Jodie Evans: Code Pink founder, Obama bundler, Osama apologist

posted at 7:44 am on June 12, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Politico reports that Jodie Evans, the founder of Code Pink, has joined Team Obama as a bundler. She has pledged to raise at least $50,000 to elect Barack Obama to the White House. However, she has a long history of making controversial statements that may overshadow the campaign itself — including some apologetics for 9/11:

According to research being circulated by GOP sources, Evans has a record of inflammatory statements such as saying that women were better off in Iraq under Saddam Hussein, “Men are dying in their Hummers in Iraq so you can drive around in yours” and, my favorite, that the invasion of Iraq amounted to “global testosterone poisoning.”

Evans, though, is not just a single-issue crusader. She’s worked in politics and liberal causes for decades, including stints working for Jerry Brown during his years as governor and in his 1992 White House run.

That an activist liberal is raising money for Obama isn’t all that surprising. But in a campaign that has been dominated as much by the associates of candidates as the candidates themselves (Jeremiah Wright, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush), Evans is a reminder that what may not have mattered much in a primary has the potential to be resonant in the general.

Evans may have made controversial statements in the past, but that won’t hold a candle to the statements she made on a radio show called “The Conscience of Kansas”. Paul Ibbetson spoke with Evans about the 9/11 attacks, and …. well, listen for yourself:

Ibbetson tries to explain that we hadn’t done anything to provoke the 9/11 attacks by saying we hadn’t invaded Afghanistan. Evans replies that we were in Saudi Arabia, which to her gave al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden a rational reason to kill thousands of Americans in terrorist attacks. Note that she says, “I don’t think any terrorist attack is justified,” and then says we should listen to Osama bin Laden and change our policies because — “Sometimes, it would be a good idea to listen to why someone is trying to blow you up”.

Q: Do you think that’s a valid argument?

A: Sure. Why do we have bases in the Middle East?

Does Barack Obama share these views with his new bundler and the founder of Code Pink? Does he also feel that we should heed Osama bin Laden’s speeches and adjust our policies in the Middle East accordingly? If Evans represents the kind of people Obama wants to attract to his campaign, that says quite a bit about his approach to terrorism and the defense of American interests in the Middle East.

Sweetness & Light has a primer on Jodie Evans:

Jodie Evans is a radical activist and Democratic fundraiser best known as the co-founder (along with Diane Wilson, a Wiccan calling herself Starhawk, and Global Exchange’s Medea Benjamin) of Code Pink for Peace. Evans also works closely with Leslie Cagan, the pro-Castro leader of United For Peace and Justice.

And from Front Page Magazine:

Throughout the 1990s, in fact, many of the Marxists currently working for Code Pink were busy organizing anti-free trade protests – some of them violent – and filing numerous high-profile lawsuits that forced American corporations to spend enormous sums of money to defend themselves…

Jodie Evans… sits on the board of directors of the Rain Forest Action Network (RAN), a coalition of anti-capitalist, anti-corporate environmentalist groups. RAN’s co-founder Michael Roselle also founded the Earth Liberation Front, which the FBI ranks alongside the Animal Liberation Front as the foremost domestic terrorism threats in the United States. According to the FBI, during the past seven years those two groups have been responsible for more than 600 criminal acts and $43 million in damages

As the photo on this post indicates, Evan also felt comfortable putting her arm around Hugo Chavez. So, surprise surprise, Obama has decided to associate himself once more with a radical associated with violent radicals, tinpot dictators — a woman who thinks Osama had a point on 9/11. What does this say about judgment?

Melanie Morgan and Redstate have more.

Update: Evans, not Davis.  I didn’t even like the Cubs.  (See comments for the joke.)


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Crips, relax Ed! A couple of awesomely awesome fist bumps between the Messiah and his Witches and all will be A-Okay.

csdeven on June 12, 2008 at 7:54 AM

Good thing a President never has to make any personnel decisions.

Oh, wait

DrSteve on June 12, 2008 at 8:04 AM

Treasonous/seditious whore – those who commit treason against this country deserve a short rope and a tall tree.

Colonel_prop on June 12, 2008 at 8:06 AM

We knew this from the start. The anti-war left has a big bank. Their biggest problem has been figuring out how to give the money to Obama legally…or at least not getting caught doing it illegally. The IOU will come due if he is elected.

percysunshine on June 12, 2008 at 8:06 AM

The Wiccans have come home…..to roost!!!!

Hening on June 12, 2008 at 8:06 AM

Hey now – how does talking about this help Michelle Obama’s kids? You’re just distracting, from a tangent, and besides, he could no more disown her than he could Wright.

Unless, of course, it actually makes the news cycle, and there is criticism. In which case, watch out for the bus.

