Thomas E. Mann

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Senior Fellow, Governance Studies | The W. Averell Harriman Chair

A noted congressional scholar, Tom Mann writes and speaks widely on American politics and policymaking, including campaigns, elections, campaign finance reform and the effectiveness of Congress. His most recent book, co-authored with Norman Ornstein, is It’s Even Worse Than It Looks:  How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism| View Full Bio

  • In the News

    So my hope from the budget conference is modest.  Turn off the destructive sequester for a year or two, without insisting that all of it be paid for in the same time period. Set realistic spending caps, mandatory spending adjustments, and revenues consistent with that objective.  Drop the threats of another shutdown or debt ceiling standoff. Demonstrate that the regular order still has some currency in Congress.

    November 1, 2013, Thomas E. Mann, CNN
  • Interview | Moyers & Company

    Why Congress is Failing Us

    April 26, 2013

  • In the News

    Sadly, divided party government, which we have because of the Republican House, in a time of extreme partisan polarization, is a formula for inaction and absolutist opposition politics, not for problem solving.

    April 26, 2013, Thomas E. Mann, Moyers & Company
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    Ironically, Obama tried harder and longer than the results merited to work cooperatively with Republicans in Congress. He has learned painfully that his public embrace of a policy virtually ensures Republican opposition and that intensive negotiations with Republican leaders are likely to lead to a dead end. No bourbon and branch-water laced meetings with Republicans in Congress or pre-emptive compromises with them will induce cooperative behavior.

    March 6, 2013, Thomas E. Mann, U.S. News & World Report
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    The reality is it is not tenable simply for Republicans to stay in opposition for the whole second term of President Obama. If they are seen as the obstacle to doing anything to solve our problems, they are writing their own death certificate.

    December 25, 2012, Thomas E. Mann, Voice of America
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    What I would guess is the tea party types and other activist conservatives will heckle him [Rep. Scott DesJarlais] into leaving (Congress). He can expect a (primary) challenge.

    November 16, 2012, Thomas E. Mann, USA Today
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    No consensus between the parties is in sight after the election, and polarization has been exacerbated, not diminished.

    November 10, 2012, Thomas E. Mann, The Arab American News
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    [Obama had a] decisive Electoral College win of at least 303 votes and more than half the popular vote with a 2.5 million margin, while the Republicans lost three Senate seats...It points to an exacerbation of partisan voting and no new coalition building.

    November 7, 2012, Thomas E. Mann, Government Executive
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    They'll defer action [on the budget] for as long as they think they can get away with it... It could be six months. It could be three months.

    October 13, 2012, Thomas E. Mann, The Kansas City Star

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