Appeared in: Volume 7, Number 6
Published on: June 10, 2012
Five Delusions About Our Broken Politics

American political dysfunction is both wide and deep, and the perennial, mostly GOP-hatched delusions aren't helping repair the damage.

Thomas E. Mann is senior fellow in governance studies at the Brookings Institution. Norman J. Ornstein is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. This essay is excerpted from their book It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism.

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