Scholar Norman Ornstein is pointing fingers in a new book, "It's Even Worse Than It Looks," co-authored with Thomas Mann. Congress is partisan and polarizing, and one party, said Ornstein, bears the brunt of the blame.
"I wouldn't say it's all Republicans," said Ornstein, "it's 80-20 at this point."
"When you look at the data, including voting records ... the Democrats have moved left, to probably their own 25 yard line. President Obama's probably around the 40," said the American Enterprise Institute scholar. "The Republicans have moved behind their own goal post."
Check out this week's Top Line to hear Ornstein break down recent history and the gridlock in Washington.
I thought the liberal would be all over this...
Maybe here's why? http://www.usdebtclock.org/ Is it slowing down? No. Is it reversing? No. Is it sustainable? No. House of cards? Maybe.
The hard truth is that living beyond our means has become dogma to the left. Maybe these "extremists" are trying to break this dogma? It's hard to do.
Now for the funny part. Old Normy is a liberal; hard to imagine, no?
PBS Hypes Liberal 'Congress Watchers' Who Hit GOP as Extreme, With No Use for 'Facts'
By Tim Graham | May 04, 2012 | 08:48
Just like NPR, the PBS NewsHour on Thursday night invited on liberals Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein to pound away at the "extremism" of the Republican Party (Tea Party Edition). Propose defunding public broadcasting, and this is how the Empire strikes back.
Thomas Mann unleashed on the GOP: "They are ideologically extreme, contemptuous of centuries worth of policy, economics and social; scornful of compromise, no use much for facts, evidence, and science, and really not accepting of the political legitimacy of the other party." As if Mann is sounding like he believes in the political legitimacy of the Republicans?