The MAtH (man about the house) is out in DC to join in the fun. The State of the Union is the equivalent of the Super Bowl for political junkies, members of congress, and staffers, with clubs and bars having tv's tuned to the speech and the pundit opinions afterward. What is predictable is the partisanship or shall we say, fan support, which will be shown. All that's needed is school colors and cheerleaders. Maybe each party should adopt a mascot and team colors. heh. As much fun as anyone can have without goalposts.
From the MAtH's Meyer Minute for January 30:
One political commentator said, “Party zeal was rampant in the chambers…. Discussion of foreign relations was replete with partisan rhetoric and factional bickering, creating an…environment of tension and turbulence.”
The year was 1798. On January 30 a member of the United States House of Representatives, Matthew Lyon of Vermont railed about “the malign influence of Connecticut politicians.” So Representative Roger Griswold of Connecticut walked up to Lyon and insulted him. Lyon responded by spitting in Griswold’s face. Two weeks later, February 15, 1798, Griswold retaliated by walking up to Lyon in the House chamber and beating Lyon with a hickory cane. Lyon struck back with fireplace tongs but was thrown to the floor and pummeled by Griswold.