Is GOP the problem?

Thomas E. Mann, of the left-leaning Brookings Institution, and Norman J. Ornstein, of the right-leaning American Enterprise Institute, contend that the core of the problem with politics today lies with the Republican Party. “The GOP has become an insurgent outlier in American politics,” they wrote in the Washington Post. “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.” But Tim Graham of the Media Research Center doesn’t buy it. “You say extreme partisanship is ruining Washington, and then you turn around and say everything that’s wrong in Washington comes from those horrid Republicans,” he wrote. “Isn’t that awfully partisan?”