Sunstein’s other half

Obama has offered Harvard law professor and author Cass Sunstein the job of running the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. Having Sunstein, a close Obama friend, in the position suggests that Obama is keen to overhaul the regulatory system. In Obama’s speech today on his stimulus package, he had nothing but bad things to ...

Obama has offered Harvard law professor and author Cass Sunstein the job of running the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. Having Sunstein, a close Obama friend, in the position suggests that Obama is keen to overhaul the regulatory system. In Obama's speech today on his stimulus package, he had nothing but bad things to say about past regulatory efforts.

Obama has offered Harvard law professor and author Cass Sunstein the job of running the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. Having Sunstein, a close Obama friend, in the position suggests that Obama is keen to overhaul the regulatory system. In Obama’s speech today on his stimulus package, he had nothing but bad things to say about past regulatory efforts.

[I]t means reforming a weak and outdated regulatory system so that we can better withstand financial shocks and better protect consumers, investors, and businesses from the reckless greed and risk-taking that must never endanger our prosperity again.

This past summer, Sunstein married Samantha Power, a former Obama advisor on foreign policy, whom he met while both were advising the campaign. Power, of course, infamously referred to Hillary Clinton as a "monster" on the trail last year and resigned.

The CW is very much that Power’s slip of the tongue killed any chances of her landing a job in the administration, and the chances seem slim to none now that Hillary will head State. But I have to say, it would be a smart move for Hillary to offer Power a job. It would be an early showing that HRC is magnanimous and open-minded, and a recognition that Power still has a lot to offer the Obama administration. What’s more, it’s better having Power at State where she can be controlled than having her in the WH independently advising Obama (if he bravely appoints her to something). Just a thought. 

Carolyn O'Hara is a senior editor at Foreign Policy.

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