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Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Jane Hamsher Will Not - Repeat, Not - Be A Veal Cutlet For Obama

The buzz in Washington today was all about the, ahem, parting of ways between the Obama administration and Van Jones, it's green jobs "czar". It happen primarily because Jones had signed a petition by the crackpot conspiracy group 9/11 Truth Movement. Jones defended himself by saying, yeah, I signed it, but I didn't read what I was signing. Which may actually be worse come to think of it.

David Corn does a pretty good job here of explaining why - even if you are the kind of person who absolutely hates George W. Bush and Dick Cheney - the supposed conspiracy doesn't even pass the laugh test.

Rightwingers predictably gloated over getting a scalp. It was especially sweet for talk show host Glenn Beck who had been targeted by Jones's allies and helped to publicize that Jones had signed the petition.

Mickey Kaus meanwhile was in awe that the New York Times was once again behind the curve on this one. And remained there.

Reason's Jacob Sullum and Matt Welch weighed in that the real problem with Jones was that he was selling snake oil by claiming that green jobs can ever come close to replacing the amount of jobs that will be lost by getting rid of carbon-based fuels. Welch was particularly incisive in noting how expertly Jones managed to shake down various public and private groups with this hustle.

And of course, there was the predictable anguish and anger from the Left over this. It was interesting to note also the number of lefties who kinda, sorta said that while they didn't necessarily endorse the 9/11 Truthers, they, you know, understood. Lefties like the Nation's John Nichols:
While some who circulated that petition may have believed the worst about members of the former administration, Jones clearly and unequivocally stated the more extreme position "certainly does not reflect my views, now or ever."

Jones wanted a more serious inquiry, as did many mainstream Democrats and Republicans who worried about the constrained and ineffectual approach of the 9/11 Commission and a Bush-friendly Congress. As the NAACP's Jealous says, "I have known Van Jones for more than 15 years. In that time he, as is characteristic of great public servants, has continuously grown and increased his capacity for improving the condition of humanity. Throughout, he has been guided by a powerful sense of patriotism and love for all."

Jones' Republican critics knew this.(Emphasis added.)
As National Review's Ramesh Ponnuru notes:"There's a lot of crazy in John Nichols's piece."

Even wackier, though, was the reaction of Jane Hamsher of Firedoglake.com, who turned the loss of Jones into an extended metaphor about how the Democrats are treating their liberal allies like veal. I shit you not.

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