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Norman J. Ornstein is a political scientist and resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), a Washington D.C. think tank. His books include It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism, co-written with Thomas E. Mann.


Ornstein was born in Grand Rapids, Minnesota in 1948 and received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1974.


Ornstein studies American politics and is a frequent contributor to The Washington Post and many magazines. He has written a weekly column for Roll Call since 1993, and is currently co-director, along with Thomas E. Mann, of the AEI-Brookings Election Reform Project. He helped draft key parts of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002, also known as the McCain-Feingold Act. Ornstein considers himself a centrist.


Ornstein is a member of the Advisory Board of the Future of American Democracy Foundation, a non-profit, nonpartisan foundation in partnership with Yale University Press and the Yale Center for International and Area Studies "dedicated to research and education aimed at renewing and sustaining the historic vision of American democracy". He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Institute for Law and Politics at the University of Minnesota Law School. Ornstein is also a member of the Board of Directors of the nonpartisan election reform group Why Tuesday?.


Ornstein is married to Judith L. Harris, a litigation attorney specializing in regulatory matters. He is a long-time friend of U.S. Senator and left-leaning comedian Al Franken. A fictional version of Ornstein appears in Franken's political spoof novel Why Not Me? as the campaign manager for Franken's improbable presidential run.


Foreign Policy named Ornstein, along with Thomas E. Mann, one of its 2012 Top 100 Global Thinkers "for diagnosing America's political dysfunction".

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Encouraged by the controversial presidency of Donald Trump, Democrats are predicting a rout in November's midterm elections. If they are fortunate, that electoral wave could be as large as the one that swept across the country in the fall of 1974, when Dems took 49 seats in the House and five in the ...
"Members introduce bills for many reasons — to lay out markers, to set the stage for something that has to incubate for a long time, to make a statement," said Norman Ornstein, an expert on Congress at the American Enterprise Institute. "Conflating bills, amendments and resolutions is not fair. And getting ...

... many of the scandals that beleaguer Pruitt would barely merit a tweet. “The whole idea that taxpayer money is there for [Trump officials] to squander so they can live high or escape debts—that's just so characteristic of what we see in oligarchies and autocracies,” says Norman Ornstein, a senior fellow at ...
Ornstein: Pruitt should be fired and prosecuted. © UPI Photo. Norman Ornstein is calling for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt Edward (Scott) Scott PruittFive takeaways from Pruitt's big testimony Overnight Energy: Takeaways from Pruitt's testimony | Inside the hearing rooms ...
The GOP has become, in the immortal words of Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein, “an insurgent outlier — ideologically extreme; contemptuous of the inherited social and economic regime; scornful of compromise; unpersuaded by conventional understanding of facts, evidence and science; and ...
The League of Women Voters of the Piedmont Triad is bringing the nationally renowned political commentator Norman Ornstein to Greensboro for a free public talk, “Broken Politics: Saving Democracy in a Polarized Country,” on Thursday at UNC-Greensboro. If this title sounds a little dramatic to you, we ...

Norman Ornstein, along with co-author Thomas Mann, warned in the 2012 book It's Even Worse Than It Looks that the extremism of the Republican Party has led Congress and the United States “to the brink of institutional collapse.” Recently, they wrote that Trump's election represents “not a break with the ...
Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute Norman Ornstein, who sat on the panel, pointed to the increasing polarization in recent years as reason for the Senate's inefficacy. While the rule of the filibuster has been in place for four decades and traditionally was invoked by the minority only in ...
When they had their mentally ill son Matthew involuntarily committed, Norman Ornstein and his wife, Judy Harris, felt they were doing what needed to be done to save his life. But what ended up happening after police in Sarasota, Florida, burst into Matthew's condo, put him in handcuffs, and placed him on ...
Authors E.J. Dionne, Norman Ornstein, and Thomas Mann recently published a book to help us through this challenging time, “One Nation After Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate, and the Not-Yet Deported.” They suggest that we need to recapture our ability to have ...
“Don Fraser: Minnesota's Quiet Crusader” by Iric Nathanson; foreword by Norman Ornstein (Nodin Press, $19.95): Don Fraser, who spent his adult life serving in government, will be 94 this month. He and his wife, Arvonne, a leader in the 20th-century women's movement, are DFL elders and the respect in ...
As someone who considers himself a conservative, I applaud Washington University's granting of permission to Davis to address the student body, as they did for right-wing thinkers such as National Review writer David French and conservative author Norman Ornstein. However, I am afraid that I do have a ...
At this point you've got to be pretty naive to think there's a chance that Donald Trump can redeem himself as president. Most progressives have lowered the bar of expectation for him to such a historic low that liberal pundits like Fareed Zakaria consider Trump's bombing of Syrian military bases, which ...
“Memo to journalists and pundits … who will comment after the State of the Union: a president reading from a teleprompter for 45 minutes without melting down does not make him presidential,” pundit Norman Ornstein tweeted Sunday. By Monday afternoon, the comment had more than 8,500 retweets and ...
... values or an expression of them? E. J. Dionne, Norman Ornstein, and Thomas Mann see this presidency as a distortion of the country's character. But what if it's the opposite? by Anthony B. Robinson January 22, 2018. In Review: image of E.J. Dionne, Norman Ornstein, and Thomas Mann's book about Trump, resistance ...
"One who stands out is government scholar Norman Ornstein, who gave an invited Lincoln Lecture at the College of Law last spring. A compelling lecture generally starts with a compelling topic — in this case, the historical and demographic factors that have caused American democracy to be so fractious ...
Diane Rehm is back on the air, discussing the state of the country one year after the inauguration of President Trump. Later this week, the beloved host will welcome a panel of political analysts, delving into how the country has changed since the election, and what's ahead for the White House, Congress ...

