“We have been studying Washington politics and Congress for more than 40 years, and never have we seen them this dysfunctional,” wrote Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein in the Washington Post. “In our past writings, we have criticized both parties when we believed it was warranted. Today, however, we have no choice but to acknowledge that the core of the problem lies with the Republican Party.”
European leaders heading to the home of Thomas Mann’s Magic Mountain sanatorium are surprising credit-ratings companies, and the economists who agree with them, as the consensus predicts another year of trauma for the euro area.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who called a Democratic state senator an “arrogant S.O.B.” this week, joins a distinguished and bipartisan line of politicians who have employed the term. It may help him too.