In my column today I praise the very important book by two leading scholars, Norman Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute and Thomas Mann of the Brookings Institution, in which they suggested (and I agree) that both parties are not equally to blame for the negative politics and gridlocked government that voters detest.

In their book, It's Even Worse Than it Looks, they point the finger at Republicans. In my column I also mentioned an excellent review of that book by Robert Kaiser of The Washington Post. I commend that review to your attention. I will have more to say soon, but for now, I hope readers will read and consider Bob Kaiser's view of what I believe is the most valuable political book of the year.