Left-right convergence

Remember back over the summer, there was a big push on the right to oppose Cass Sunstein, confidante of Barack Obama and now head of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs? Maybe you don't. It was certainly possible to construe the attacks as cherry-picked quotes taken out of context, but standing alone, they did pose a bit of a worry. Well, Obama's czars are starting to set off bells on the other side now:
Sunstein advocates that the Government's stealth infiltration should be accomplished by sending covert agents into "chat rooms, online social networks, or even real-space groups." He also proposes that the Government make secret payments to so-called "independent" credible voices to bolster the Government's messaging (on the ground that those who don't believe government sources will be more inclined to listen to those who appear [emphasis original] independent while secretly acting on behalf of the Government)... This isn't an instance where some government official wrote a bizarre paper in college 30 years ago about matters unrelated to his official powers; this was written 18 months ago, at a time when the ascendancy of Sunstein's close friend to the Presidency looked likely, in exactly the area he now oversees.
It gets worse from there, but you get the gist of it.

Meanwhile, Ross Douthat muses on the possibilities of left-right agreement on health care:
What I would [emphasis original] like to see, though, is a world where the left learns some things from the right, and vice versa, about how to approach the problem of corporatism. A Nation-reading lefty needn’t accept that big government is always corrupt government, for instance, to recognize the possible advantages of legislative incrementalism (because the bigger and more “comprehensive” a bill becomes, the more opportunities for rent-seeking it affords) and the virtues, in some cases at least, of pursuing state-by-state reforms rather than nationalizing every major issue. And a Tea Partying conservative needn’t give up on the goal of limited government to recognize that if you don’t care about how the government we do have gets run, corporate interests will come rushing in to run it for you.
Glenn Greenwald taking up an essentially Tea Party talking point? Ross Douthat hoping the netroots and the Tea Partiers could learn from each other? Maybe Obama really is a uniter, not a divider...