‘The core of the problem lies with the Republican Party’

Thomas E. Mann of the Brookings Institution and Norman Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute, two of the most respected non-partisan political analysts in Washington, go ahead and say it:

“We have been studying Washington politics and Congress for more than 40 years, and never have we seen them this dysfunctional. In our past writings, we have criticized both parties when we believed it was warranted. Today, however, we have no choice but to acknowledge that the core of the problem lies with the Republican Party.

The GOP has become an insurgent outlier in American politics. It is ideologically extreme; scornful of compromise; unmoved by conventional understanding of facts, evidence and science; and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition.

When one party moves this far from the mainstream, it makes it nearly impossible for the political system to deal constructively with the country’s challenges.”

Yup. That sums it up nicely, I’m afraid.

And as they conclude, the situation is not going to change until the Republicans are forced to pay a very heavy price for their extremism at the polls, and that’s not likely to happen anytime soon. The result is a paralyzed system of governance at a critical time in this nation’s history.

– Jay Bookman

549 comments Add your comment

getalife

April 28th, 2012
12:48 pm

Told ya.

First.

getalife

April 28th, 2012
12:50 pm

Perhaps corporate media will stop giving the gop a free pass and call out the gop leaders.

Man up corporate media.

larry

April 28th, 2012
12:54 pm

The Repubs got criticized by someone from AEI? That is saying a lot. And it is not just at the federal level.

It is just as bad , if not worse at the state level.

Jm

April 28th, 2012
12:57 pm

Democrats are expunging their moderate members

Democrats are trending über liberal progressive

They are still 1/2 the problem

getalife

April 28th, 2012
12:58 pm

No jm,

You lie.

getalife

April 28th, 2012
12:59 pm

gop blood in the water.

Attack, attack, attack.

Lets end this radical party.

Jm

April 28th, 2012
1:00 pm

From politico

Two moderate Democratic congressmen who voted against President Barack Obama’s health care bill lost in primaries this week. Pennsylvania Rep. Jason Altmire lost to Rep. Mark Critz, a fellow Democrat who was drawn into the same southwestern Pennsylvania district. Across the state, veteran Democratic Rep. Tim Holden lost renomination in a seat that had been dramatically redrawn.
 
By purging moderates are Democrats undermining their claim to be a broad, “big tent” party? Or will a “purer” liberal approach help present a starker contrast against Republicans?

Brosephus™

April 28th, 2012
1:00 pm

I read that article earlier this am. I was not gonna comment on it as I know there will be plenty of but… but… but… going on.

Brosephus™

April 28th, 2012
1:02 pm

jm

Democrats are just now purging. Republicans have been purging this entire century. One started the trend while the other one has to come along as a result. Read the article.

Jm

April 28th, 2012
1:02 pm

Jm

April 28th, 2012
1:03 pm

Bro you might want to read the Wapo piece

getalife

April 28th, 2012
1:04 pm

Actually, progressives have been purging corrupt dems.

Perhaps the cons should follow their lead.

Jm

April 28th, 2012
1:05 pm

“Recall the famous Blue Dog Democrats who were fiscally responsible and socially conservative? They’ve left or been defeated. (“With the defeat of Mr. Altmire and Mr. Holden, a Blue Dog coalition of conservative Democrats that peaked in 2010 at 54 dipped prospectively to 23.”)”

Lord Help Us

April 28th, 2012
1:05 pm

Sure Jm, one very biased author doing exactly what the AEI article says…’They’re just as bad…’

Got you…hook, line, sinker.

getalife

April 28th, 2012
1:06 pm

jm,

I watch them on C-Span and don’t need a rw pundit to tell me how to think.

Jm

April 28th, 2012
1:07 pm

“Indeed this process has been going on for some time. With the exception of Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), who began as a Democrat but is now an independent, there is no hawkish senator in the mold of Sen. Sam Nunn (D-Ga.). The moderate senator with the highest profile in recent years, Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.), left the Senate in 2010 complaining about polarization and gridlock.”

getalife

April 28th, 2012
1:09 pm

jm,

Stop the deflection of blame and focus on the gop think tanks.

They knew they would lose all credibility left if they did not write this obvious fact.

The days of cowardly blaming the dems are over.

Time for you to man up and admit this fact.

Brosephus™

April 28th, 2012
1:09 pm

jm

If you’re talking about Jennifer Rubin’s piece on a Right-leaning blog, I read that one too. I’d wager that the one Jay referenced is a bit less partisaned in opinion than the one you linked to. Blue Dogs peaked in 2010. When did the moderate Republicans peak… 1980? 1990?

