Congressional scholars Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein are no strangers to D.C. politics. The two of them have been in Washington for more than 40 years — and they’re renowned for their carefully nonpartisan positions.
But now, they say, Congress is more dysfunctional than it has been since the Civil War, and they aren’t hesitating to point a finger at who they think is to blame.
You know, maybe we are better than we were in the period leading up to the Civil War, but that left us with a virtual fracture in our society. We don’t want to see that happen,” Ornstein says.
And listen to their seven and half minute interview from NPR’s Morning Edition.