THEY’RE SO CUTE TOGETHER: It’s more than clear by now that all the optimistic talk after Gabby Giffords was shot a year ago — about how the tragedy would herald a period of renewed bipartisan collegiality and civility at the Capitol — was naive in the extreme. But at least one gesture from that period will be repeated next week: Many (but probably not most) of the senators and House members attending the State of the Union will sit with a lawmaker from the other party. The members can’t stand the nickname for this little gesture of goodwill — “date night” — but it’s hard to argue that the symbolism creates just another moment to remember how much life in Congress is like life in high school.
The Senate pairings announced so far include Lisa Murkowski and Mark Udall, Dick Shelby and Mary Landrieu, Mark Kirk and Joe Manchin, Susan Collins and Joe Lieberman, Pat Toomey and Bob Casey, Kay Bailey Hutchison and Barbara Mikulski, Olympia Snowe and Mark Begich, Kelly Ayotte and Jack Reed, Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson, and Pat Roberts and Claire McCaskill. House combinations include Michael Grimm and Loretta Sanchez, John Shimkus and Tim Bishop, Tom Marino and Hank Johnson, Bob Latta and Joe Donnelly, Louie Gohmert and Carolyn Maloney, Michael McCaul and Doris Matsui, Steve Fincher and Jim Cooper, Dave Reichert and Ron Kind, Pat Meehan and Jackie Speier, Reid Ribble and Kurt Schrader, Brett Guthrie and John Yarmuth, Steve Womack and Mike Ross, Jack Kingston and John Barrow, and Frederica Wilson and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.
WhoooBoy!!! It is hard to see Joe "Short Ride" Lieberman and Susan Collins as being from opposing Parties.
Yes, it will be a relief to lose Lieberman finally but I fear where he will show up next. Look how disappointing Senator Dodd has been of late.