I would say that you could do better than that, but I’m not THAT optimistic…

Jm

April 28th, 2012
1:12 pm

Getalife

I watch cspan too

Wasserman-Schulz is legitimately whacked out

Jm

April 28th, 2012
1:13 pm

Bro

You’re reading a left wing blog trying to claim a right wing blog has no cred and defending the left wing blogger? Ah the irony

getalife

April 28th, 2012
1:14 pm

“Wasserman-Schulz is legitimately whacked out.”

Why? Because she fights back.

I watched her freshmen year during the w disaster and thought she would lead.

Jm

April 28th, 2012
1:15 pm

Jennifer rubin the right wing person cites the NY times. Are you going to claim the ny times is right wing too bro?

If so this should get interesting

I remember

April 28th, 2012
1:16 pm

Of course it was the democrats who passed the most liberal health care takeover bill they could buy, bribe and lie their way through a Christmas Eve session of a lame duck congress without regard to the wishes of the people. Of course it was the democrats who passed the misbegotten, shovel ready stimulus. TARP 1, passed by a bipartisan majority, made money for the country while Obama’s stimulus was a giant trillion dollar sop to democrat special interests. Of course it is the Democrats who are busy with class warfare chosing to divide rather than unite. Of course its Obama who ran up more dificits in less time than any other president ever. Of course it’s the democrats who have now created an apparently endless structural deficit of 1.4 trillion a year. Obama is the most diviisive, most partisan president in my lifetime.
And the least competent.
Bookman’s column is a progressive fantasy concieved in a stupor brought on by too much Rachel Madow. I want to puke.

getalife

April 28th, 2012
1:16 pm

jm,

You have no credibility but it is great to finally see some from your think tanks.

Try holding your corrupt party accountable like the pros.

Do it for your country.

getalife

April 28th, 2012
1:17 pm

“I want to puke.”

Yes the cowardly blame to the dems is sickening.

Jm

April 28th, 2012
1:18 pm

Getalife

I prefer Cato over aei

TaxPayer

April 28th, 2012
1:19 pm

How long before Brookings and AEI are labeled as ultra left wing radical groups by Republicans.

Jm

April 28th, 2012
1:19 pm

Getalife, Jay has no cred

getalife

April 28th, 2012
1:19 pm

jm,

Man up son.

It is obvious and I remember telling you cons this is what would happen.

F. Sinkwich

April 28th, 2012
1:20 pm

O’bozo in Rolling Stone:

“Frankly, I know there are good, decent Republican on Capitol Hill who, in a different environment, would welcome the capacity to work with me”

Name some names, O’bozo.

Those RINOs need to be challenged in the Primaries.

Compromising with those bent on “fundamentally transforming” America into a euro-socialist basket case connot be tolerated.

larry

April 28th, 2012
1:21 pm

I pretty much doubt that Ronald Reagan would be elected the presidential nominee today. Yes , the right has gone that far right in 30+ years.

Jm

April 28th, 2012
1:23 pm

Both parties are becoming more extreme

Blame computers if you want to blame anything

Jm

April 28th, 2012
1:24 pm

Given computers aren’t going away, computers should be put in charge of redistricting, not people with agendas

Jay

April 28th, 2012
1:25 pm

And anybody who doubts the accuracy of the piece can find it confirmed in the post by Sinkwich: Any one even suspected of even considering compromise must be hunted down and removed.

Lord Help Us

April 28th, 2012
1:25 pm

larry, that is a good point. Made all the more interesting by the fact that the GOP does not even try to refute it…

larry

April 28th, 2012
1:25 pm

I mean, all one has to look at the flip flop gymnastics that Romney has done this year to see how far right the Repubs have gone.

Ray Charles

April 28th, 2012
1:26 pm

ragnar danneskjold

April 28th, 2012
1:27 pm

Leftism – substituting the thoughts of others for your own, and equating “problem” as “noticing the screwy policies of the opposition.” I think we can agree that the only problem with the failure of the “stimulus” and the popular rejection of “ObamaCare” and the loss of jobs arising from Dodd-Frank is the fact that Republicans uniformly rejected the lunacy.

Lord Help Us

April 28th, 2012
1:27 pm

Wow, it is amazing to watch the responses here illustrate exactly what the article points out…

Jm

April 28th, 2012
1:28 pm

Jay 1:25

So jay assigns truth to a belief based on one blogger on his blog

Good. Then democrats are communists by that logic

larry

April 28th, 2012
1:29 pm

Any one even suspected of even considering compromise must be hunted down and removed

And Reagan would have been the first ones hunted down, especially after compromising with Tip O’Neal.

