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Norman Ornstein

Bestselling Author, Political Analyst & Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute

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 Norman Ornstein Biography

Norman Ornstein is a long-time observer of Congress and politics. He pens a weekly column for Roll Call called "Congress Inside Out" and is an election eve analyst for CBS News. He served as co-director of the AEI-Brookings Election Reform Project and participates in AEI's Election Watch series. He also served as a senior counselor to the Continuity of Government Commission, working to ensure that our institutions of government can be maintained in the event of a terrorist attack on Washington; his efforts in this area were recounted in a profile of him in the June 2003 Atlantic Monthly. Ornstein led a working group of scholars and practitioners that helped shape the McCain-Feingold Law, which reformed the campaign financing system.

His many books include The Permanent Campaign and Its Future; The Broken Branch: How Congress Is Failing America and How to Get It Back on Track, which was co-written with Thomas E. Mann and named one of the best books of 2006 by The Washington Post and dubbed "a classic" by The Economist; and most recently, the New York Times bestseller It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism, also co-written with Tom Mann.

He has also written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, and other major publications, and regularly appears on such television programs as The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Nightline, and Charlie Rose.

Through a combination of scholarship, hard journalism, and practical down-to-earth understanding of human nature, he shares his insights on the Washington political scene, major elections, and such hot issues as campaign finance reform, economic policy, and healthcare.

Ornstein also dabbles in comedy. He began working with Al Franken in 1992 when he served as Comedy Central's pollster and commentator covering the party conventions and the election for "Indecision '92." He has also done comedy with satirist Mark Russell.

Ornstein co-directed a multi-year effort called the Transition to Governing Project to create a better climate for governing in the era of the permanent campaign and is currently co-directing a project on election reform. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), the Campaign Legal Center, and the Board of Trustees of the US Capitol Historical Society and he was also elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2004.

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It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism

It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism

The Broken Branch: How Congress Is Failing America and How to Get It Back on Track (Institutions of American Democracy)

The Broken Branch: How Congress Is Failing America and How to Get It Back on Track (Institutions of American Democracy)

Speaking Topics
  • The Institution of Compromise: Why Hyper-partisanship is No Laughing Matter

    With a political climate that reveals an unprecedented level of hyper-partisanship and an extreme unwillingness to compromise, longtime political pundit and commentator, Norman Ornstein outlines how the U.S. is on the brink of institutional collapse and doubled-over in deadlock. As chronicled in his recent book, *Its Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism* (2012), Ornstein identifies the two primary causes behind this pernicious state of affairs. At the lead is the issue of party mismatch and a governing system that makes it difficult for majorities to act. In close second is the issue of party culpability and asymmetric polarization. With a unique sense of humor, extraordinary eye for detail and over 30 years in the field, Ornstein discusses specifically what each of these issues entails and their possible solutions.
    • The American Political Landscape
    • The Direction of the Obama Administration in Politics and Policy
    • The Politics of Health Care Reform
    • Politics and Economic Policy
    • What's So Funny About Washington (Half Humorous, Half Serious Talk)

  • It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: Political Polarization in Washington

    Nonpartisan congressional scholar Norm Ornstein discusses the hyperpartisanship that has seeped into every part of our political process. With Congress deadlocked and our two main political parties abandoning the idea of compromise, our political system is at a standstill. Ornstein identifies the two overriding problems in our institutions – the parliamentary shape our system has taken and the vehemently adversarial parties than have become ideologically extreme. With nothing happening simply for the good of the country, both sides would rather block bills they once supported than let the other Party have a “win.” While Ornstein states that there is no panacea, he does offer useful reform ideas, endorsing solutions like greater public participation, an institutional restructuring of the House and Senate, and a focus on fixing the true causes of the dysfunction rather than a rinse-and-repeat cycle of “throwing the bums out.”

  • Other Topics

    Politics and Washington, The Bush White House, The Elections Ahead, The Politics of Health Policy, Politics and Economic Policy, Politics and Foreign Policy

  • What's So Funny About Washington

  • Understanding the Upcoming Election

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Norman Ornstein

Bestselling Author, Political Analyst & Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute

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Norman Ornstein Biography

Norman Ornstein is a long-time observer of Congress and politics. He pens a weekly column for Roll Call called "Congress Inside Out" and is an election eve analyst for CBS News. He served as co-director of the AEI-Brookings Election Reform Project and participates in AEI's Election Watch series. He also served as a senior counselor to the Continuity of Government Commission, working to ensure that our institutions of government can be maintained in the event of a terrorist attack on Washington; his efforts in this area were recounted in a profile of him in the June 2003 Atlantic Monthly. Ornstein led a working group of scholars and practitioners that helped shape the McCain-Feingold Law, which reformed the campaign financing system.

His many books include The Permanent Campaign and Its Future; The Broken Branch: How Congress Is Failing America and How to Get It Back on Track, which was co-written with Thomas E. Mann and named one of the best books of 2006 by The Washington Post and dubbed "a classic" by The Economist; and most recently, the New York Times bestseller It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism, also co-written with Tom Mann.

He has also written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, and other major publications, and regularly appears on such television programs as The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Nightline, and Charlie Rose.

Through a combination of scholarship, hard journalism, and practical down-to-earth understanding of human nature, he shares his insights on the Washington political scene, major elections, and such hot issues as campaign finance reform, economic policy, and healthcare.

Ornstein also dabbles in comedy. He began working with Al Franken in 1992 when he served as Comedy Central's pollster and commentator covering the party conventions and the election for "Indecision '92." He has also done comedy with satirist Mark Russell.

