Our Divided Political Heart

Our Divided Political Heart

Political analysts E.J. Dionne Jr. and Ross Douthat on what divides us as a nation, and finding a balance between individual freedom and community responsibility.

After months of presidential primaries across the country, Texas voters handed former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney the delegates needed to win the Republican nomination yesterday. The Republican Party will formally nominate Romney at the GOP convention in August. The campaign now begins in earnest. The economy continues to weigh most on voters' minds. Romney's party favors smaller government and lower taxes--issues that have divided Americans greatly in recent years. Political analysts E.J. Dionne and Ross Douthat join Diane to talk about our divided nation and what can be done about it.

Guests

E.J. Dionne Jr.

senior fellow, The Brookings Institution, columnist, Washington Post and author of "Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent."

Ross Douthat

Op-Ed columnist, The New York Times; author of "Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics."

Read An Excerpt

Excerpt from "Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent" by E.J. Dionne. Copyright 2012 by E.J. Dionne. Reprinted here by permission of Bloomsbury USA. All rights reserved.

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