Sunstein, Chambliss and the Pound of Flesh

In case you were wondering what (among other concessions) Cass Sunstein had to do to move his nomination forward, here’s a little tidbit.  Sunstein wrote Saxby Chambliss a letter, which Chambliss then read into the Congressional Record, in which Sunstein promises to  “respect” gun rights and “not take any steps to promote litigation on behalf of animals.”  In entering the letter into the record, Chambliss said “While I cannot agree with his ideas, his legal theories or his views, now that he has been educated about the toll they would take on hard-working farmers and ranchers in America, I am not going to keep him from any further consideration.”

As other concessions trickle into public view, I fear that what might have been a significant stride forward will instead turn out to be a prettied up form of inertia.  But I hope I’m wrong.

–David Cassuto

Sunstein Nomination: The Hold is Lifted

Saxby Chambliss has stepped out of the way.  Confirmation is apparently within reach.

–David Cassuto

Sunstein Nomination Inches Forward

Cass Sunstein will meet with Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) today in an effort to convince him (Chambliss) that Sunstein’s thoughtful and comparatively moderate positions on animal rights and welfare won’t result in him (Chambliss) and his constituents facing lawsuits from pigs and other confined animals.  Chambliss had earlier placed a hold on Sunstein’s nomination to head the OMB’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (related posts here).

Sunstein has so far succeeded in appeasing the Farm Animal Welfare Coalition (an umbrella group that includes such members as the American Farm Bureau Federation; see here for FAWC’s spirited defense of veal).  There is cause for cautious optimism that Senator Chambliss will find similar comfort.

More here.

–David Cassuto