Van Jones, the President’s now-former “Green Jobs” czar has resigned, the Washington Post reports this morning. Typical of his ilk, it’s everyone else’s fault that they didn’t just ignore the facts and accept his word on things:
“On the eve of historic fights for health care and clean energy, opponents of reform have mounted a vicious smear campaign against me,” Jones, special adviser for green jobs at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, said in a statement announcing his resignation just after midnight Saturday. “They are using lies and distortions to distract and divide.”
What lies? Jones’ signature is right there on that petition, exactly where these misnamed “opponents of reform” have said it was. It didn’t get there as a result of AP-style photoshopping of a picture and it’s not unsupported bombast – it’s there, it’s real, and Jones put it there. Where’s the lie?
The only outright lies I’ve seen in this entire episode have come from Jones – most recently in the statement reported above – and he should never have been in the position of unelected power he enjoyed in the first place.
Which brings us to the more important question of how, exactly, this Truther nutjob made it into the administration’s graces to begin with. Did the administration just horribly hose up the vetting process? (Again?) Or did they know about this part of Jones’ past and consider it a net positive? As Senator McCain has famously said, Obama’s got more czars than the Romanovs. What’s in their resume that we’ve just not found yet? Can we trust the vetting process used on them that places them close to the President’s ear and in command authority over billions of taxpayer dollars?
How about some of that vaunted government transparency, Mr. President?
(Hat Tip: Weekly Standard)