Funny, though, all during the primaries , every single canidate kept calling themselves a Reagan Republican. Makes you wonder if they even remember how Reagan was.

F. Sinkwich

April 28th, 2012
1:30 pm

Bingo, Jay.

Perhaps the first in line might be anyone who worked with Teddy Kennedy on anything.

Hatch and Lugar come to mind.

At least Snowe is leaving.

larry

April 28th, 2012
1:32 pm

Perhaps the first in line might be anyone who worked with Teddy Kennedy on anything.

Well, there goes the Bushes.

Wonder who will hunt them down, Chaney? Nugent ?

What about George W. Bush?

April 28th, 2012
1:39 pm

Of course it is the Democrats who are busy with class warfare chosing to divide rather than unite. Of course its Obama who ran up more dificits in less time than any other president ever. Of course it’s the democrats who have now created an apparently endless structural deficit of 1.4 trillion a year.

Two wars with no funds allocated to pay for them…and weapons of mass destruction….lest we forget?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pojL_35QlSI&ob=av2e

Jay

April 28th, 2012
1:40 pm

You mean like Mitt Romney worked with Ted on RomneyCare, Sinkwich?

Whatever happened to that Romney guy, anyway?

F. Sinkwich

April 28th, 2012
1:49 pm

Romney was a senator?

I didn’t know that.

larry

April 28th, 2012
1:49 pm

You mean like Mitt Romney worked with Ted on RomneyCare, Sinkwich?

Mitt Romney, 2012: Ted who ?

I dont seem to recall him ……….

getalife

April 28th, 2012
1:49 pm

Americans that finally admit the obvious.

Now they should stand up to the corporate media and tell them to stop giving the gop a free pass and hold them accountable.

Actions speak louder than words.

What about George W. Bush?

April 28th, 2012
1:50 pm

Is W campaigning for Mitt Romney?

Normal Free, plain and simple

April 28th, 2012
1:51 pm

Republican Party= Fascism under the guise of Christendom

Jay

April 28th, 2012
1:53 pm

getalife

April 28th, 2012
1:53 pm

w is on a bike ride.

barking frog

April 28th, 2012
1:55 pm

The core of the problem
is that pundits fail to
recognize the desire of
the people to stalemate
the government 2 yrs
into each presidential
term.

GT

April 28th, 2012
1:55 pm

They will change how America governs itself. More routing around Congressional approval, executive power will become used more and if ,and I believe he will, Obama is elected to a second term he will have the Supreme Court in his pocket to protect what he does. A democratic government is an equation. More on one side of this equation will cause more on the other to equal the impasse and to run the government. The Tea Party and ALEC have an ingenious plan. Freeze federal government, infiltrate into the state government, and push state right at a level where money speaks. A dictatorship is formed at the corrupt grassroots levels and we now have the banana republic the Republicans crave so deeply. There will come a face off at some crossroad in the future. I even see with the gun crazy violate right a possible civil war. And if the right wins that war? A small government with lots of laws, no Sunday sales, large prison populations, lots of expensive wars to exhaust our treasury, women and minorities second tier citizens again, and very dull people holding down our lives.

larry

April 28th, 2012
1:56 pm

Here you go , F. Sinkwich……………

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4iTtNGjFY4

ragnar danneskjold

April 28th, 2012
1:56 pm

I once read a third grader’s essay that read, almost in toto : “Jenna said Tommy is a poopy-head, so it must be true.” The difference between that third grader essay and today’s argument is the efficiency of thought in the third-grader’s work.

getalife

April 28th, 2012
1:58 pm

frog,

I guess you forgot the gop rubber stamp congress with w.

I watched them blow up the deficit.

larry

April 28th, 2012
2:00 pm

What a difference 6 years makes.

TaxPayer

April 28th, 2012
2:08 pm

The GOP’s success with pushing through their agenda thus far has been a result of their free-flowing lies and deceit. Time is not on their side.

barking frog

April 28th, 2012
2:08 pm

getalife
06 w got a dem congress
from the people

Brosephus™

April 28th, 2012
2:13 pm

You’re reading a left wing blog trying to claim a right wing blog has no cred and defending the left wing blogger? Ah the irony

No. You are reading a left wing blog. I, on the other hand, was referring to the actual article that Jay linked to. There is a huge difference between the two, and the irony is that you are to partisanly dense to realize the difference. I’ll repeat what I said earlier. Read the article, and not just the snoot.

F. Sinkwich

April 28th, 2012
2:15 pm

The republican primary is over, folks. Romney is the guy.

He ain’t perfect but he’s the best we’ve got. I will vigorously support him over O’bozo.

Sure, he once was blind on some issues but now he can see.

