Sep 6, 2009

Van Jones Gone

White House "green jobs" adviser Van Jones resigned in the middle of the Labor Day weekend following persistent controversy over his past remarks and associations.

Jones, who served as an adviser to the White House Council on Environmental Quality, which has got to be the most made-up job in the Obama Administration so far, had generated mounting criticism over the past week. He had issued back-to-back apologies -- first, for calling Republicans "assholes" during a videotaped address earlier in the year, and second for signing a petition in 2004 supporting the "9/11 truther" movement, which believes the Bush administration may have been involved in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

The latter development, which came on top of several others, was perhaps the most devastating and led to calls for his resignation. The left has truthers, the right has birthers. You just can't be a vocal truther when you work for the government. That's a feedback loop.

Jones stepped down late Saturday.

Jones, I guess, has been part of and in the middle of this Glen Beck back and forth fighting, and whatnot - and I don't care one bit about it. They're both whining idiots who have zero talent except for using their tongues to get phoney-balonie jobs. Yeah, I said that. But what I do care about is that if some government appointee is going to let his lips flap around outloud without any political regard, and when there's a microphone involved (Jebus, people!) there should be appropriate countermeasures. There are. And he's gone. Well, bye. (Beck is just about out of advertisers too, btw.)

What will be interesting to see is how it will be spun into a positive - you know, 'his resignation will deflect distractions from the Health Care Debate, or from scorn on the Obama Administration. what a hero' - or if the whole affair will just be broomed under the rug because it is Labor Day Weekend? Stay tuned.

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