White House source: We never asked Van Jones to fill out the vetting questionnaire Update: FBI vetted Jones

posted at 3:27 pm on September 7, 2009 by Allahpundit

I don’t believe them. Or rather, I don’t believe that this is some innocent blind spot in the vetting process.

An administration official said special advisers to the president, or czars, are not required to fill out the questionnaire that runs 7 pages and contains 63 questions.

The entire questionnaire, the official said, is reserved for appointees who must win Senate confirmation

Question 61 reads as follows: “Have you had any association with any person, group or business venture that could be used – even unfairly – to impugn or attack your character and qualifications for government service?”…

An administration official said Jones never hid his controversial associations or remarks from the White House.

“It wouldn’t be fair to characterize him as being dishonest or hiding his comments or his positions,” the official said. “It’s just fair to say that he didn’t go through the most rigorous vetting process.”

This reeks of plausible deniability. If they knew, however vaguely, that he was tainted, why wouldn’t they follow up with a thorough vetting via the questionnaire to find out just how tainted he was? Answer: Because they didn’t want to know, and they certainly didn’t want to create any documents that would prove that they did. Copping to incompetence in the background check is less politically damaging than copping to putting a Truther on the payroll with full knowledge of his past, so that’s how they’re going to spin this. Plain and simple, they’ve been playing dumb about this guy since the moment they hired him.

A former Bush lawyer who spoke to Politico isn’t buying it:

During the Bush Administration any White House staffer with policymaking or public responsibilities would have undergone substantial vetting. At a minimum, the potential hire would have been asked the umbrella question “is there anything in your background that — fairly or unfairly — might be used to cause embarrasment to you or the President.” In, addition, anyone with a West Wing office had to undergo a national security background investigation based on the SF-86 form in order to get a permanent badge. That form includes very detailed questions about associations with anti-government groups. If Jones was asked either set of questions, the information that led to his resignation should have been disclosed…

Van Jones’ issues would probably have been flagged if he had simply been looking for a date on E-Harmony or Match.Com. Here, there was most likely a major gap in the vetting operation, a deliberate deception by Jones, or a conscious decision by someone senior to short circuit the more rigorous vetting process. The smart money would be on the latter two possibilities. This happened once in the Bush Administration with the vetting of Bernie Kerik, with awful consequences.

Not the first time we’ve heard the “short circuit” theory floated. I said this yesterday but it’s important enough to bear repeating: The White House is flatly admitting here that its czars are specially exempt from the sort of scrutiny that cabinet officers receive. But why? The point of a Senate confirmation hearing is to make sure that power isn’t being wielded by officials whom the public would consider unsuitable or irresponsible; if the White House wants to bypass that process, the least it could do is make some sort of cursory inquiry towards the same end. And yet, by their own admission, they’re not. Which means (a) Obama must feel mighty confident that no third party is going to make that inquiry on its own — and rightly so, and (b) there’s potentially an awful lot of skeletons in an awful lot of closets yet to be revealed. Exit question: Will the Jones scandal spark a round of after-the-fact vetting by White House lawyers to make sure this doesn’t happen again? Or will The One double down on his wager that the media won’t bother asking questions no matter how many alarm bells about his team of czars are going off?

Update: Reader Geoff A. points out that at least one Jones acquaintance was interviewed by the FBI as part of their background check on him. I assume that was aimed at finding out if he had any criminal background, not if he was a Truther nut, but note well:

Jones resigned amid a furor over his signature on a 2004 petition questioning the government’s actions around the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Supporters say the administration surely knew his background when they appointed Jones, the first African American to write a best-selling environmental book, as special adviser for green jobs at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. In fact, agents interviewed at least one of his former supervisors in San Francisco – Eva Paterson – when the FBI vetted his appointment.

For once, his supporters are probably right. And also note this, again via Geoff A. Time magazine, November 18, 2008, just two weeks after the election:

Though over 7,000 jobs are expected to become available in President-elect Barack Obama’s Administration, applying for them is not for the faint of heart — or character. In order to compete for any of the positions, from U.S. coordinator for Afghanistan to staff assistant in the Department of Public Affairs, prospective Obamans need to fill out a grueling seven-page questionnaire created by Obama’s transition team to ensure that all members of the next Administration have had their closets spring-cleaned of any skeletons well in advance.

