Cass Sunstein is a brilliant progressive lawyer whose views on regulation are, if anything, somewhat more conservative than those of most Democrats. He’s friendly to cost-benefit analysis, and a proponent of the idea that public policy should try to “nudge” people as an alternative to more heavy-handed intervention. Barack Obama has nominated him to head up the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs where that’s what he’ll be working on.
Naturally, elements on the right have embarked on a dishonest smear campaign. Julian Sanchez has the details.