19 May '11, 9pm

Dem Disease claims another victim via @grist

Dem Disease claims another victim via @grist

Beware Dem Disease. Joseph Aldy worked for a while as a top energy aide in Obama's White House. Apparently, while he was there he caught Dem Disease. Dem Disease is an affliction that causes sufferers to prioritize being viewed as reasonable over securing reasonable policy. The primary symptom is a Tourette's-like inability to keep from revealing how much one is willing to concede in negotiations ... before negotiations begin. (Obama is, of course, a chronic sufferer -- though he goes beyond revealing what he's willing to concede to actually conceding it before negotiations begin, a sure sign the disease has reached its advanced stages.) Aldy, a professor at the Kennedy School of Government, also works these days as an analyst at Brookings, and he's got a new paper out proposing a technology-neutral Clean Energy Standard to help green the power sector. You can read the pap...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/politics/2011-05-19-dem-disease-clai...

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