Breaking ranks: The sidelining of two conservative giants - Opinion - Al Jazeera English
Consider this stunning piece of evidence: On April 27, two pillars of the American political establishment - Thomas E Mann and Norman J Ornstein, two of the most-quoted men in America - dared to break ranks with that dogma in aWashington Post op-ed, based on a book they've just published, It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism. Although the online response was unprecedented, generating more interest than for any other book they have written, the two have been entirely shut out of the Sunday talk show circuit and almost completely shut out of the top five national print outlets as well. The establishment they have been keystone members of, for going on four decades, has suddenly forgotten that they ever even exist.The op-ed was titled bluntly, "Let's just say it: The Republicans are the problem". Mann and Ornstein took West's outrageous claim as a point of departure - not because of West himself, but because of the ho-hum attitude of the GOP as a whole: "It's not that the GOP leadership agrees with West," they wrote, "it is that such extreme remarks and views are now taken for granted."