Prospects for a Less-Polarized Nation

President Barack Obama greets a woman in the audience after speaking at Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio, Oct. 31, 2010 - Official White House Photo by Pete Souza via The White House on Flickr

President Barack Obama greets a woman in the audience after speaking at Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio, Oct. 31, 2010

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza via The White House on Flickr

Prospects for a Less-Polarized Nation

A coalition of Democrats, Republicans and independents have launched a group called No Labels to promote bipartisan ideals: the pros and cons of partisan politics and prospects for a less-polarized political system.

A coalition of Republicans, Democrats and independents launched an advocacy group this week. The group calls itself "No Labels" and uses the slogan "Not left. Not right. Forward." Its founders say Americans are frustrated by how hyper-partisan the political discourse in the country has become. The group wants lawmakers to find common ground in the search for solutions to problems that plague the nation. Already "No Labels" has critics from the left and right. They question not only whether the group's goals are realistic but whether they are even desirable. Finding common political ground in a partisan landscape.

Guests

Mickey Edwards

Former Congressman (Oklahoma 1977-1993)and member of the House Republican leadership; former lecturer at Harvard and Princeton; and now vice president of the Aspen Institute.

E.J. Dionne Jr.

senior fellow at The Brookings Institution, Washington Post columnist, and author of "Souled Out: Reclaiming Faith and Politics After the Religious Right" and of "Stand Up Fight Back."

Ross Douthat

columnist, The New York Times.

Jon Cowan

co-founder of No Labels and president and co-founder of Third Way.

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