Czar Wars

Sunstein Enters Nomination Gauntlet

First comes nomination, then the critics. Glenn Beck is urging his devotees to dig up dirt on Harvard Law Professor Cass Sunstein, Obama's nominee to head the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. Beck's tweet for scoops on Wednesday comes days before he's to be voted on. What will they find? Newsweek blog The Gaggle notes that Sunstein’s support for animal rights—including the suggestion that if "sheep are going to be used to create clothing, their conditions must be conducive to their welfare"—has already earned the ire of Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Saxby Chambliss (R-GA). Another problem area could be Sunstein's argument that waiting lists for organ transplants would be shortened if people had to opt out of organ donation instead of opting in, a view that has been interpreted as support for forcible organ harvesting. Widely respected by conservative intellectuals (The Wall Street Journal's editorial page approved of his nomination), Sunstein has written to GOP senators affirming his deep support for the Second Amendment. But will it be enough to mollify Glenn Beck’s army, still high on the success of ousting green-jobs czar Van Jones?