Washington Dysfunction And The U.S. Constitution

Scene at the Signing of the Constitution of the United States, by Howard Chandler Christy -

Scene at the Signing of the Constitution of the United States, by Howard Chandler Christy

Washington Dysfunction And The U.S. Constitution

There's widespread agreement that our government is not working well. Legal scholars debate the causes of dysfunction in Washington and how the U.S. Constitution plays a role.

In today's fractured nation, there's one thing Americans seem to agree on: government is not working. Last month a Gallup poll showed Americans' approval of the way Congress is handling its job dropped to a record low of 9 percent. And the president's approval rating dipped below 40 percent. Political analysts on the left and the right are trying to figure out what's going on. More than a few are asking whether the U.S. Constitution should share the blame. As one analyst put it, the Constitution "guarantees gridlock" and is "virtually impossible to change." Diane and her guests discuss dysfunction in Washington and the Constitution.

Guests

Jeffrey Toobin

staff writer at The New Yorker; senior legal analyst for CNN, author of "The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court" (Doubleday), and former Assistant U.S.Attorney in Brooklyn, New York.

Bruce Fein

president of the National Commission on Intelligence and Foreign Wars; former associate deputy attorney general under President Reagan; and author of "Constitutional Peril: The Life and Death Struggle for Our Constitution and Democracy."

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