Tag Archives: It’s Even Worse than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism

Eventually Seeing the Problem

Everyone says it, and has said it since the 2010 midterm elections, when the Tea Party crowd wrested control of the House from the John Boehner Republicans – the government has ground to a halt. Nothing gets done. There’s the … Continue reading

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To Be Fair About It

There was a warning last April. It was that new book It’s Even Worse than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism – from Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein. They were an odd couple. … Continue reading

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Confirming Mencken

H. L. Mencken once commented that nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public. But he was cynical about everything – and reporting on the Scopes trial probably made him even less inclined to get all warm and fuzzy … Continue reading

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Blame the Republicans, Or At Least Some of Them

Ah, in a little more than a month Medicare kicks in, freeing up almost eight hundred dollars a month, so should some young starlet here in Hollywood jump the curb in her Bentley and inflict grave bodily harm, well, there … Continue reading

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