This week in my online political book club for TheCopia.com, we’re reading Part 1 of Thomas Mann & Norm Ornstein’s recent book “It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism”.
The first part of the book takes a look at the acrimony and hyperpartisanship that define Congressional politics today and what led us to this point. With Congress’s approval rating at an abysmal 10 percent (even telemarketers received a higher rating) and the presidential campaign kicking into full gear, it’s a very timely topic.
As you read the first part of the book, consider these questions: How do you see the hyperpartisanship and polarization described by Mann & Ornstein playing out in the current election? Do you agree with the authors that the Republican Party is more guilty than the Democrats of refusing to compromise, no matter the cost?
Join or log on to your account on TheCopia.com to read along and join the discussion:
1/ Sign-Up: If you haven’t already created a free account on TheCopia.com, you can sign up at thecopia.com/trippi.
2/ Download the book: Once you create your account, you’ll need to do two things in order to read the book along with us. You need to download an app or reader from Copia. (Instructions at: http://www.thecopia.com/about/applications.html) and then you need to download our book. Just search in the library for “It’s Even Worse Than It Looks” and click download. This is the only way that you’ll be able to see my in-page comments.
3/ Join the Discussion: All of the discussion questions will be posted in my group on thecopia.com.
4/ Read With Us: This book is a short read- and it’s going to be a great discussion. This week (August 14-20) we’ll read up until page 85 (Part I: The Problem). Next week (August 21-27) we’ll read the rest (Part II: What to Do About It).
If you have any questions or have an idea for the club, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org.