In tonight's State of the Union address, President Obama will navigate the politics of spending and deficit reduction with an audience who, up until the late hours tonight, were more concerned with politics from high school.
Last week, Democratic Senator Mark Udall sent a letter to lawmakers urging them to sit with a member from the other party — an idea to encourage bipartisanship that originated from centrist group Third Way following the Tucson tragedy. The reaction to Udall's letter was something right out of high school as Republicans and Democrats hit the phones in search of a date for the prom.
Couples who will sit together at the State of the Union address include Senators Chuck Schumer and Tom Coburn. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and John Thune, who many consider the early favorite for prom king and queen, will go together.
Some members of Congress didn't make their choice based on looks, but rather who'd make for an easier car pool. Florida Senator Bill Nelson will be alongside Marco Rubio, who's also from Florida and, well, I guess he's good looking, too. New York Congressmen Anthony Weiner and Peter King will cozy up. King's wife approved of her husband's date: she said they were a natural fit because they are the "biggest loudmouths" in Congress.
Congressman Joe Wilson, who shouted "you lie!" at the President during a 2009 address on health care, decided that one date wasn't enough. He will sit with California's Susan Davis and Guam's Madeleine Bordallo.
And Senator John McCain, who many thought would never get asked, will save a dance for Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico.