Politics & Government

January 21, 2011

In this year's State of Union, seating could blur party lines

Oh, for the good old days on Capitol Hill, like nearly 200 years ago when Congress was one big happy family.James Monroe was president and the country was on a high after claiming victory over the British in the War of 1812. True, there was only one major political party at the time, which kept squabbling to a minimum. But political cooperation was in. Partisan acrimony: out. Historians call it the Era of Good Feelings.

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