A Georgia Congressman won’t be ‘kissy-kissy’ during State of the Union

Can we all just get along?

Following the atrocity in Tucson, mainstream Democrats and Republicans made a pledge to try to be more civil in their public debates, to discourage inflammatory rhetoric and to make at least a gesture of reaching across the aisle to the other party. House Majority Leader John Boehner led a very respectful and moving tribute to U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, the Arizona Democrat who was shot in the head.

Then, Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) made the suggestion that members of Congress break with tradition and sit with members of the opposite party during tomorrow night’s State of the Union address. He offered the idea as a way of bolstering the new atmosphere of civility. From The WaPo:

It’s one of the first symbolic acts of this supposedly new era of civility in Washington: Heeding a call from Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.), nearly 60 lawmakers – and counting – from both parties are pledging to sit together at Tuesday’s State of the Union address, breaking with the tradition of separating themselves by party.

But there will always be at least one bonehead who will see something nefarious in a simple, if superficial, gesture designed to generate goodwill. In this case, the bonehead belongs to Georgia. U.S. Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.), one of the most rightwing and conspiracy-addled members of Congress, called on Republicans to reject the idea of sitting next to a Democrat, according to CBS News:

“I already believe very firmly that it is a trap and a ruse that Democrats are proposing,” Broun said. “They don’t want civility. They want silence from the Republicans. And the sitting together being kissy-kissy is just another way to try to silence Republicans, and also to show — to keep the American people from seeing how few of them there are in the U.S. House now.”

Broun was responding to remarks from a caller who said she appreciated observing the partisan divide during the State of the Union. Typically, the president often receives standing ovations during the annual address from members of his own party, while members of the opposition party are more likely to stay seated.

“What the Democrats are going to be doing when Barack Obama spews out all his venom (emphasis added), then, if they’re scattered throughout all the Republicans, then it won’t be as noticeable as if we’re sitting apart,” Broun continued. “So it is a ruse and I’m not in favor of it and I’m talking about it and I hope other members of the Republican conference in the House will not take the bait.”

So much for civility.

You can listen to Broun here:

596 comments Add your comment

Lil' Barry Bailout

January 24th, 2011
7:52 am

Broun is right–this is just a scheme by the Democrat party to tamp down the obvious disgust and opposition to the Idiot Messiah’s anti-business, anti-freedom, big-government, big-spending scheming.

Peadawg

January 24th, 2011
7:59 am

I personally think it’s a good acting job by the Democrats. I agree with Broun.

Good Grief

January 24th, 2011
8:00 am

Did Congress suddenly decide to sit together when Kennedy was shot? When Reagan was shot? Broun has a bit of a point here. By sitting together, it will be nigh impossible to see who agrees and who disagrees with the words of the President.

Also:
“Following the atrocity in Tucson, mainstream Democrats and Republicans made a pledge to try to be more civil in their public debates, to discourage inflammatory rhetoric and to make at least a gesture of reaching across the aisle to the other party.”
“But there will always be at least one bonehead who will see something nefarious in a simple, if superficial, gesture designed to generate goodwill. In this case, the bonehead belongs to Georgia. U.S. Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.), one of the most rightwing and conspiracy-addled members of Congress”
Nice use a civility there, CT.

Keep up the good fight!

January 24th, 2011
8:00 am

Broun is such a genius to figure out the playbook he got from Oirly. Broun also is a birther.

Auburn Fan

January 24th, 2011
8:02 am

I thought the Republicans had to sit in the back?

Peadawg

January 24th, 2011
8:04 am

“Nice use a civility there, CT.” – She made my point at 7:59 for me :) .

Good Grief

January 24th, 2011
8:07 am

Keep Up – Really? That’s your justification for ignoring/debasing Broun; he’s a birther? Kinda weak.

As for this birther nonsense, I won’t be surprised if we learn that Obama is a citizen or not. The only thing that sticks with me at the moment is how much trouble Hawai’i has been having in locating the long-form certificate. Probably just coincidence, but I’ve been around long enough to know that you don’t ignore coincidence.

Rufus

January 24th, 2011
8:08 am

“Conspiracy-addled.” Imagine that! Such a nice turn of a phrase from Cynthia! Who’da thought it? Hooray for Paul Broun! At least he isn’t being suckered in.

granny godzilla

January 24th, 2011
8:10 am

The suggested seating arrangement is a trap?

Oh rats!

Who told him about all the whoopee cushions we had shipped to the capital?

