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The Attack on Jason Furman

When Obama started drawing fire from the left for naming Jason Furman as his director of economic policy, I thought about emailing Furman to tell him I would be happy to attack him if it would help. I’ve dealt with him once or twice and read several of his papers. (See here and here for previous comments on him.) He seems like a smart, honest, partisan but centrist Democrat. He has not been willing to side with the left wing of the party on trade or WalMart. On Social Security and taxes, on the other hand, he is reliably within the Democratic fold. To the extent there is a tension between Obama’s primary rhetoric and Furman’s views, I hope Obama goes with the latter. But I don’t believe that Furman’s appointment means that Obama’s policies would be “consensual” or “bridge building.”

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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