The questionnaire leaves no stone unturned in its 63-part effort to excavate any personal or professional transgressions in a candidate’s past. Sample indiscretions run the gamut from criminal convictions and tax fraud to text messages or personal diary entries that could be a “possible source of embarrassment” to the President-elect if made public.

This would be the same questionnaire that pointedly wasn’t given to Jones. How come, Barry? Just another false promise of ethics and transparency that quickly fell by the wayside after the inauguration?

Update: Was the FBI check only aimed at criminal history? Omri Ceren e-mails to say he doubts it and points to this passage at the Office of Personnel Management website:

Q. Why are you going to investigate me? I’m only applying for an entry level job and I don’t need a security clearance.

A. The interests of the national security require that all persons privileged to be employed in the departments and agencies of the government shall be reliable, trustworthy, of good conduct and character, and of complete and unswerving loyalty to the United States. This means that the appointment of each civilian employee in any department or agency of the government is subject to investigation. The scope of the investigation will vary, depending on the nature of the position and the degree of harm that an individual in that position could cause.

Jones’s association with STORM should have been a, er, red flag — enough of one, at least, to warrant completing the full seven-page questionnaire. Again, why the free pass?


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I am very concerned that we do not have a Green Jobs Czar in place. How will we survive without anyone in this very important post?

faraway on September 7, 2009 at 8:49 PM

Are you saying our a** will be grass?

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on September 7, 2009 at 9:05 PM

This reeks of plausible deniability. If they knew, however vaguely, that he was tainted, why wouldn’t they follow up with a thorough vetting via the questionnaire to find out just how tainted he was? Answer: Because they didn’t want to know . . .

How about this? He was vetted by Team Obama. He was brought on board specifically because of his radical views.

under on September 7, 2009 at 9:14 PM

Dead! Senator Blutarski’s right. Psychotic, but absolutely right. We gotta take these (Democratic and Liberal)bastards. Now we could do it with conventional weapons that could take years and cost millions of lives. No, I think we have to go all out. I think that this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody’s part.

Let’s Do It!!!!!

SmallGovtGuy on September 7, 2009 at 9:14 PM

So who is Obama’s “Wipe My A%s Czar”…?

Seven Percent Solution on September 7, 2009 at 9:14 PM

So who is Obama’s “Wipe My A%s Czar”…?

Seven Percent Solution on September 7, 2009 at 9:14 PM

Doesn’t Gibbs, Axlerod and Rahm turn turns doing that?

SmallGovtGuy on September 7, 2009 at 9:23 PM

So who is Obama’s “Wipe My A%s Czar”…?

Seven Percent Solution on September 7, 2009 at 9:14 PM

Rahm.

massrighty on September 7, 2009 at 9:23 PM

Doesn’t Gibbs, Axlerod and Rahm turn turns doing that?

SmallGovtGuy on September 7, 2009 at 9:23 PM

Gibbs isn’t up to the job.
Axelrod would delegate it to others.
Rahm wanted to be close to the seat of power.

massrighty on September 7, 2009 at 9:24 PM

So who is Obama’s “Wipe My A%s Czar”…?

Seven Percent Solution on September 7, 2009 at 9:14 PM

I heard Chris Matthews is applying for the “position”…

lovingmyUSA on September 7, 2009 at 9:26 PM

So who is Obama’s “Wipe My A%s Czar”…?

Seven Percent Solution on September 7, 2009 at 9:14 PM
I heard Chris Matthews is applying for the “position”…

lovingmyUSA on September 7, 2009 at 9:26 PM

No, that is the Tingle Up MY Leg Czar

SmallGovtGuy on September 7, 2009 at 9:28 PM

why the free pass?

Cuz Obamarx loves commies.

shick on September 7, 2009 at 9:28 PM

The no vetting excuse is lame. With every acomplishment this Jones guy had there’s a (literally) a red flag behind him.

shick on September 7, 2009 at 9:31 PM

Worry not comrades, His Majesty will soon have all the elements in place to execute his good and faithful plan. Squeaky and the Brain will soon TAKE OVER THE WORLD

david kumbera on September 7, 2009 at 9:32 PM

SmallGovtGuy on September 7, 2009 at 9:28 PM

Olbermann?

lovingmyUSA on September 7, 2009 at 9:32 PM

Excellent post Allah.

