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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 an emeritus scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. He is a contributing editor and writer for The Atlantic and has been an election eve analyst for CBS News and BBC News. He is also Chairman of the Board of the Campaign Legal Center. Ornstein is Vice President of the Matthew Harris Ornstein Memorial Foundation, named in memory of his son Matthew, who died accidentally on January 3, 2015 after a ten year struggle with serious mental illness. The Foundation, which sponsors a summer debate institute for public school kids in the Washington, DC area, spearheaded the documentary The Definition of Insanity, which premiered at the Miami Film Festival in March 2020 and was broadcast nationally on PBS in April 2020, about the transformational program on criminal justice and mental illness created by Judge Steve Leifman in Miami-Dade Country, Florida.

Ornstein was elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2004. He was named one of the top 100 global thinkers in 2012 by Foreign Policy Magazine and one of the 250 most influential people in Washington in 2021 by Washingtonian Magazine. His many books include The New York Times bestseller, It's Even Worse Than It Looks with Tom Mann and One Nation After Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate and the Not-Yet-Deported (2017) with EJ Dionne and Tom Mann, which was immediately on the New York Times and Washington Post bestseller lists. Ornstein has a BA from the University of Minnesota and an MA and PhD from the University of Michigan.

Speaking Topics
  • Understanding the Upcoming Election

  • What's So Funny About Washington

  • 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

  • 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.”

  • 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)

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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)

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

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Norman Ornstein Biography

Norman Ornstein is an emeritus scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. He is a contributing editor and writer for The Atlantic and has been an election eve analyst for CBS News and BBC News. He is also Chairman of the Board of the Campaign Legal Center. Ornstein is Vice President of the Matthew Harris Ornstein Memorial Foundation, named in memory of his son Matthew, who died accidentally on January 3, 2015 after a ten year struggle with serious mental illness. The Foundation, which sponsors a summer debate institute for public school kids in the Washington, DC area, spearheaded the documentary The Definition of Insanity, which premiered at the Miami Film Festival in March 2020 and was broadcast nationally on PBS in April 2020, about the transformational program on criminal justice and mental illness created by Judge Steve Leifman in Miami-Dade Country, Florida.

Ornstein was elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2004. He was named one of the top 100 global thinkers in 2012 by Foreign Policy Magazine and one of the 250 most influential people in Washington in 2021 by Washingtonian Magazine. His many books include The New York Times bestseller, It's Even Worse Than It Looks with Tom Mann and One Nation After Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate and the Not-Yet-Deported (2017) with EJ Dionne and Tom Mann, which was immediately on the New York Times and Washington Post bestseller lists. Ornstein has a BA from the University of Minnesota and an MA and PhD from the University of Michigan.

Norman Ornstein Speaking Topics

  • Understanding the Upcoming Election

  • What's So Funny About Washington

  • 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

  • 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.”

  • 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)

Norman Ornstein Videos

  • How to Fix Democracy | Norman Ornstein - YouTube
    Aug 16, 2019 ... Norman Ornstein, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, has been immersed in U.S. politics since the late 1960s and...
  • 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...

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  • How to book Norman Ornstein?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Norman Ornstein for both live and virtual events for over 20 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 for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. 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 between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking 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 20 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 such as Understanding the Upcoming Election, What's So Funny About Washington, Other Topics, It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: Political Polarization in Washington and The Institution of Compromise: Why Hyper-partisanship is No Laughing Matter. The estimated speaking fee range to book Norman Ornstein for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. 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, Todd Buchholz, Andrea Mitchell, Linda Chavez and Juan Williams. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Norman Ornstein for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Norman Ornstein Speaking Topics

  • Understanding the Upcoming Election

  • What's So Funny About Washington

  • 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

  • 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.”

  • 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)

Norman Ornstein Speaker Videos

  • How to Fix Democracy | Norman Ornstein - YouTube
    Aug 16, 2019 ... Norman Ornstein, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, has been immersed in U.S. politics since the late 1960s and has ...
    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...
    Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein - "It's Even Worse Than It Looks ...
    Oct 3, 2013 ... "It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism" was the topic of ...
  • Thomas Mann/Norman Ornstein Lecture at Colorado State University
    Jan 30, 2013 ... Thomas Mann/Norman Ornstein lecture at the UCA on October 17th, 2012. For more videos about CSU, check out Colorado State University's ...

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