(A brief discussion twixt Baer & Baer's editor, a.k.a BE)
JB: Well, that cooperation thing is sure off to a shaky start?
BE: What cooperation? Ed Rendell and non-wussy Chinese calculus fans?
JB: No. Our two senators, Democrat Casey and Republican Toomey were supposed to sit beside each other at the State of the Union.
BE: Didn't happen?
JB: Nope. According to the Allentown Morning Call, they couldn't find two seats together.
BE: What? Aren't there like hundreds and hundreds of seats?
JB: Yep. Apparently, they wandered the chamber and came up empty. One wag asks me if this means their both incapable of accomplishing squat.
BE: Seems like a fair question: How many senators does it take to find two seats?
JB: Then there's the state Legislature.
BE: Oh boy. What are they up to?
JB: Same ole, same ole.
JB: Yesterday, House Republican leaders tried to move some minor reform bills. Democrats wanted to offer some amendments, open a dialogue, have a debate. Republicans shut `em down.
BE: So much for cooperation in the interest of the public, eh?
JB: You bet. Democrats, according to a capitolwire.com report, are calling it an "attack on democracy" and "muzzling" the voice of the people and a "halt to reform."
BE: Sounds serious.
JB: It led to catcalls, cursing, booing and a walkout by Democrats.
BE: So the new session is off to a promising start.
JB: Promising to be more of the same silly partisan bickering that gives elected officials a bad name.
BE: They should sit down together and work things out.
JB: Yeah. They could get Casey and Toomey to find them some seats.