Nugai on June 12, 2008 at 8:16 AM

Barry’s running more openly socialist now, taking no care to hide the political views of those he associates with. Is this deliberate, or are events spiraling out-of-control for him?
This may be the first time that associations such as these have ever caused him grief. So far, they’ve been his ticket into a special club that carried him so far.

JiangxiDad on June 12, 2008 at 8:17 AM

Is her name Davis or Evans? I’m confused.

MrLynn on June 12, 2008 at 8:23 AM

What? Guilt by association again? I thought Obama lived in a bubble and his friends and supporters cannot be associated with him except on a social level…anything they say does not stick to Obama.
This is his message; he has many associations in many walks of life and he cannot control someones free speech. In fact he has conservative friends also (then he points them out), do you not want him to disassociate them also? He is for change, and change means accepting a variety of people working together. You have the “old” way of thinking, drawing lines of distinction and not “coming together” for the common good of America..
His supporters (MSM) already have their talking points on this one.

right2bright on June 12, 2008 at 8:24 AM

Paging Jodie Davis. Please pick up the white courtesy phone.

wccawa on June 12, 2008 at 8:24 AM

Obama’s socialist/Marxist chickens… are coming home… to roost.

rockbend on June 12, 2008 at 8:37 AM

What does this say about judgment?

That question is looking at it as a rational conservative.

Is minions will not question his “judgement.” This dangerous woman smoothly fits with Osamabama’s political objectives.

davidk on June 12, 2008 at 8:40 AM

I think it’s Jodie Evans; Ed has her confused with the Cubs catcher from the eighties:

http://www.baseball-reference.com/d/davisjo02.shtml

radjah shelduck on June 12, 2008 at 8:43 AM

Ed:

The real story here is not what she said or didn’t say about 9-11. It is the fact that another communist has signed on to the Obama campaign.

His relationships with Jim Johnson, Tony Rezko and the like show that Obama is another socialistic kleptocrat whose primary objective is for him and his friends to systematically loot the economy.

jerryofva on June 12, 2008 at 8:44 AM

Is her name Davis or Evans? I’m confused.

MrLynn on June 12, 2008 at 8:23 AM

Me, too. I thought Jodie Davis was a catcher for the 1984 Cubs.

Jaibones on June 12, 2008 at 8:49 AM

radjah shelduck on June 12, 2008 at 8:43 AM

Doh! You win.

Jaibones on June 12, 2008 at 8:49 AM

Man, I didn’t even like the Cubs…

Ed Morrissey on June 12, 2008 at 8:57 AM

Barry’s running more openly socialist now, taking no care to hide the political views of those he associates with. Is this deliberate, or are events spiraling out-of-control for him?
JiangxiDad on June 12, 2008 at 8:17 AM

Who knows, but what scares me is that it may be that BHO actually believes that the country as a whole WANT these kind of whack jobs having a say in the policies this country will develop under his presidency.

csdeven on June 12, 2008 at 9:01 AM

Update: Evans, not Davis. I didn’t even like the Cubs. (See comments for the joke.)

If Evans is a socialist then you are partially right.

csdeven on June 12, 2008 at 9:06 AM

Does Barack Obama share these views with his new bundler and the founder of Code Pink?

Who the hell knows, he doesn’t seem to believe in anything.

benrand on June 12, 2008 at 9:07 AM

The answer to her question as to why we had a right to have bases in Saudi Arabia is that the Saudis asked us to be there to protect them from Saddam.

And it was those bases that were critical to keeping the sanctions regime in place and keeping Saddam “contained.”

What all these people who weep and wail and rent their garments and bring this up from this woman to Ron Paul don’t mention is that in the same fatwah, Osama also listed the sanctions against Iraq as one of his reason for war.

Well, take the American military out of Saudi and remove the sanctions, and guess what: Saddam won the first Gulf War.

Which was his intent all along. He figured Chiraq would stymie the US at the UN as far as invading, that eventually the sanctions would crumble, and he’d be proclaimed throughout the Arab world as the new Saladin and the conqueror of the Crusader invaders.

And what’s never really pointed out is that while contacts between Saddam and Osama aren’t all that well documented, the effect of Osama’s fatwah if it’s goals were achieved sure as hell would have delivered exactly what Saddam wanted.

Typhoon on June 12, 2008 at 9:18 AM

All together now:

That’s not the Jodie Evans I knew.

(Maybe he thought she played for the Cubs.)

Typhoon on June 12, 2008 at 9:19 AM

We ought to start a pool: How long until Jodie Evans is thrown under the Obama bus?

