In response to the shooting in Tucson, a number of Democrats (and a handful of Republicans) have put forward the notion of bi-partisan seating for the State of the Union address, as if that shooting were a product of the supposedly poisonous political climate.
Now, I’m wondering if any of those Democrats proposing this idea proposed it when a Republican was president subject to the vile vilification from the left. How many of these Democrats have confronted the nastiness on their side of the political aisle, asking their ideological confreres to tone down their rhetoric?
Over at Ace, Slublog offers the best rejoinder (I have read) to these proposed seating arrangement:
After spending days watching their base accuse Sarah Palin and the tea party of encouraging a murderer, while saying nothing to stop the slander, Senator Udall and his fellow Democrats think all of this ugliness can be whisked away by encouraging members of each party to sit next to each other during a speech. With this meaningless gesture, the Democrats are trying to enjoy the benefits of calling for unity without having to criticize fellow members of Congress or their base for the repulsive slanders of the past week. Why apologize for the behavior of one’s party when you can just plant your butt next to a Republican for an hour-long speech and look good on camera while doing it?
Read the whole thing.