So Long/Farewell/Auf Wiedersehen/Goodbye . . .

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on September 6, 2009

Van Jones is out the door, though not without some parting–and bitter–shots against the Obama Administration’s political opponents. Presumably, “opponents of [health care and energy] reform have mounted a vicious smear campaign against [Jones].They are using lies and distortions to distract and divide,” et cetera, et cetera. One marvels at the power of these opponents of reform; evidently, their strength is such that they were able to go back in time, get Jones to sign a petition stating that the Bush Administration may have been behind the 9/11 attacks, and then use his transcendentally foolish stance to sink reform. Additionally, these opponents of reform were able to hypnotize Jones into issuing nasty and childish insults about Republicans, which–again–they are able to use against Jones and the rest of the Obama Administration to challenge Administration policy on energy and health care. Poor Van Jones; he is not responsible for his intemperate political decisions and outbursts. His tinfoil hat is just not strong enough to withstand the mind-control rays of the GOP, which are clearly making him do things he would never otherwise do.

To be fair to Jones, his Parthian-shot-of-a-resignation-statement has much more rhetorical force and power behind it than did the White House’s tepid statements of “support” before the ax finally fell. And to be fair to the White House, it had every reason to be tepid (at least), while Jones had no justification whatsoever to issue anything resembling strong statements about himself.

But a query remains: When personnel decisions go awry for Republicans, the media goes on and on and on and on and on about “vetting failures” (see Palin, Sarah). Now that Van Jones has flamed out–and set the White House’s political operation aflame in the process–are we going to have the Obama Administration and Democrats tagged with the “vetting failures” theme?

Because we should.

  • alanhenderson

    This isn't a vetting problem. People like Van Jones have long been a part of Obama's circle. This is why Trinity United Church of Christ, the church home that encompassed 70% of his adult life, mattered.

  • http://twitter.com/ECMIM ECM

    But a query remains: When personnel decisions go awry for Republicans, the media goes on and on and on and on and on about “vetting failures” (see Palin, Sarah). Now that Van Jones has flamed out–and set the White House’s political operation aflame in the process–are we going to have the Obama Administration and Democrats tagged with the “vetting failures” theme?

    Are you kidding? It's been all of 8 months, but I don't recall “vetting failures” ever being applied to Tim Geithner. (As just one, shining, example of Team O's, err, personnel problems.)

  • http://twitter.com/ECMIM ECM

    But a query remains: When personnel decisions go awry for Republicans, the media goes on and on and on and on and on about “vetting failures” (see Palin, Sarah). Now that Van Jones has flamed out–and set the White House’s political operation aflame in the process–are we going to have the Obama Administration and Democrats tagged with the “vetting failures” theme?

    Are you kidding? It's been all of 8 months, but I don't recall “vetting failures” ever being applied to Tim Geithner. (As just one, shining, example of Team O's, err, personnel problems.)

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