ToddonCapeCod on June 12, 2008 at 9:19 AM

I don’t think many folks considered they would lose their country through such means. Most figured we’d fight it out “Red Dawn” style, but instead we find ourselves fighting a counterinsurgency of ideas for which we were woefully unprepared as a nation.

Send_Me on June 12, 2008 at 9:28 AM

Got to agree with you Send_Me, and so does Cicero

As Cicero (d. 43 BC) so aptly stated, “A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself”

BobK on June 12, 2008 at 9:36 AM

I don’t think many folks considered they would lose their country through such means. Most figured we’d fight it out “Red Dawn” style, but instead we find ourselves fighting a counterinsurgency of ideas for which we were woefully unprepared as a nation.

Send_Me on June 12, 2008 at 9:28 AM

Good point. It is the price we pay for a free and open society.

csdeven on June 12, 2008 at 9:39 AM

This is news? Front Page reported this on April 15th.

Anyhoo here’s the full list of Barry’s Bundlers, should anyone wish to further vet the lengthy list of names (paging the MSM!).

Right off the bat, I can tell you that Marilyn Katz is a former SDS honchette and “peace rally” organizer. She is married to Allan J. Katz so that happy couple, who are now part of the “mainstream”, have bundled over $100,000.

Read all about Katz here, at Rezko Watch. There are many interesting links there, including this story by Michael Crowley which does a good job of parsing Barry’s conflicting statements about his position(s) on the Iraq War.

Buy Danish on June 12, 2008 at 9:43 AM

Would the MSM keep quiet IF McCain’s donors go to Obama meetings & shout slogans? (Code Pink atleast twice tried meddling in McCain’s townhall meetings).

Anita on June 12, 2008 at 9:45 AM

Jodie Foster played for the Cubs, and Dwight Evans was the FBI agent in Silence of the Bosox.

whitetop on June 12, 2008 at 9:47 AM

but instead we find ourselves fighting a counterinsurgency of ideas for which we were woefully unprepared as a nation.

Send_Me on June 12, 2008 at 9:28 AM

True. The unprepared part resulted from our location in N. America. Without mass communication and travel, viruses had a hard time reaching us. Now ebola or liberalism can be in one part of the globe yesterday, and in the U.S. today, or even quicker. Not only did we not see it coming, but we didn’t innoculate anyone, although we had/have the tools to do so.

Conservative politicians need to teach civics from their bully pulpits. They need to explain what socialism is, where its been tried, why it doesn’t work.

It’s been too long since the virtues of capitalism and democracy were preached here. Too many otherwise educated people don’t get it.

JiangxiDad on June 12, 2008 at 9:54 AM

Evans smacked that radio host around. He tried to put words in her mouth and make her argument for her, and she butt-stroked him down.

RMC1618 on June 12, 2008 at 10:00 AM

I’m sure she will end up under that bus..eventually.

becki51758 on June 12, 2008 at 10:00 AM

She’s on Bary O’s bandwagon as a fund-raiser, not a policy maker or spokescritter or anything not easily jettisonable. Both Barry and Herself are disciples of the rotten Saul Alinsky, ergo, they are both Marxian demagogues. Herself just hid it better. Any attempts to point this out will get you a quick trip to fightthesmear.com where liberal pinheads will flame you incessantly.

GeneSmith on June 12, 2008 at 10:17 AM

Secretary of Defense Jodie Evans.

Rhinoboy on June 12, 2008 at 10:22 AM

Evans smacked that radio host around. He tried to put words in her mouth and make her argument for her, and she butt-stroked him down.

RMC1618 on June 12, 2008 at 10:00 AM

Looks like she has had a lot of practice fighting her own countrymen.

ClassicCon on June 12, 2008 at 10:23 AM

Lord, those women fell of the ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down, then worked on hitting the roots.

Geronimo on June 12, 2008 at 10:25 AM

Somebody needs to ask on a Sunday political show or on the Today show (they’d freak):

“Why do leftist kooks feel so at home around Obama, why are they drawn to him? Why does he constantly have to rid himself of radical people and constantly try to explain away his associations? Shouldn’t a President have a little better judgement than this?”

Then release a quote frm his book in which he says he sought out the radical s marxists and leftiists while in college. He feels comfortable around them and they feel comfortable around them.

Theworldisnotenough on June 12, 2008 at 10:27 AM

You’ve still got “Jodie Davis” in the text under the picture on the front page.

Jim Treacher on June 12, 2008 at 10:35 AM

Looks like she has had a lot of practice fighting her own countrymen.

ClassicCon on June 12, 2008 at 10:23 AM

and it worked with that shmuck.

RMC1618 on June 12, 2008 at 10:39 AM

The vita of these bundlers is just a side issue that should be noted, but not be the point of concentration nor excessive comment for the real future story.

