An online lecture by Russell Muirhead, the Robert Clements Professor of Democracy and Politics at Dartmouth College
Nowhere does the US Constitution mention political parties, yet parties and partisanship are everywhere in the practical operation of government. Everyone in the House of Representatives and the Senate (except Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Angus King of Maine) is a partisan. And there is good evidence that our partisan representatives are more extreme than they used to be. Can partisans make our nonpartisan Constitution work? Are things as broken as they seem?
The purpose of this lecture is to celebrate Constitution Day (which occurs on September 17).