Norm Ornstein: “The Broken Branch”

On March 24, 2009, in DCView, by Focus Washington

There are few voices in Washington that rise above the noise of partisan politics. Norm Ornstein is one such voice. As an author of several books and a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, Ornstein is one of the wise men of Washington, and that is not a term I use lightly. He has advised presidents and other political leaders and his list of accomplishments is staggering. Among his many books is the often cited, “The Broken Branch: How Congress is Failing America and How to Get it Back on Track.” Being able to interview Ornstein for Focus Washington was a special privilege and his observations on the early days of the Obama Administration, were smart and balanced. Focus Washington will go back to Ornstein for his thoughtful viewpoints as the Washington political battles continue to heat up over the first year of the new Administration and the Democratic Party-controlled congress.

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Cal Thomas, Working Together?

On March 5, 2009, in DCView, by Focus Washington

I’ve known conservative columnist Cal Thomas for a number of years, going back to when we both were on-air at WTTG, channel 5. Cal was the editorial commentator on the right and I wasn’t. I covered the social, personality scene of Washington. Politically, the only thing we ever agreed on was the time of day, but I always found Cal to be a vibrant, funny, and charming personality. We’ve stayed in touch over the years as Cal grew his column to some 550 newspapers. He says that makes him the most widely circulated columnist in America and who am I to disagree with that claim? Since he is always a provocative voice, I invited him to talk about his columns and unique opinions at Qorvis Communications and to be interviewed on Focus Washington. As I expected, he was, as always, clever, entertaining, and rational.

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