sound of their dear leader’s dulcet tones. In fact, the Democrats might look just downright silly cheering his lofty rhetoric all by themselves. (How did those other guys get elected anyway? Must have been that nasty rhetoric again.)

So they have hit upon a simple solution, which is to mix up the seating. That way, maybe a few RINOs won’t stick out so much if they applaud the president, and the illusion of presidential success can be preserved. The idea was first proposed, according to the Politico article, by the “centrist-Democratic group Third Way”, which is a good indicator that it’s sure to further the goals of radical Marxism. Beyond that, I’m ashamed to say that it has been promoted by my very own senator from Colorado, Mark Udall. And now, reports Politico, it has been accepted by House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer. After all, what could be more natural than America coming together in the wake of a national tragedy? A few lines of kum-bay-yah fluff ought to seal the deal:

“I believe Congress has a responsibility to set an example of less-ugly, less-divisive debate,” Hoyer said in his statement.

“Coming together to hear an address on the state of our union in a few weeks is an especially important moment to recommit ourselves to approaching our public life with the respect and honesty that our serious, shared problems demand.”

The most encouraging thing so far is that no congressional Republicans have weighed in on the plan yet. Let’s make it clear to them, and especially to the weak-kneed moderates who might want to cave in despite knowing better, that the Democrats should not be able to cover for two years of failed government by hiding out among Republicans while the President reads his teleprompter.