Mann and Ornstein: Congress is still dysfunction after november election


Writers of “It’s Even Worse Than It Looks” say colliding American constitutional system makes political situation worse since the Civil War

Norman & Thomas

More than 50 people gathered at the Politics and Prose bookstore in Chevy Chase, Md., on Saturday at noon to listen to two congressional scholars, Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein discuss their book.

Mann and Ornstein published “It’s Even Worse Than It Looks,” (Wikipedia Link) over a year ago and argued growing Republican extremists caused Congress to be more dysfunctional than it has been since the Civil war. They came to this event to gave a fresh analysis after the recent election in November.

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“The fact is we are not in a good shape and we hoped to see some changes.” Norman Ornstein said in his ten minute speech before taking questions. “We could just easily have entitle this news and expanded paper back edition ‘It’s even worse that was,” he said.

Also, Mann addressed the problem reminded since the book released on April 2012. “Norm and I have worked over 40 years and I have never seen such this,” he said.

Mann and Ornstein asked media to work with government to solve the problem which they called “Congressional Dysfunction.”

“I like to warm up the audience and got laughing because it’s all down hill”, Ornstein said.

“We need to stand against the lie, but now we say, ‘You lied, here is your cable TV Show,’” Norman Ornstein said.

Ornstein and Mann’s reputation for their nonpartisan positions.

Ornstein is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute that is on Republican side andThomas Mann is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.


“We received emails from Republicans more than anyone else. People identified themselves as Republican, not to attack us, but to thank us for helping them try to recapture their political party,” Thomas Mann said.

“It’s Even Worse Than It Looks” was a best seller on the The New York Times List. Also NPR and The Washington Post reviewed it.

Read More:
The book’s review in the Washington Post
Naked Truths, BY Hendrik Hertzberg, The New Yorker
– Authors Feel Heat for Blaming GOP, By Eliza Newlin Carney, CQ


The book event was in Politics and Prose that is known for author events that already has some link Bill Clinton.


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