At a certain level, I really want to agree with Bruce Ackerman's argument here. His main proposal - requiring Senate confirmation for senior White House staffers like the Office of Health Reform chairperson or counsel to the president - seems like a nice, principled reform that makes a lot of sense in theory. After all, Larry Summers has at least as much influence on Obama's economic policy as Tim Geithner - why should only one have to face Senate scrutiny?
Shorter Jonathan Chait: "I cannot believe that international and domestic politics are distinct phenomena."
Okay, that's a bit unfair. But the point he's making is pretty odd. True, most liberals support increased engagement with "unfriendly" regimes abroad, and many also think negotiating policy with some domestic opponents is counterproductive. Chait paints this picture with way too broad a brush, but it's a fair observation.