Brosephus™

April 28th, 2012
2:17 pm

*snippet. Damn autocorrect…

barking frog

April 28th, 2012
2:20 pm

getalife
willard will win
unless you work
very hard.

TaxPayer

April 28th, 2012
2:20 pm

Romney is obviously the best the GOP has, Sinkwich. I don’t recall anyone on the left denying that. So, which version of him do you like the most.

F. Sinkwich

April 28th, 2012
2:23 pm

Tax, the severely conservative one.

larry

April 28th, 2012
2:23 pm

Sure, he once was blind on some issues but now he can see.

No, its called flip flopping.

getalife

April 28th, 2012
2:24 pm

The con knee jerk reaction is but the dems………..

Hilarious.

jt

April 28th, 2012
2:24 pm

From the NYT————-
The murdering , torturing sociopath Bush was nothing——————–

“Presidents running for re-election typically boast of programs they created, people they helped or laws they signed. They talk about rising test scores or falling deficits or expanding job rolls. President Obama is increasingly taking the unusual route of bragging about how he killed a man.”
.
And the people who worship/support these evil degenerate flyspecs of humanity…………..are themselves…………sociopathic.
/.
Sad but true.

getalife

April 28th, 2012
2:28 pm

frog,

Correct.

The dems did win two years.

willard will lose without my help.

barking frog

April 28th, 2012
2:34 pm

getalife
maybe

getalife

April 28th, 2012
2:35 pm

jt,

obl deserved it.

9/11 ring a bell?

Geez .

larry

April 28th, 2012
2:38 pm

And the people who worship/support these evil degenerate flyspecs of humanity…………..are themselves…………sociopathic.

So are we to assume you want to see the man he brags about killing alive again ?

Because if there was anyone that was an evil degenerate , it was OBL.

Brosephus™

April 28th, 2012
2:52 pm

re you going to claim the ny times is right wing too bro?

Nope, I’m gonna claim that Jennifer Rubin is a cheerleader for the Right, just as you are. ;)

Mark in mid-town

April 28th, 2012
3:01 pm

Back during Obama’s first couple of years in office, before it became apparent just how ineffective his policies have been — there were many opinion pieces in the liberal media playing up how Obama was the most effective president since at least Lyndon B. Johnson in getting his domestic agenda passed. In the time since it’s become increasingly clear that almost none of Obama’s polices have delivered anything near what was promised — we’re told the problem is the extreme Republicans and their unwillingness to ever compromise, implication being that the Republicans have stopped the more *reasonable* Obama and Democrats from making progress for the country.

saywhat?

April 28th, 2012
3:02 pm

The blind sheep like jm and ragnar refuse to see what is plain to everybody else.

I’m just shocked.

Really.

Well maybe just a little.

O.k., not at all.

After all, its been proven that people who are too lazy to think for themselves will, by default, latch onto conservative ideology.

saywhat?

April 28th, 2012
3:10 pm

Jay, since when is the AEI a “non-partisan” think tank? While not officially linked to the Republican party, they are proponents of mostly right wing style libertarianism. Based on that history, that they would print the article they did is even more of an indictment of the right.

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

April 28th, 2012
3:13 pm

“And as they conclude, the situation is not going to change until the Republicans are forced to pay a very heavy price for their extremism at the polls, and that’s not likely to happen anytime soon.”

You are correct in a way you don’t even realize. The majority of the American people are standing against the inane, liberal, destructive policies of the Democrats.

Eventually, the Dems. will import enough illegal immigrants, brainwash enough students and commit enough election fraud to again gain the upper hand. Then the United States will cease to be the greatest nation in the world.

TaxPayer

April 28th, 2012
3:18 pm

Scout,

Leave the pulp fiction to the experts. That was lame.

Lord Help Us

April 28th, 2012
3:19 pm

‘You are correct in a way you don’t even realize. The majority of the American people are standing against the inane, liberal, destructive policies of the Democrats.’

And you evidence to back up your rant would be…

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

April 28th, 2012
3:19 pm

TaxPayer:

“Woman kills man by squeezing his testicles over parking dispute…”

Ah …………………… nevermind.

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

April 28th, 2012
3:20 pm

“And you evidence to back up your rant would be…”

A Republican controlled House and the coming election ! ……………………… :o

saywhat?

April 28th, 2012
3:21 pm

“Eventually, the repubs may intimidate enough legal immigrants, brainwash enough seniors and low information voters, and commit enough election fraud to again gain the upper hand. Then the United States will cease to be the greatest nation in the world.”

Fixed it for you Scout. No thanks necessary.

