Hyperpartisanship is as old as American democracy. But now, acrimony is not confined to a moment; it's a permanent state of affairs and has seeped into every part of the political process. Identifying the overriding problems that have led Congress—and the United States—to the brink of institutional collapse, It's Even Worse Than It Looks profoundly altered the debate about why America's government has become so dysfunctional. Through a new preface and afterword, Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein bring the story forward, examining the 2012 presidential campaign and exploring the prospects of a less dysfunctional government. As provocative and controversial as ever, It's Even Worse Than It Looks will continue to set the terms of our political debate in the years to come.
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Off of the suggestion of Paul Krugman (reliably liberal economist from the New York Times) I picked this little book up. There’s a sense among the optimistic in this country that this period of hyperpartisanship is fleeting, and it will abate itself in due time as cooler heads prevail. What this book does, however, is give a very convincing argument that Washington, in essence, is a microwave, due to systemic exploits that allow the minority party an almost unlimited ability to obstruct the policy of the majority – from big initiatives like the Affordable Care Act, to even the smallest of judicial appointments being bogged in filibusters and cloture votes. What were once rarely-used procedural stalls are now used on a routine basis – and what’s worse is they are now paired with a zealous pragmatism for the party that stands most against government (the Republican Party) to sabotage government institutions for its own electoral game. Once you see it for what it...
Yes, it IS even worse than it WAS! For many, these conclusions are highly suspected but when it comes from two who have studied our woe-begone Congress over the last 4 decades, it hits the center of the target. To many of us distanced and disgruntled Americans, the evidence and anecdotes presented here should make us steaming mad and encourage us to the polls. But alas, in far too many cases, it does not and indifference and even apathy reigns. DON'T let it happen to you! Turn aside from Pokémon Go for a moment and read and understand a literary work of far deeper significance.
I read the original book several years back and would have given it a 5 star rating. I purchased the revised edition and while the update is helpful, it was not worth the price of a new book. If you haven't read the original, this is an essential book for understanding the state of affairs in American politics. If you have read it, save your money on the new edition.
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