Follow the money trail. That is where the real story lies, and where the real future damage to the Obama campaign will occur. The excessively large amounts of money that is flowing into the Obama coffers is not the kind of sums you would expect to see available from the vast liberal base supporting this effort. In general the young don’t have this kind of access to personal money. College students don’t have access to this kind of personal money. Peace activists don’t have access to this kind of personal money.

These groups and bundlers are nothing more than fronts for money laundering. Sooner of later all the trails for the money flow will coalesce and lead to a major, single source for the bulk of the contributions. That will be George Sorres.

What then will be the response from the Obama campaign? How will Obama throw Sorres under the bus?

Yoop on June 12, 2008 at 10:43 AM

Yoop on June 12, 2008 at 10:43 AM

Um, do you mean George Soros? Sheesh. At any rate, while Soros does control many stealth groups who fund Barry’s campaign, to say that all of Barry’s Bundlers are merely laundering his money for him is a fatuous claim.

Jodie Evans, Marilyn Katz and others are free agents with plenty of dough of their own to fund Barry, like this:

Ms. Evans is a very rich and powerful woman, thanks largely to her divorce settlement from the billionaire capitalist Max Palevsky in “common property” California.

Buy Danish on June 12, 2008 at 10:59 AM

The magic eightball says. “There is a bus in the near future”

ronsfi on June 12, 2008 at 11:14 AM

Sorry. Yes… Soros. Too much coffee and quick fingers.

Bundling does not imply they are using their own personal money, exclusively. Bundling implies numerous sources, does it not?

Yoop on June 12, 2008 at 11:25 AM

This is all very distracting…

D2Boston on June 12, 2008 at 11:40 AM

Another idiot hose bag tied to Hussein.

/yawn…

Akzed on June 12, 2008 at 11:45 AM

Jodie Evans has to be the Gold Standard of why some
people are called stooopid, ignorant, useful idiots.

That was friggin unbelievable.

Texyank on June 12, 2008 at 11:46 AM

You can’t reason or rationalize with self-loathing hippies…

Wyznowski on June 12, 2008 at 12:06 PM

Didn’t she/they fundraise for AQI during the middle of the big Fallujah battle? IIRC, anyways.

bikermailman on June 12, 2008 at 1:16 PM

Didn’t she/they fundraise for AQI during the middle of the big Fallujah battle? IIRC, anyways.

bikermailman on June 12, 2008 at 1:16 PM

If not, I’m sure she/they regret not doing so.

csdeven on June 12, 2008 at 1:19 PM

Send_Me on June 12, 2008 at 9:28 AM

but instead we find ourselves fighting a counterinsurgency of ideas for which we were woefully unprepared as a nation.

The problem is it’s not so much a counterinsurgency of ideas (sure, at the very top), but a counterinsurgency of idealessness – the mass of O! supporters can’t even explain his positions, they just have slogans and some vague hopey changiness – combined with economic and historical illiteracy.

The “anti-educational” system is largely to blame for that, though there’s more to it.

Merovign on June 12, 2008 at 1:23 PM

Jodie is just another(particularly telling) example of the sort running the Democratic Party these days. I am wondering just when moderate Dems will figure out that their Party has been hi-jacked.

jeanie on June 12, 2008 at 1:38 PM

I am wondering just when moderate Dems will figure out that their Party has been hi-jacked.

jeanie on June 12, 2008 at 1:38 PM

Hopefully the moderate dems will make thir dissatisfaction with the extreme left and their hijacking of their party known in November by voting for John McCain…hopefully!

Liberty or Death on June 12, 2008 at 3:27 PM

Follow the money trail. That is where the real story lies, and where the real future damage to the Obama campaign will occur. The excessively large amounts of money that is flowing into the Obama coffers is not the kind of sums you would expect to see available from the vast liberal base supporting this effort. In general the young don’t have this kind of access to personal money. College students don’t have access to this kind of personal money. Peace activists don’t have access to this kind of personal money.

These groups and bundlers are nothing more than fronts for money laundering. Sooner of later all the trails for the money flow will coalesce and lead to a major, single source for the bulk of the contributions. That will be George Sorres. [sic]

Yoop on June 12, 2008 at 10:43 AM

Bundlers are people who volunteer to shake down their friends, neighbors and business associates for checks, which are then delivered in a “bundle” to the candidate. The individual donations are still reported, recorded, etc. with the FEC (assuming the checks are large enough). Soros would have no motivation to employ an army of cut-outs to do this scheme. Were he so inclined, he could more easily do it in small undisclosed donations (under $200) through the website, which takes donations from over 100 countries.

Karl on June 12, 2008 at 7:21 PM