"It [bipartisanship] has largely been broken," said political analyst Norman Ornstein of the Washington-based American Enterprise Institute. "This has gotten more than acrimonious." Ornstein compared the Russia probes to Congress' investigation of the Watergate scandal that caused former President ...
Since the 1980s, every political reporter struggling to make sense of Washington has sooner or later turned to the same person for insight. Norman Ornstein, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, is perhaps America's most eminent political analyst. His newest book, One Nation After Trump: ...
It's written by Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne Jr., whose views appear in this newspaper, plus Norman Ornstein, of the American Enterprise Institute, and Thomas Mann, of the Brookings Institution. Ever since President Ronald Reagan, the book contends, the Republican base has become more ...
In the past three days, Republican leaders in the Senate scrambled to corral votes for a tax bill that the Joint Committee on Taxation said would add $1 trillion to the deficit — without holding any meaningful committee hearings. Worse, Republican leaders have been blunt about their motivation: to deliver on ...
(Chao's husband, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, just pushed through a $1.5 trillion tax cut.) "We should also not discriminate" against private firms wanting to partner with public entities, Chao said. Norman Ornstein at the American Enterprise Institute had a different view of the proposal: ...
And those now have a life of their own on the Hill and on the airwaves almost independent of Trump”-Bill Kristol. “Defining deviancy down. Trump, Franklin Graham, Tony Perkins, Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell and too many more”-Norman Ornstein. “Getting the President to say what he wants is the easy part.
By other advisors, he meant Stephen Miller. With some critics even calling Miller “President Miller”, the question of whether Miller is the mastermind behind some of Trump's most controversial stances on immigration needs to be addressed. Norman Ornstein, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, ...
How should we explain the fact that President Trump got away with making 2,140 false or misleading claims during his initial year in office? Both the left, in “America's First Postmodern President” (written by Jeet Heer in The New Republic last summer), and the right, in “Donald Trump is the First President to ...
Norman Ornstein is resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and co-author, with E.J. Dionne and Thomas Mann, of “One Nation ...
That's at least the view from American Enterprise Institute scholar Norman Ornstein, an expert on Congress who co-authored a book called “It's ...
Ironically, Trump may get wins despite himself, said Norman Ornstein, a congressional analyst at Washington's center-right American ...
Five years ago, political scholars Norman Ornstein and Thomas Mann published an article with this bracing conclusion: "Let's just say it: The ...
Its three authors, EJ Dionne Jr, Norman Ornstein and Thomas Mann, are subtle Washington analysts and masters of good old-fashioned ...
Speaking here at the Cosmos Club early in October, Norman Ornstein, of the conservative American Enterprise Institute, said sadly, but with ...
This week on Freak Out And Carry On, Ron Suskind and Heather Cox Richardson talk with Norman Ornstein, contributing editor for The Atlantic ...
Norman Ornstein, a scholar at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, called the move a "manipulation of faux patriotism." Democratic ...
There are good things to be said for "One Nation After Trump," a survival guide to our current dilemma by Thomas Mann, Norman Ornstein, and ...
“We have an existential threat to our democracy right now,” said American Enterprise Institute resident scholar Norman Ornstein. In the realm of ...
(Political scholars Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein proved as much in their 2012 book “It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American ...
SIEGEL: Thomas Mann is a co-author with Norman Ornstein and E.J. Dionne of the forthcoming book "One Nation After Trump: A Guide For The ...
SIEGEL: Thomas Mann is a co-author with Norman Ornstein and E.J. Dionne of the forthcoming book "One Nation After Trump: A Guide For The ...
... the New Politics of Extremism" by Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein, two renowned political scholars, one on the left, the other on the right.
"This was an extremely courageous thing for them to do," said Norman Ornstein, a political scientist at the American Enterprise Institute.
"He's a smart guy, and if he sticks around, he could be a real player," says Norman Ornstein, an expert on Congress at the conservative ...
“It could be disastrous,” said Norman Ornstein, a scholar at the conservative-leaning American Enterprise Institute who specializes in Congress.
“If I were Chuck Schumer, I'd be talking to McCain, Collins, Murkowski—and everybody else,” said Norman Ornstein of the American Enterprise ...
“There might be a Svengali-like capacity in Mitch McConnell that I have not been able to discern,” says Norman Ornstein. Above, McConnell on ...
John McCain's bipartisan appeal referred to congressional scholar Norman Ornstein as being with the Brookings Institution. He is with the ...
“He is just a genuine figure and a great American hero, for all his warts and all the frustrations,” said Norman Ornstein, a congressional scholar ...
We are experiencing what Norman Ornstein and Thomas Mann called "asymmetric polarization," in a book aptly titled It's Even Worse Than It ...
“It is quite wonderful to have Norman Ornstein serve as this year's Hunter B. Andrews Fellow,” said W&M President Taylor Reveley. “He has ...
Mark Halperin of Bloomberg News name checked the longtime political observer Norman Ornstein — who, incidentally, has been both a ...
Norman Ornstein, American Enterprise Institute · Sean Hannity, "Hannity" (Fox News); Follow White House Spokesperson @SeanSpicer on Twitter · Dean Baquet, The New York Times.


 

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