Van Jones

Cool... But, Yes, Communist
September 10, 2009

He's tall, trim, with shaved head, a confident demeanor, wearing a dark turtleneck, kind 'a funny and Yale Law School. Cool. Co-o-o-l. Or maybe even wow! He's Van Jones, and he resigned on Saturday as what the White House called its "czar" for the environment. There are actually many czars at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in this administration, and I wonder why the historical resonance of the word doesn't just give the Obama crowd the creeps. Unless, of course, they want to govern like czars ... and czarinas. To be sure, Mr.

Safe Landings at CAP
September 09, 2009

Ben Smith reports that recently-deposed green jobs czar Van Jones may be given temporary office space by the Center for American Progress. If so,  Jones won't be the first person exiled from the Obama White House to land at the Democratic think tank.

The Enemy Of Glenn Beck Is Not Always My Friend
September 08, 2009

John McWhorter has a pretty strange defense of Van Jones on his blog. He makes two main points. First: Jones was wrong, actually, in disavowing his support for 9/11 conspiracy theory.

The Enemy Of Glenn Beck Is Not Necessarily My Friend
September 08, 2009

I see John McWhorter has a blog item arguing that Van Jones should not have resigned. I don't follow McWhorter's logic at all. He makes two main points. First: Jones was wrong, actually, in disavowing his support for 9/11 conspiracy theory.

A Moister, Flakier Leader For Today's Angst-Ridden Conservative
September 08, 2009

There's chatter among the political media today about Fox News commentator Glenn Beck's having successfully nailed green-jobs czar Van Jones' scalp to his wall.

Today at TNR (September 8, 2009)
September 08, 2009

The Next Financial Crisis: We Can't Avoid It--and We Just Made It Worse, by Peter Boone and Simon Johnson Vacation's Over: How Nervous Should We Be About the Next Phase of the Health Care Debate? by Jonathan Cohn Dumping Van Jones: Why Give in to Republican Tantrums? by John McWhorter The Most Important Political Event This Week Won't Be Obama’s Speech on Health Care, by E.J. Dionne, Jr. TNRtv: What's Making Republicans Embrace the Fringe?

A Van Jones Wrap-Up
September 08, 2009

By now it's stale news that Van Jones resigned on Saturday night, but I did want to link to Marc Ambinder's wrap-up of the whole affair. It's a thoughtful take, and I think he gets the main questions more or less right: on why the White House wasn't going to spend its time defending a low-level adviser like Jones, and on why this affair simply won't give Glenn Beck the momentum he needs to hound out the rest of his favorite bogeymen in the administration, like Cass Sunstein or John Holdren. (Although that won't stop Beck from trying.)

Dumping Van Jones: Why Give In To Republicans' Tantrums?
September 07, 2009

With the Obama Administration letting Green Jobs czar Van Jones resign, questions as to whether these people have any spine are becoming sadly legitimate. What, precisely, would have been wrong with letting Glenn Beck and the others keep screaming their heads off about Jones’ purported radical intentions? Why not do a Glinda and dismiss this nonsense with a breezy “You have no power here”?   After all, we are faced here not with serious charges. There are no modern-day Whittaker Chambers in this crowd.

Is Obama's Green Jobs Guru In Trouble?
September 03, 2009

For months now, various right-wing bloggers and Glenn Beck have been trying to whip up outrage over Van Jones, Obama's green-jobs guru. Their accusations to date—that he's a secret communist, say—have been absurd and easily ignored. But all of the sudden Jones may be turning into a real political headache for the White House. Yesterday, he had to apologize for an old YouTube clip in which he called Republicans "assholes" for thwarting environmental legislation.

Taking A Dive
June 10, 2008

From a distance, it might seem that environmentalists should be crestfallen that the 2008 Climate Security Act--shorthanded as Lieberman-Warner after its lead sponsors in the Senate--went down in flames on the Senate floor on Friday. The bill, which would cap fossil fuel emissions in the United States above a certain level and ask industry to pay more for any excesses, was easily the most aggressive and comprehensive environmental reform ever to hit Congress. But the bipartisan plan to cut U.S.

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