Political pundits Mann and Ornstein unleash their critique of the dysfunctional political system in America, and question whether political compromise is possible. With hyper-partisanship seeping into every aspect of American political life, Mann and Ornstein believe our very system of constitutional democracy has been compromised. As former executive director of the American Political Science Association and current Brookings Institute Fellow, Mann has teamed up with long-time CBS election correspondent Ornstein to offer the political prescription for functioning politics in the U.S. Come hear their panoply of useful ideas and reforms to call the media and public into focus on the real problems facing American democracy today."
Thomas E. Mann
Thomas E. Mann is the W. Averell Harriman Chair and Senior Fellow in Governance Studies at The Brookings Institution.
The author of numerous books on American government, and a contributor to major magazines and newspapers like Washington Post and New York Times, Mann is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Mann has served as co-director (with Ornstein) of the Transition to Governing Project and senior counselor (with Ornstein) to the Continuity of Government Commission.
Norman J. Ornstein
Norman J. Ornstein is a Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research. An election analyst for CBS News, he writes a weekly column called "Congress Inside Out" for Roll Call.
His work has also appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and Foreign Affairs, and he appears regularly on television programs like The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Nightline, and Charlie Rose.
He serves on the board of the Public Broadcasting Service and several other nonprofit groups. Like Mann, he is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
Thomas E. Mann makes the case that the modern Republican Party now resembles European parliamentary parties. Mann asserts that today's divided Congress conflicts with the founding father's vision of collaborative government.