The Corner

Mark Udall’s Good Idea

Sen. Mark Udall, Democrat of Colorado, has suggested that Republicans and Democrats sit together during this month’s State of the Union address, rather than being divided by party as is the tradition. The White House has called this an “interesting idea.”

This isn’t going to save the world, but I agree. Yes, it’s a symbolic gesture — and there is already plenty of comity across the aisle in Congress, a fact reflected in the outpouring of support from Rep. Giffords’ friends in both parties — but gestures can be important, and sitting Joe Barton next to Henry Waxman strikes me as a better gestural response to this tragedy than hastily passing onerous new restrictions on First and Second Amendment rights. 

Besides, I’m a Federalist from way back, and I’d love it if Congress were seated by delegation rather than party. This isn’t a bloody parliament — MOCs represent the People and the States, not the Republicans and the Democrats, and I’d be pleased if our rituals reflected that.

Daniel Foster — Daniel Foster is a former news editor of National Review Online.

Most Popular


G-File Mailbag: The Results of a Bad Idea

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is Jonah Goldberg’s weekly “news”letter, the G-File. Subscribe here to get the G-File delivered to your inbox on Fridays. Dear Reader (Including those of you just standing there eating Zarg nuts), I had a bad idea. It wasn’t a terrible idea, like asking a meth addict ... Read More
Politics & Policy

The Collusion Scenario

It has become an article of faith in some quarters on the right -- well, most -- that the Mueller investigation has found no evidence of collusion with Russia and has accordingly shifted gears to process crimes like lying to the FBI or obstruction of justice. Having decided that this must be true, many have ... Read More

Democrats’ Border-Barrier Flip-Flop

Is steel more moral than concrete? House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California said last week that she and other Democrats consider a border wall “immoral.” But some of the same Democrats who decry President Donald J. Trump’s proposed concrete wall as a 30-foot-tall human-rights violation actually ... Read More
Film & TV

Mary Poppins Returns, in Splendor

I  pictured her arriving on a skateboard, midriff bare, singing a Katy Perry tune. I pictured twerking. Instead, Mary Poppins Returns is a seamless continuation of the story, free of all modern rubbish and defiantly lacking in edge. It’s absolutely adorable. I picture the starchy English politician Jacob ... Read More