Bob

January 24th, 2011
8:12 am

Maybe Braun saw the dem rep compare repubs to Nazis the other day. Who will that rep sit beside, certainly not a Nazi. Cynthia, what is less civil, calling an entire group Nazis or not wanting to sit beside someone that calls you a Nazi ?

Auburn Fan

January 24th, 2011
8:13 am

The news on the Birth Certificate is that the Governor had to call off his search. Apparently he did not have Obama’s written permission.

granny godzilla

January 24th, 2011
8:15 am

From Steve Benen:

If you’re unfamiliar with Broun’s work, the hysterical right-wing congressman from Georgia has quite a greatest hits collection. It was, after all, Paul Broun who said cap-and-trade would kill people; the Affordable Care Act will dictate what kind of car Americans can drive; the health care reform effort reminds him of “Northern Aggression”; and that he considers President Obama to be a Hitler-like figure intent on establishing a Gestapo-like security force to impose a Marxist dictatorship on Americans.

In October, in the midst of the midterm elections, the Centers for Disease Control launched a public-service campaign on the benefits of a healthy diet, which included recipes people can try that incorporate fruits and vegetables. Broun responded that the CDC intended to “give all the power to the federal government to force you” to eat healthier foods. He added, “This is what the federal, CDC, they gonna be calling you to make sure you eat fruits and vegetables, every day. This is socialism of the highest order!”

Liberal Hypocrisy

January 24th, 2011
8:17 am

Why is it that according to CT the conservatives are the uncivil ones while liberals are tolerant, when the truth is the opposite. I did not see the Democrats tamp down their venomous rhetoric during the debate last week of the repeal of Health Care Reform in the House. Republicans got compared to Nazi’s and Goebbels, they were told that health care is a civil right and if you repeal it you are stripping away civil rights and killing children and grandma, etc.

Sitting together is a disingenuous act and those that state otherwise are hypocrites as their has been no attempt to tamp down the “heated” rhetoric.

Also, CT Tucson had nothing to do with political rhetoric. Loughner was a nutjob and if you had to place him somewhere on the political spectrum he would be on the LEFT.

james

January 24th, 2011
8:18 am

I think arguing about seating assignments is the highest and best use of the DC and media elite. Just remember nap time is 11:15 and you can only have two cookies. left right left right…….

Eric

January 24th, 2011
8:18 am

Birther is just the tip of the Broun iceberg. To borrow a phrase from Blazing Saddles, he’s one of the leading a-holes in the state. Actually, I think he may have been upgraded from “one of” to “the”. What a moron.

arnold

January 24th, 2011
8:19 am

Are all conservatives addled in the head? Do they all think this is a Democrat trick? I saw on Fox that because the Democrats don’t want to vote to undue what they passed in Health Care, they are not bipartisan. Conservatives are addle brained.

Martin the Calvinist

January 24th, 2011
8:20 am

Ha, that’s my congressman. Where was the civility two years ago when Obama won the election and the Democrats had control of both the house and the senate. Didn’t Obama tell Republicans, hey we won here. What about the Tennessee congressman who called Republicans Nazi’s and in an interview with Anderson on CNN said it was true and he wouldn’t back down from the ascertain.

granny godzilla

January 24th, 2011
8:23 am

“We’re number one” is now uncivil?

Cancel all football.

Keep tailgates.

Georgian

January 24th, 2011
8:23 am

This is what Democrats are meaning when they speak of civility and playing nice and such. They want Republicans to adhere to their agenda, their ideas, and their thoughts. Because after all, Republicans are the ones with the “wrong” ideas. Democrats have all the right solutions. This is nothing more than Democrats trying to USE a bad situation for POLITICAL gain, and it should NOT be tolerated. I am all for the “name calling” to be put to rest. But for Tucker and Dems and the like to sit back and say Republicans and Conservatives are the ONLY ones doing the name calling is a LIE.

Union

January 24th, 2011
8:23 am

i need a job where i get up.. go to democratic underground.. cut and paste a couple of ideas and call it a day.. i bet you could even get an award from other media morons for stealing other peoples concepts?

sean smith

January 24th, 2011
8:25 am

Our country has serious problems and an out of control budget and our congressmen are worried about the seating at SOTU. Just rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. Focus people we need JOBS JOBS JOBS. Not political BS from both parties.

Wehre are the jobs plans republicans? You have been in power for over 2 weeks.

barking frog

January 24th, 2011
8:28 am

Maybe they can play musical chairs to the national anthem.

