Dignity and the State of the Union Address

by Ramesh Ponnuru

Senator Mark Udall (D., Colo.) has gotten a very positive reaction to his suggestion that the parties sit together during the State of the Union address. I have a better idea: The congressmen should stay in their seats and listen respectfully to the president. No jumping up to applaud. No public displays of affection or alienation. It would be more dignified; more unifying than the partisan pep rally these addresses have become; and it would go by a lot faster.

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