Proper Seating at 2011 State of the Union Address a Touchy Business

January 22, 2011

Knowing, when to sit where, can often be a touchy business. Precedence at the table or in a chamber of government can lead to hurt feelings and indignation among families as well as members of congress. Determining who is to sit at the grown-up’s table and who is to sit with the children may make the difference between an enjoyable State of the Union address and a few glowers from an already sulky president.

God forbid that President Obama should sulk even more. So the Republicans in an ever-recurring, insatiable desire to shoot themselves in the foot (Oh my, please pardon such violent language.) have decided to have a “Happy Kumbaya” seating arrangement at the 2011 State of the Union address. Fostered by weak leaders like Speaker John Boehner and political snakes like Senator Chuck Schumer as means to give President Obama cover from the huge losses the Democrats suffered in the November 2010 elections.

But that is OK. No one wants the student prince to have to face “up-close-and-personal” the rewards of his failed economic and social agendas of the past two years.

We must ask, “Where was all this ‘Kumbayaing’ at last year’s address, or the year before?” Only proper alignment then. Which happens to be the best parliamentary procedure. For now, and since the first State of the Union address. With the only obvious objection being Nancy Pelosi nodding her approval of every word of our student prince, and popping up-and-down like a plastic Jesus on the dashboard of a very old car. Ugh!

Oh well, what are we to expect? It is the history of the Republican Party to never sustain a triumph longer than a moment. Then its members can be cheerfully invited to “shoot themselves in the foot” with great aplomb. The more things change; the more they stay the same.



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