Good Grief

January 24th, 2011
8:30 am

Sean – I love it. How dare these evil nasty Republicans have power in one chamber of Congress for two weeks and not have affected a 180-degree turnaround in the nation? I know the Democrats had controll of both houses for four years, but c’mon Republicans, you’ve had two whole weeks to get things done!

granny godzilla

January 24th, 2011
8:30 am

Speaking of Jobs….Here’s what the GOP has been up to so far:

16 bills to repeal all or parts of the Affordable Care Act

7 bills/resolutions to require a balanced federal budget

5 bills to repeal the estate tax (which benefits only the über-wealthy)

A bill to repeal Wall Street Reform

6 bills to restrict women’s access to abortions

A bill to take polar bears of the Endangered Species list

A bill to pull federal funding of public radio

Six bills and a resolution to increase oil drilling in the US and to prevent federal regulation of greenhouse gases

A bill to remove certain Federal restrictions on interstate firearms transactions

A bill to prohibit paying salaries of “czars” and a resolution that they should be required to get Congressional approval

A bill to prevent US-born children of undocumented immigrants from being designated as U.S. citizens

A bill to allow employers that provide health insurance to count that toward their minimum wage compensation

A bill to prevent the federal government from regulating the internet

A bill to permanently reduce individual income tax rates

A bill to require States’ approval of national monument creation in their state

A bill to require the heads of all four branches of the military to sign off on DADT before it can be implemented

A bill to rename two buildings after Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush

A bill to require that Gitmo be kept open and that only military commissions be used to try the inmates held there

A bill to prevent the posting of signs indicating work being done/paid for under the Recovery Act

A resolution to repeal the 16th Amendment

Any mention of jobs in that list? And yet the GOP thinks they read the mid-terms results and understood them.

List from Kos.

Peadawg

January 24th, 2011
8:33 am

Granny, if they did that in 2 weeks I’m impressed.

james

January 24th, 2011
8:33 am

Granny- thanks for that lengthy and useless blog diatribe. It appears that the Repubs are the best of the worst and understand that less is more and that gov’t should not stop job growth.

Peadawg

January 24th, 2011
8:36 am

Also, Granny

Considering the GOP only has the House it’ll be hard for them to get ANYTHING passed. The best way the gov’t can “create” jobs it to make it easier on employers to hire…something Obama and the Dems have proved they don’t want to do.

Good Grief

January 24th, 2011
8:37 am

Why is it that a list from the DailyKos is acceptable, but a list from The Blaze is not? Just curious.

kayaker 71

January 24th, 2011
8:38 am

Granny,

Not bad for two weeks. It’s a start.

T-Town

January 24th, 2011
8:38 am

Ms. Tucker says: “But there will always be at least one bonehead who will see something nefarious in a simple, if superficial, gesture designed to generate goodwill. In this case, the bonehead belongs to Georgia. U.S. Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.), one of the most rightwing and conspiracy-addled members of Congress…”

“So much for civility.”

I guess “bonehead” is the new civility word.

Joe the plaeo-neo-Plutocrat

January 24th, 2011
8:39 am

the good news is; Broun can spell the word ruse and use it in a sentence. the bad news is; this isn’t a ruse and for Brown to politicize it (which ironically, is the basis of his conspiracy theory) is unfortunate. but the bigger question – not really – is; from where does this infantile, segregationist “tradition” of assigned seats originate? it’s been a while since I’ve attended a wedding, and I’m pretty sure the “bride side” and “groom side” silliness is no longer a practice. Broun is an embarassment to his party and ALL Georgians. it’s not surprising, just disappointing, but hey; he was elected. this is the standard of excellence required by the voters in his district, so who are we to complain?

Call it like it is

January 24th, 2011
8:39 am

So Cynthia do you already have tommorows blog done?

“Obama’s speach was a stunning success last night and brought a tear to this little Alabama girls eyes. While I was churning butter on the farm, I dreamed that this day would come, and it has. He is the savior of America and will continue to bring great things to this country. I’m so proud. Oh yeah the right is evil, they didnt clap and they should be ashamed of theirselves.

Feel free to copy and paste.

granny godzilla

January 24th, 2011
8:40 am

Peadawg

I’m delighted for you.

james

You are very welcome, but admit my diatribe beat yours to the post….