Mark30339 on September 7, 2009 at 9:34 PM

Where the HE** is the GOP on all this?

Ozwitch on September 7, 2009 at 9:41 PM

Where the HE** is the GOP on all this?

Ozwitch on September 7, 2009 at 9:41 PM

looking for birth certificates

disillusioned on September 7, 2009 at 9:45 PM

The bottom line question here is who received the FBI report on Van Jones and who over ruled the findings to allow him in the White House? Only one of three would have had the power to allow him in…Who in the FBI will leak this information?

d1carter on September 7, 2009 at 9:50 PM

Where the HE** is the GOP on all this?

Ozwitch on September 7, 2009 at 9:41 PM

The most favorable inference I can take from current GOP actions is;

They are letting grassroots conservatives (us!) do the heavy lifting on this – letting them stay above the fray.

That way, they can say their hands are clean.

That’s my charitable spin; it could just be that they are ineffective, cowardly, or detached.

You pick.

massrighty on September 7, 2009 at 9:51 PM

looking for birth certificates

disillusioned on September 7, 2009 at 9:45 PM

This makes no sense sir.
Perhaps sir could explain.

massrighty on September 7, 2009 at 9:54 PM

Asked and answered:

I don’t believe them. Or rather, I don’t believe that this is some innocent blind spot in the vetting process.

More lies and deception from the least transparent administration in recent memory. Remember now that when the lefty bloggers blustered that “the adults will be in charge again” they were just tying to counter the widely held perception that the Democrats are a bunch of college liberals who shouldn’t be trusted with anything more serious than a frat keg party.

Jaibones on September 7, 2009 at 9:56 PM

Democrats are a bunch of college liberals who shouldn’t be trusted with anything more serious than a frat keg party.

Jaibones on September 7, 2009 at 9:56 PM

Most of the time, they couldn’t even pull those off.

massrighty on September 7, 2009 at 9:57 PM

Krauthammer drops a ‘Daisy Cutter’…

http://gatewaypundit.blogspot.com/2009/09/krauhammer-van-jones-lunacy-is.html

CPT. Charles on September 7, 2009 at 10:01 PM

CPT. Charles on September 7, 2009 at 10:01 PM

I don’t always agree with CK, but he’s on target with this one. His logic, and deft prose, are hard to refute, and withering to stand against.

massrighty on September 7, 2009 at 10:05 PM

If Obama would just appoint me as Czar of Czar Vetting, I could make sure these frequent and embarrassing bitch-slaps never happened to him again.

TMK on September 7, 2009 at 10:05 PM

You pick.

massrighty on September 7, 2009 at 9:51 PM

the truthers in the party may behind door number three, or the Ron Paul army. like you mentioned though, it’s an up in the air question.

You pick.

massrighty on September 7, 2009 at 9:51 PM

the intent of the comment was to demonstrate a theme that the GOP can be destracted at times with fringe movements, where as ingnoring the base.

disillusioned on September 7, 2009 at 10:05 PM

Aha! Bush never asked Obama to fill out the questioniarre!

Cybergeezer on September 7, 2009 at 10:07 PM

massrighty on September 7, 2009 at 9:54 PM

:)

chemman on September 7, 2009 at 10:08 PM

What gives you that idea? Obama is still lounging on the deck of the SS Partisan Radical Leftist.
SKYFOX on September 7, 2009 at 4:43 PM

It’s risable. The Bamster captains the ship of partisan post-partisan partisanship.
Not only that, he’s the post-racial racist of post-racial politics.
Wow! Gotta love that Bamster.

