Tag: Jesse Unruh Institute

The Self-Loathing Congress

DAN SCHNUR, director of USC’s Jesse Unruh Institute of Politics.

This op-ed originally appeared at Politico.

We’ve become accustomed to the fact that the American people don’t like Congress. But what happens when even Congress doesn’t like Congress anymore?

Answer: They go home. Members of Congress are so fed up with gridlock, they are leaving the body in droves. In the past four years alone, almost two dozen incumbents have thrown up their hands and decided not to seek reelection, a number that is unprecedented in modern political history. Over the past three decades, this rate of departure is almost double that which we have seen over any other four-year period.

Romney’s Wealth Effect

DAN SCHNUR, director of USC’s Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics:

This op-ed originally appeared in the New York Times.

“Why is someone who is so good at making money so bad at talking about it?

Mitt Romney is not the first presidential candidate who’s had trouble communicating with working-class voters: John Kerry famously enjoyed wind-surfing, and George Bush blamed a poor showing in a straw poll on the fact that many of his supporters were

Meet the Republican Ego — and Id

DAN SCHNUR, director of USC’s Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics: “The political, personal and psychological state of war that currently exists between Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich provides a valuable insight into the conflicted mindset of the Republican Party…

Who Tests the Testers?

DAN SCHNUR, director of USC’s Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics: “It’s perfectly understandable to want the most capable members of our community to represent us in public office. The problems begin when you try to set up non-negotiable criteria…