Watch: 2 stranded Congressmen form 'bipartisan bromance' on D.C. road trip
With their flight cancelled due to a snowstorm, Texas Congressmen Beto O'Rourke, a Democrat, and Will Hurd, a Republican, decided to rent a car and drive the 1,600 miles to D.C. in time for their votes.
For two days, thousands of people watched the "bipartisan bromance" unfold over Facebook Live as the two played music, hashed out policy issues, and got to know each other. They also made a pit stop to visit Graceland, Elvis Presley's home in Memphis, TN, and called in special guests along the way, from Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) to Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI).
The duo weren't very close at the outset of their journey, according to NPR, but spending so long in a car quickly helped bridge the divide. By the end of their trip, the two were talking about having Thanksgiving together.
"At a time where so many people wonder whether our institutions still work, whether members of Congress still listen to the people they represent, whether a Republican and a Democrat can get along and work together. I thought, let's try to prove the concept," O'Rourke told the Dallas Morning News.
"I've learned a lot about Beto," said Hurd. "We've learned that we can work together on a lot more issues than what we have been."
Whether or not this new bond will actually translate into any meaningful change in D.C. remains to be seen—but it's a heartening first step.
The two congressmen have asked others to keep the challenge going by tagging their favorite Republican and their favorite Democrat on social media and asking them to hold their own #bipartisanroadtrip.