Ornstein co-directed a multi-year effort called the Transition to Governing Project to create a better climate for governing in the era of the permanent campaign and is currently co-directing a project on election reform. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), the Campaign Legal Center, and the Board of Trustees of the US Capitol Historical Society and he was also elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2004.

Norman Ornstein Videos

  • State of emergency: Norman Ornstein on Trump's border wall
    Norman Ornstein, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., and a contributing editor for the Atlantic, says that...
  • Norman Ornstein | 2014 Thomas W. Lambeth Lecture at UNC-Chapel Hill
    Norman Ornstein is a political scientist, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, and long-time observer and scholar of Congress and...

Norman Ornstein Books

Norman Ornstein Speaking Topics

  • The Institution of Compromise: Why Hyper-partisanship is No Laughing Matter

    With a political climate that reveals an unprecedented level of hyper-partisanship and an extreme unwillingness to compromise, longtime political pundit and commentator, Norman Ornstein outlines how the U.S. is on the brink of institutional collapse and doubled-over in deadlock. As chronicled in his recent book, *Its Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism* (2012), Ornstein identifies the two primary causes behind this pernicious state of affairs. At the lead is the issue of party mismatch and a governing system that makes it difficult for majorities to act. In close second is the issue of party culpability and asymmetric polarization. With a unique sense of humor, extraordinary eye for detail and over 30 years in the field, Ornstein discusses specifically what each of these issues entails and their possible solutions.
    • The American Political Landscape
    • The Direction of the Obama Administration in Politics and Policy
    • The Politics of Health Care Reform
    • Politics and Economic Policy
    • What's So Funny About Washington (Half Humorous, Half Serious Talk)

  • It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: Political Polarization in Washington

    Nonpartisan congressional scholar Norm Ornstein discusses the hyperpartisanship that has seeped into every part of our political process. With Congress deadlocked and our two main political parties abandoning the idea of compromise, our political system is at a standstill. Ornstein identifies the two overriding problems in our institutions – the parliamentary shape our system has taken and the vehemently adversarial parties than have become ideologically extreme. With nothing happening simply for the good of the country, both sides would rather block bills they once supported than let the other Party have a “win.” While Ornstein states that there is no panacea, he does offer useful reform ideas, endorsing solutions like greater public participation, an institutional restructuring of the House and Senate, and a focus on fixing the true causes of the dysfunction rather than a rinse-and-repeat cycle of “throwing the bums out.”

  • Other Topics

    Politics and Washington, The Bush White House, The Elections Ahead, The Politics of Health Policy, Politics and Economic Policy, Politics and Foreign Policy

  • What's So Funny About Washington

  • Understanding the Upcoming Election

FAQs on booking Norman Ornstein

  • How to book Norman Ornstein?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Norman Ornstein for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Norman Ornstein, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Norman Ornstein or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Norman Ornstein?

    Booking fees for Norman Ornstein, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Norman Ornstein, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Norman Ornstein?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Norman Ornstein for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Norman Ornstein for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Norman Ornstein or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Norman Ornstein or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Norman Ornstein is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Norman Ornstein for your event is $20,000 - $30,000. Norman Ornstein generally travels from Washington, DC, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Ben Stein, Andrea Mitchell, Morton Kondracke, Ellen Goodman and Catherine Crier. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Norman Ornstein for an upcoming event.

Norman Ornstein Speaker Videos

  • State of emergency: Norman Ornstein on Trump's border wall
    Norman Ornstein, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., and a contributing editor for the Atlantic, says that if President Donald Trump can succeed with his...
    Norman Ornstein | 2014 Thomas W. Lambeth Lecture at UNC-Chapel Hill
    Norman Ornstein is a political scientist, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, and long-time observer and scholar of Congress and politics. He writes the weekly “Washington Inside...

Norman Ornstein Speaking Topics

  • The Institution of Compromise: Why Hyper-partisanship is No Laughing Matter

    With a political climate that reveals an unprecedented level of hyper-partisanship and an extreme unwillingness to compromise, longtime political pundit and commentator, Norman Ornstein outlines how the U.S. is on the brink of institutional collapse and doubled-over in deadlock. As chronicled in his recent book, *Its Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism* (2012), Ornstein identifies the two primary causes behind this pernicious state of affairs. At the lead is the issue of party mismatch and a governing system that makes it difficult for majorities to act. In close second is the issue of party culpability and asymmetric polarization. With a unique sense of humor, extraordinary eye for detail and over 30 years in the field, Ornstein discusses specifically what each of these issues entails and their possible solutions.
    • The American Political Landscape
    • The Direction of the Obama Administration in Politics and Policy
    • The Politics of Health Care Reform
    • Politics and Economic Policy
    • What's So Funny About Washington (Half Humorous, Half Serious Talk)

  • It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: Political Polarization in Washington

    Nonpartisan congressional scholar Norm Ornstein discusses the hyperpartisanship that has seeped into every part of our political process. With Congress deadlocked and our two main political parties abandoning the idea of compromise, our political system is at a standstill. Ornstein identifies the two overriding problems in our institutions – the parliamentary shape our system has taken and the vehemently adversarial parties than have become ideologically extreme. With nothing happening simply for the good of the country, both sides would rather block bills they once supported than let the other Party have a “win.” While Ornstein states that there is no panacea, he does offer useful reform ideas, endorsing solutions like greater public participation, an institutional restructuring of the House and Senate, and a focus on fixing the true causes of the dysfunction rather than a rinse-and-repeat cycle of “throwing the bums out.”

  • Other Topics

    Politics and Washington, The Bush White House, The Elections Ahead, The Politics of Health Policy, Politics and Economic Policy, Politics and Foreign Policy

  • What's So Funny About Washington

  • Understanding the Upcoming Election

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All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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