Lord Help Us

April 28th, 2012
3:22 pm

‘A Republican controlled House and the coming election ! ‘

Oh, you just pulled it from your usual source…

Lord Help Us

April 28th, 2012
3:25 pm

‘A Republican controlled House ‘

The one with 11% job approval?

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

April 28th, 2012
3:27 pm

Both parties are becoming more extreme

Blame computers if you want to blame anything

The modern day version of Flip Wilson’s The devil made me buy this dress.

TaxPayer

April 28th, 2012
3:28 pm

Scout,

The Fed spent 245 billion in 2010 on Fed retiree and vet benefits. That’s the kind of number that really attracts Republican budget cutters like Ryan.

DebbieDoRight - A Do Right Woman

April 28th, 2012
3:31 pm

Catching up on my Jay’s Blog reading when I inadvertently came across this hidden in one of the videos that Jay posted. Being uber inquisitive, some say nosey, I had to find out what it was about and found the below drivel:

Dreams From My REAL Father………..

To understand Obama’s plans for America, the question was not “Where’s the birth certificate?,” the question was “Who is the real father?

This complicates things on a number of different levels. First of all if instead of being the son of a Kenyan sheepherder he’s the son of an American Communist, he is a natural born citizen, so much for the birther theories, since as the offspring of two American citizens he would in fact be a citizen. He would also qualify as a pink diaper baby, the name given to kids were born into relatively comfortable communist families. It would mean that if the birth certificate Obama presented to the public year ago is real, his mother was less than honest when she gave the hospital the information about her son’s father

I just hopes Mrs. Obama sues their azzes in behalf of her daughters.

http://grumpyelder.com/?p=23850

Thomas

April 28th, 2012
3:31 pm

Great blog Jay. How about an analysis of Puff the Majic Dragon later today.

What a joke.

DebbieDoRight - A Do Right Woman

April 28th, 2012
3:32 pm

that should be “hope” not “Hopes”. sorry. :oops:

Lord Help Us

April 28th, 2012
3:33 pm

Dude with all the numbers,

I looked at most major issues (healthcare, taxes, abortion, gas prices, same-sex marriage, who voters trust with the economy, Obama v Romney matchups, and a few others)

Can’t find much to support your statement about how the American people are against the Democrats. You are either very misinformed or quite the liar…

Not a Neal Boortz Redneck

April 28th, 2012
3:33 pm

To the GOP the answer to everything is to cut taxes, cut regulations, and cut social programs down to nothing.

Just like 1929-1939. That is what the GOP wants 1929-1939 — not the 50’s like many say.

There was no EPA, no SS, no Medicare, no FDIC, no Medicaid, no Fannie/Freddie AND WE STILL HAD DEPRESSION.

stevie ray..Clowns to the Left and Jokers to the Right..here I am...

April 28th, 2012
3:41 pm

JAY,

Wow, so now the Spineless One has research apologists for his Carteresque performance? “If only those evil GOP’s would play nice in the sandbox, hope and change, not to mention a physician at every doorstep would be the norm”. Full of it today Jay. After that ridiculous excuse for a HC bill gets voided, his only legacy is that he chose door number 3 of OBL options and guessed right. He’s Jimmy Carter Jay….better teeth but Jimmy Carter.

He’s no longer even the best of the worst…

getalife

April 28th, 2012
3:43 pm

Yeah, they can sue you cons for your attacks now.

Lets start with the birthers and sue trump.

DebbieDoRight - A Do Right Woman

April 28th, 2012
3:44 pm

“Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives…..”

Ayn Rand

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

April 28th, 2012
3:46 pm

Blah, blah, blah Carter. Blah, blah, blah blah Carter. Blah Carter.

See, I too can post like a con.

Dr. Pangloss

April 28th, 2012
3:47 pm

Or, as Bill Maher put it, Democrats have moved to the right; Republicans have moved to crazyland.

getalife

April 28th, 2012
3:48 pm

The cons will stay in la la land so the gop will stay the course.

On the bright side, most of the bills out of corrupt congress are corporate so they should fail.

They can’t agree on cuts because the gop walk away for taxes on the wealthy.

getalife

April 28th, 2012
3:49 pm

corporate welfare.

My bad.

stevie ray..Clowns to the Left and Jokers to the Right..here I am...

April 28th, 2012
3:53 pm

President Blameless’ presidency is soaring like a Korean rocket…too bad the alternatives are equally devoid of leadership skills. I recall Clinton was able to play ball with those mean old, obstructionist GOPs and managed to leave a legacy of favorability despite his moral character flaws and resulting impeachment…I don’t see big ears getting a second term….even by spending enough to feed our hungry for a few months…