"Mary from Louisiana asked Olympia from Maine because they are BFFs, but had a backup in Bob from Tennessee in case she was rebuffed. Kirsten from New York went the Sadie Hawkins route and asked John from South Dakota, and thus the deal between two members of the Senate with seriously good hair was sealed."
In the aftermath of the Tucson shootings, there have been calls from both Democrats and Republicans for more civility and less partisanship. On Tuesday night, members of Congress will put these calls into action by mixing up their seating arrangements for the State of the Union. Instead of sitting in their usual spots, Senators and Representatives have been pairing up with "dates" from the other side of the aisle. Schumer (D-NY) will be sitting next to Coburn (R-OK), and Gillibrand's (D-NY) SOTU date will be John Thune (R-SD). These new seating charts seem largely symbolic, and not really a sign of increased bipartisanship. But on Tuesday it will be interesting to see how this effects the normally orchestrated (and kind of annoying) applause from the audience.