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The State of the Union seating chart

Posted by Kelly Maher on January 25th, 2011
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U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., was on MSNBC this morning, discussing plans by the Colorado delegation to sit together tonight during Pres. Obama’s State of the Union address.

“Well, under the leadership of our senior Senator, Mark Udall, the Colorado delegation which is four Democrats and five Republicans [five Democrats and four Republicans] we’re, all of the House members and one of our Senators, we’re all going to sit together tonight. And frankly there’s been a lot more comity than people realize over the years. The Colorado delegation meets every month, we talk. We don’t agree always on politics, but we try to take a good tone and I think that’s an example frankly that the country can look at.”

Well I hope she’s right. But the State of the Union is largely about applause lines. Given the policy disagreements, the comfort that the Colorado delegation may feel going in may fade quickly. The House vote to repeal the Health Care bill, the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and partisan dissent over budget cuts and plans to tackle the debt are likely to cause some uncomfortable moments.

I’m proud we have a delegation that works together relatively well, but meeting with your caucus once a month to discuss issues is a far cry from having TV cameras and commentators trained on your reactions.

Now, if only Pres. Obama would come up with a coherent plan for deep spending cuts (and tax cuts) that Republicans COULD stand up and applaud.

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