State of the Union, Prom Night on Capitol Hill

At least a dozen members of Congress will sit with a member of the other party.

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It will be high school all over again Tuesday night for at least a dozen members of Congress, who have chosen to bring a "date" from the opposing party to this year's State of the Union address.

The idea of a "SOTU date night" was first floated two years ago as a show of bipartisanship in the wake of the shooting of Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, when more than 190 members of Congress joined in.

But this year the number of prom pairings appears to be far fewer, according to a Whispers count of participating members.

Here's who is currently sitting with who:

-Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York is going with Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona. The two were part of a seven-person bipartisan group of members pushing for action on Iran and its nuclear capabilities in 2011.

A good man is hard to find on Capitol Hill, so Sens. Claire McCaskill and Deb Fischer will have a threesome 'date' with Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts on Tuesday night.
A good man is hard to find on Capitol Hill, so Sens. Claire McCaskill and Deb Fischer will have a threesome 'date' with Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts on Tuesday night.

-Democratic Sen. Jon Tester of Montana will be accompanied by Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia. The senators share a similar first name but not much ideologically.

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-Democratic Rep. Dan Lipinski will attend with Republican Rep. Rodney Davis, both of Illinois. The Chicago Tribune reports that Lipinski previously recruited Davis to "No Labels," a bipartisan group of lawmakers that encourage across-the-aisle collaboration and call themselves the "Problem Solvers."

-Democratic Rep. Cheri Bustos of Illinois is taking Republican Rep. Dave Joyce of Ohio. According to Bustos's website, the two members first met at a Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service event in D.C.

-Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, a Democrat, will go with Republican Rep. Randy Forbes. Both are members of the Senate and House Armed Services Committees.

There is also one threesome date planned, with Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri choosing to go with both Republican Sen. Deb Fischer of Nebraska and Republican Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas. McCaskill joked on Twitter of her date with Roberts: "He wants to talk Wildcats. I want to talk Tigers. Compromise possible but not on that."

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A number of members will also wear orange "Fix not Fight" buttons during the address, a noble effort by the No Labels Group that is likely to be undermined almost immediately by the SOTU afterparty—when Florida Sen. Marco Rubio delivers the Republican response to Obama's speech and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul delivers the tea party rebuttal.

But Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado tells Whispers in an E-mail he hopes something will come out of Capitol Hill's date night, even if it's just symbolic. "[It] is a small, but important, way we can bridge the partisan divide... I hope... [it] will send the message to the American people that their elected representatives can work together."

Or at least attend uncomfortably sitting together.

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