Political scholar Ornstein to discuss impact of election on next presidency
Posted: October 29, 2008
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LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Political scientist and commentator Norman J. Ornstein, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and a frequent guest on television shows ranging from CBS News’ programs to "The Colbert Report," will give the final talk in the Bucknell Forum's "The Citizen and Politics in America" series one week after the presidential election.
A senior advisor to the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, Ornstein will talk about the meaning of the 2008 presidential election at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, in Trout Auditorium in the Vaughan Literature Building at Bucknell University. The event is free and open to the public.
"There are few people in the country better prepared than Dr. Ornstein to discuss the election results and their meaning and impact for our next president and our country," said Pete Mackey, Bucknell vice president for Communications and chair of the Bucknell Forum Task Force.
Ornstein, who was the director of the Transition to Governing Project and the founder of the Campaign Finance Reform Working Group, writes a weekly column called "Congress Inside Out" for the Roll Call newspaper.
He regularly appears on TV programs such as ABC News' "Nightline," PBS's "Charlie Rose" and "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer," on which he was recently recognized as the most frequent guest over the program's 30 years. He is a CBS News analyst and was the first guest to appear twice on "The Colbert Report."
Ornstein's books include The Permanent Campaign and Its Future and Intensive Care: How Congress Shapes Health Policy, both with Thomas E. Mann; and Debt and Taxes: How America Got Into Its Budget Mess and What to Do About It, with John H. Makin.
The Broken Branch: How Congress Is Failing America and How to Get It Back on Track, also coauthored with Thomas E. Mann, was published in August 2006 by Oxford University Press. It was picked both by The Washington Post and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch as one of the best books of 2006, and a new expanded edition has just been reissued.
The Bucknell Forum: The Citizen and Politics in America
Focusing on major issues in the 2008 presidential election, the Bucknell Forum series "The Citizen and Politics in America" features nationally renowned leaders, scholars and commentators examining issues at the forefront of today’s national discourse from multi-disciplinary perspectives and a diversity of viewpoints in a model for civil discourse.
This fall, themed "Power and the President," has included a talk by Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin and an interactive polling discussion led by two of the nation’s top pollsters.
This past spring, "Mad Money" host Jim Cramer led off a lineup that included a panel of religion experts who discussed the role of religion in politics and best-selling author Barbara Ehrenreich, who talked about citizenship and class. Syndicated columnist Leonard Pitts rounded out the spring series with a talk titled "America's Second Black President: Race, Politics & Obama."
The fall 2007 lineup included NBC newsman Tim Russert, a panel of national political correspondents and renowned political theorist Benjamin Barber.
In 2009, the Bucknell Forum continues with a new 18-month series focused on "Global Leadership: Questions for the 21st Century."
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