Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein in The Washington Post on the solutions for partisanship The bipartisan duo Mann and Ornstein made news this month with an op-ed declaring that Republicans were to blame for polarization. Now they follow up with a (very long) column taking down commonly proposed solutions for ending partisan politics and putting forth a few of their own. "Unfortunately, the cures that get tossed around are often misguided, sometimes even worse than the disease," they write. No use hoping for term limits, publicly financed campaigns, or a third party. Instead, consider realistic campaign finance laws, independently drawn redistricting lines, and filibuster reform.
George W. Bush in The Wall Street Journal on the Arab Spring The former President is having a more public week than usual, and now he has an op-ed outlining how America should approach young democracies that arose in the Arab Spring. "As Americans, our goal should be to help reformers turn the end of tyranny into durable, accountable civic structures. Emerging democracies need strong constitutions, political parties committed to pluralism, and free elections." He says America should be ready for setbacks and be flexible when faced with them. "Yet flexibility does not mean ambiguity. The same principles must apply to all nations."