Today we see that Orszag was, indeed, reading from a playbook.
Here's Orszag's remark:
....we need to minimize the harm from legislative inertia by relying more on automatic policies and depoliticized commissions for certain policy decisions. In other words, radical as it sounds, we need to counter the gridlock of our political institutions by making them a bit less democratic.”
"A bit less democratic"??
Now the (D) Governor-ette of N. Carolina joins:
Perdue's managers say that 'it was a joke,' or 'it was hyperbole'.
Well, it might have been a joke or hyperbole--until she got to that last line: "I really hope that someone can agree with me on that."
That's not "joking;" it is not "hyperbole". It is clearly a call.
It is not a co-incidence that both Orszag and Perdue (who is regarded as a 'star' in the (D) Party) both issued similar statements inside of two days.
It is, instead, a telegraph of what the Administration would like to have happen.