Book Discussion on It's Even Worse Than It Looks

Thomas Mann and Norm Ornstein talked about their book, It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided… read more

Thomas Mann and Norm Ornstein talked about their book, It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism. In the book they examined the adversarial partisan behavior of Washington, D.C., policy makers that has left a majority-rule system dysfunctional. They placed much of the blame on Republican Party ideological extremism. Mr. Ornstein said in the interview that Democrats were not lacking blame for the situation. However, he also said Democrats were willing to work with President George W. Bush despite the contentious 2000 election and the Supreme Court decision on Gore v. Bush. In contrast, he cited Robert Draper’s book that told of tea party movement Republican leaders meeting the night of President Obama’s inauguration and agreeing to oppose anything the president proposed. They also responded to telephone calls and electronic communications.

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