Georgian

January 24th, 2011
8:40 am

Granny,

They are attempting to cut the wasteful spending of Obama, Pelosi, and Reid. It will be a tremendous uphill climb, however, as the REAL power still lies in the White House and the Senate. Your painting of Republicans having the upper hand is noble, but misguided. Yes Repubs control the House, but any meaningful change they attempt will be blocked by the Liberal White House and the Senate.

granny godzilla

January 24th, 2011
8:42 am

Call it like it is….

That would be Wednesday’s blog.

Are you doing the time warp again?

It’s just a jump to the left and then a step to the right.

George W

January 24th, 2011
8:44 am

Good for him…..way to stand up and do what is right!

granny godzilla

January 24th, 2011
8:44 am

Georgian

What GOP? It’s the tea party now.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

January 24th, 2011
8:47 am

Broun shows again that he is smarter than most of his RINO colleagues. Wish he represented my district, although, in a sense, he certainly represents me.

Charles

January 24th, 2011
8:49 am

Nope- I agree with Broun!

Ragnar Danneskjöld

January 24th, 2011
8:50 am

I have a suggestion to improve civility: every time Chauncey proposes something really dumb, like an increase in any form of nonmilitary spending, they should unanimously offer a Bronx cheer. If they advertise that in advance, Chauncey will not take a chance on proposing anything really dumb.

stand and be heard

January 24th, 2011
8:50 am

I agree with Broun. The dems did not want to sit together when they had the majority but now they do because if they are all citting together it will look like the President has full support when the cameras show the room. It is staged.

Jan

January 24th, 2011
8:51 am

I may not be a Broun supporter but he is on to something here. And CT – “following the atrocity in Tuscon…” are you linking the actions of a mentally disturbed person to anything going on in Congress? From this man’s history, it appears he set his sights on Giffords years ago when she a) didn’t give him a satisfactory answer to a question he asked her about grammar and b) sent him a form letter after a similar town hall meeting. Then you call the GA congressman a “bonehead”. You are trying to stir the pot. How about setting an example. Be the change you want to be. You stop the namecalling first.

kayaker 71

January 24th, 2011
8:52 am

THE most liberal Congressman that the congress ever had is now the governor of Hawaii. Talk about a nut job. He was going to put this birth certificate thing to rest once and for all, probably with the collusion of the WH. His Dept of Records Chair says that he saw the long form document about two years ago and that “things were in order”. Now old Neal can’t find the damn thing. The old song and dance which is Hawaii’s state law states that only persons with “a need to know” can access records of this kind. Tell me, kind liberals, who a a better need to know than about 300M Americans, many of whom doubt that this idiot is even American born. If Abercrombie can even find the document, we are still waiting.

Joe the plaeo-neo-Plutocrat

January 24th, 2011
8:53 am

hey granny, speaking of polar bears, has anyone seen the TV for the new Nissan electric car? it features a polar bear walking from the Arctic to some suburban subdivision, where it hugs the owner of the new eco-friendly car. here’s my beef: not being from here, that bear took a job from an American actor (shame on Nissan, but they’re “not from here” either). in addition, I suspect a real polar bear would bit the guy’s head off and eat his liver, then drop an achor cub, for American taxpayers to raise.

Gordon

January 24th, 2011
8:53 am

granny godzilla

January 24th, 2011
8:54 am

hey kayaker

what about Thomas’ tax scandal?

jt

January 24th, 2011
8:55 am

Regardless of where they sit in public,
when it comes to spending our wealth,
most people don’t want to know what they do together,
behind closed doors.(except Ron Paul) He is happily and faithfully married.

Ron Paul 2012.

HDB

January 24th, 2011
8:55 am

Georgian
January 24th, 2011
8:40 am

The question that SHOULD be asked is this: Will Republicans be willing to NEGOTIATE and COMPROMISE in earnest when appropriations bills come to the Conference Committees….or will the maintain their ostritch mentality by sticking their heads in the sand and doing what would be counter to the national interest?? We all know that appropriations START in the House….but the final result comes from the Conference Committee!!

JF McNamara

January 24th, 2011
8:55 am

Just more proof of how dumb and petty some people are. This guy won’t sit next to a Democrat in a speech that will last two hours and be forgotten in a week.

Its no wonder we have so many real problems that go unsolved. We’ve got congressmen who act like 4 year olds and won’t even show bipartisanship in something that is utterly meaningless.

STW

January 24th, 2011
8:55 am

Cynthia–Looks like this bit of racism went over like a lead balloon,Nice trybut you’re going to a gunfight with a butter knife..Will you ever learn??