What Ever Happened to Compromise?

UPDATE: Amy Gutmann and Dennis Thompson discussed compromise and Congressional gridlock with Andrea Mitchell at the National Constitution Center on May 2. Listen to the full podcast: Is compromise a dirty word? Speaker John Boehner spoke for many politicians running for office when he declared “I reject the word.” In the past, political leaders in […]

Taking advice from the master

In a continuing series of posts, David Thornburgh explores the tools and techniques public leaders use to get things done and move more than just a slim majority of a decision-making body to a conclusion. A few weeks ago, the New York Times Sunday Magazine published a blow-by-blow account of President Barack Obama and House […]

Governors Rendell and Whitman on Election 2012: It’s been a shameful clown show

Last night at the National Constitution Center, former Governors Ed Rendell and Christine Todd Whitman offered contrasting perspectives and firsthand knowledge of Election 2012′s key players and issues.

Constitution Check: Would an elected Supreme Court get more respect?

Too often in American politics, a critic of something the Supreme Court has done or that it might do makes a complaint about “unelected judges” overturning the work of elected legislatures.