Will bipartisan seating at the State of the Union make a difference?

Posted Jan. 24, 2011, at 2:27 p.m.

Members of Congress will not sit with their party colleagues for the State of the Union

address tonight, but rather intermingle with those of the other party. Is this a step forward

in easing partisan stand-offs? Is the symbolism important? Or is it merely window

dressing? What other steps can be taken to get members to see each other as colleagues

and patriots, regardless of party affiliation?