Just in time for the president’s State of the Union Address tonight, liberal U.S. Senator Mark Udall is reminding us that he hatched the idea of mixed seating in the House chamber for the event. Unfortunately for Udall, this fact also reminds us that he has not accomplished much else of legislative importance in approximately five years as a United States Senator.
On both the senator’s campaign site and official government webpage, Udall is pushing what he calls a “new tradition” of members sitting with a colleague from the other party. Udall believes that this will somehow smooth things in the rancorous halls of Congress. Maybe people seeing this rich tapestry of Democrats and Republicans side by side will help them forget that the Democrats rammed the farcically-named Affordable Care Act through both houses of Congress without a single Republican vote. Or, perhaps people will forget Obama’s recent threats that if he does not get his way – “I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone.” Continue reading