Norm Ornstein (@NormOrnstein), is a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. He has written and co-written a number of books about gridlock and partisanship in the American political system including The Permanent Campaign and Its Future (1995), The Broken Branch (2006), and It’s Even Worse Than It Looks (2012).

0:00 What students should know about US politics

4:34 How the parties have realigned

13:00 And how they’re continuing to realign

15:05 We’ve moved from partisanship to tribalism…Newt Ginrich

18:44 Evaluating Democrat leadership in the 60s and 70s

20:55 Norm’s new book, “One Nation After Trump”

24:00 The Dunkirk analogy

28:10 Critiques of Norm from conservatives

About Norm Ornstein

Norm Ornstein’s American Enterprise Institute page:

https://www.aei.org/scholar/norman-j-ornstein/

Articles by Norm Ornstein at The Atlantic

It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism, with Thomas Mann

One Nation After Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate, and the Not-Yet Deported, with Thomas Mann and E. J. Dionne

Selected Quotes

“What I really wanted to emphasize, especially with “It’s Even Worse Than It Looks” was that we’ve moved from partisanship to tribalism. And there’s a real difference. You can be a strong partisan—view people on the other side of the aisle as worthy adversaries. And that’s partisanship. If you view people on the other side as evil and trying to destroy your way of life, and the enemy, that’s tribalism.”


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