Jarrett also had a hand in recruiting Obama friend Cass Sunstein, a former colleague of the president's at the University of Chicago Law School, and now administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs within the Office of Management and Budget. Known inside the White House as the "Regulation Czar," Sunstein is tasked with developing regulations around the policies for environmental, healthcare, and safety issues.
According to administration sources, Sunstein's office is looking for ways to impose through the regulatory process those Obama White House health care, environmental, and labor policies that do not survive the legislative process.
"The goal from this White House is to have as much nonspecific language passed by Congress in policy areas like health care and the environment and then use Sunstein's office to put in place the regulatory language called for by Congress that gets us to where we want to be. It may very well be the most important job in this administration, given the lack of success we may have on Capitol Hill," says a White House source.
Czars used to rule arbitrarily by what was called anukase derived from Tartar origins. So perhaps instead of replacing good old Ian Smith in Southern Rhodesia with a socialist Mugabe, we are thinking of replacing the Bush dynasty with a sort of Pushkin Romanoff who will be our czar, and the General Secretary of the Democratic Party will be l'il Cass Sunstein AKA Stalin.