Some people say Washington has always been partisan. But as the Congressional scholars Norman Ornstein and Thomas Mann have written about, including in their books The Broken Branch and It’s Even Worse Than It Looks, the partisan rancor and lack of willingness to find consensus is worse than ever.
This one minute video beautifully illustrates just how little voting across party lines occurs in Congress anymore, and how much things have deteriorated in the last few decades. The video creates a visual for the research of David Lee, Marcus J. Hamilton, Mauro Martino, Christian E. Gunning, and John Armistead Selden, who quantify and visualize House partisanship in their paper “The Rise of Partisanship and Super-Cooperators in the U.S. House of Representatives.” (“This 60-second animation shows how divided Congress has become over the last 60 years.” YouTube, uploaded by Business Insider, 11 May 2016, www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBlpjSEtELs.)
A politician who self-described as having a “Democrat heart with a Republican head,” Nelson Rockefeller would be something of a political anomaly today. Biographer Richard Norton Smith, author of “On His Own Terms,” joins Judy Woodruff to discuss what distinguished the four-time New York governor and former vice president. (“Looking back at the life and politics of Nelson Rockefeller.” YouTube, uploaded by PBS News Hour, 10 Nov 2014, www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBlpjSEtELs.)
U.S. Senator Susan Collins, who currently holds Senator Margaret Chase Smith’s seat in the Senate, spoke on the Senate floor to mark the 50th anniversary of the day Senator Smith announced her candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination. (“Senator Susan Collins pays tribute to Margaret Chase Smith.” YouTube, uploaded by Senator Susan Collins, 27 Jan 2014, www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBlpjSEtELs.)
Dr. Hans Rosling, a Swedish physician and professor of international health, passed away recently. He and his work embodied liberalism’s faith in progress. (See the review of Edmund Fawcett’s Liberalism: The Life of an Idea.)
Watch either or both of these short videos of Dr. Rosling’s and be inspired.