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A little gem of a book

Elaine Kamarck, the Brookings scholar who decided it would be useful to study success on Capitol Hill instead of failure, wrote about how that project turned out. Her conclusion: "This is a little gem of a book. It shows that positive things can still happen even amidst the current level of partisan rancor. All the legislation discussed in it passed by broad, bi-partisan margins. Perhaps the president can find some time to read it."


Unpredictability and expediency

Here's my USA Today column about President Trump and negotiations. "The only constants with Trump are unpredictability and expediency. These are not, suffice it to say, the traditional cornerstones of getting to yes in politics."


Long memories in Congress



Steve Scully interviewed me about The Art of the Political Deal on C-SPAN's Washington Journal. "You have these long memories on Capitol Hill. It really takes a lot to get people to transcend this and have some trust and work together," I told him.


Walking the plank

Roll Call writer Patricia Murphy talked to me about The Art of the Political Deal for a column on the congressional struggle to change the health care law. "The best way to avoid walking the plank is to have a bipartisan deal," I told her.


Yearning to get along

Listen to my No Labels radio interview with A.B. Stoddard, Ambassador Stuart Holliday and Margaret White (at minute 12). "There's a yearning for something to get done, for people to prove they can get along, and yet practically speaking, parts of the country want very different things," I said.


Everybody needs to win

Here's my Q-and-A with book blogger Deborah Kalb. "The key is that everybody walks away able to claim a victory. You have to have tolerance for the other side for that to happen," I said.


Sunrise, not sunset

Georgetown University opened its Political Pageturners series with The Art of the Political Deal. Here's the talk I had with Judy Feder, a professor of public policy. "That was the first thing, finding the cover picture and making sure it was a sunrise and not a sunset," I said, only half-kidding.

The Art of the Political Deal