Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Keep Your Friends Close, and...

Lynn Sweet reports this morning that Illinois' two U.S. Senators, Mark Kirk and Dick Durbin, plan to sit together during the State of the Union address to help 'bridge the partisan divide.' Others may also follow suit. More later.


Danny said...

Props to Senators Kirk and Durbin! I hope other public officials take heed and follow suit.

Anonymous said...

In the words of james carville "there's everything EXCEPT evidence to suggest the shooting was about political discourse".

if a top democrat says the shooting had nothing to do with heated debates in the country-and I really don't think senators sitting together at a state of the union that fewer than 1 in 8 americans watch and fewer than 1 in 1,000,000 remember the next week will stop the next one, this really just becomes a ridiculous exercise in political pandering which is what thoughtful independent leadership is NOT supposed to mean.

6 years from now what will matter will be the state of the economy, the state of Iran's nuclear weapons program and world peace. I hope this isn't a sign of things to come.


Publia said...

But Folklaes, perhaps sitting together might help the Senators themselves. At the moment, the extreme partisanship is not originating with the people.

Anonymous said...

unless you've missed something we had something called 9-11, within a month democrats were back to calling republicans big fat idiots, yesterday a flood of democrats went to the floor of the house and ripped republicans a new one with language not suitable for children.

bottom line is that thoughtful independent leadership is not supposed to mean following narratives set forth by the rachel maddow show which is where this "extreme vitriol" narrative that prompted the sit together thing started. the idea was put forth by a left leaning group-the third way that's spent more than 2 decades trying to make the north suburbs democratic.

I didn't agree with pat hughes, but on stuff like this I liked him, stand with your team.