P.S.:Community organizers don’t run tight ships.

petefrt on September 7, 2009 at 10:08 PM

the intent of the comment was to demonstrate a theme that the GOP can be destracted at times with fringe movements, where as ingnoring the base.

disillusioned on September 7, 2009 at 10:05 PM

Where as ignoring the base (what goes next).
If you are going to post quit smoking the banana peels you might then make some sense.

chemman on September 7, 2009 at 10:11 PM

the intent of the comment was to demonstrate a theme that the GOP can be destracted at times with fringe movements, where as ingnoring the base.

disillusioned on September 7, 2009 at 10:05 PM

This is still not clear, sir.
Is sir having trouble with grammar?

massrighty on September 7, 2009 at 10:18 PM

chemman on September 7, 2009 at 10:11 PM

Quick question. What is more important? Health Care, bailouts, stimulus, or birth certificate. Now, which one has the media reported on more often?

disillusioned on September 7, 2009 at 10:19 PM

disillusioned on September 7, 2009 at 10:19 PM

Sir must know that media reports more on health care to defame conservative postion.

massrighty on September 7, 2009 at 10:23 PM

massrighty on September 7, 2009 at 10:18 PM

I guess we’ll have to ask commented Upstater… about that.

disillusioned on September 7, 2009 at 10:23 PM

I think Krauthammer was right on Special Report tonight. He said the people who surround Obama are like Jones and so they thought this was all normal.
Terrye on September 7, 2009 at 7:20 PM

Exactamundo. And when the F.B.I. presented their report they laughed at the stupidity of it all and made fun of the uneducated boors who didn’t go to Yale like Van the Marxist.

Buy Danish on September 7, 2009 at 10:24 PM

chemman on September 7, 2009 at 10:11 PM

It’s hiding; or it’s gone.
You don’t suppose we disillusioned it, do you?

massrighty on September 7, 2009 at 10:28 PM

Sir must know that media reports more on health care to defame conservative postion.

massrighty on September 7, 2009 at 10:23 PM

Oh darn, how could I forget the newest administration ploy to destract the masses. Did you here that Obama wants to talk to school children now?

disillusioned on September 7, 2009 at 10:28 PM

“disillusioned on September 7, 2009 at 10:28 PM”

DUDE. It’s called spell check. look into it.

/eye roll

Buckaroo on September 7, 2009 at 10:29 PM

disillusioned on September 7, 2009 at 10:28 PM

I hadn’t heard, sir.
Does sir have one of those linky thingies?

massrighty on September 7, 2009 at 10:30 PM

Buckaroo on September 7, 2009 at 10:29 PM

This ones a “whack-a-troll.”
It likes being hit, and pops up all over.
The bad spelling is an affectation, to annoy us.
G’wan, give it a whack.

massrighty on September 7, 2009 at 10:32 PM

massrighty on September 7, 2009 at 10:30 PM

to defame conservative postion.

It can’t be done.

disillusioned on September 7, 2009 at 10:37 PM

I am very concerned that we do not have a Green Jobs Czar in place. How will we survive without anyone in this very important post?

faraway on September 7, 2009 at 8:49 PM

My DC sign for Saturday will likely say:
GO GREEN – RECYCLE CONGRESS!
SAVE THE PLANET CONSTITUTION!

Christian Conservative on September 7, 2009 at 10:41 PM

night massrighty… when I figure out what “postion” is I may be able to comment better here on this site. btw, if you see Sir, send him a warm hello.

disillusioned on September 7, 2009 at 10:48 PM

disillusioned on September 7, 2009 at 10:37 PM

There was a subtle, sarcastic underpinning to all my posts directed at you.

I was mocking you.
You missed it.

Does sir have problems with basic comprehension?

massrighty on September 7, 2009 at 10:49 PM

“How about this? He was vetted by Team Obama. He was brought on board specifically because of his radical views.”
under on September 7

No good.
As spin/damage control, that won’t fly.

Sounds too much like the truth.

DSchoen on September 7, 2009 at 11:14 PM

the first African American to write a best-selling environmental book

I’m not trying to be mean, but this stuff gets really tedious. What next, the first African American who bought an iced latte at Starbucks?

MobsterinVA on September 7, 2009 at 11:33 PM

Plain and simple, they’ve been playing dumb about this guy since the moment they hired him.

They’ve been “playing dumb” about everyone they get caught with in their secret build up of radicals for their revolution. This is just the tip of the iceberg.

gina4 on September 7, 2009 at 11:46 PM

No, that is the Tingle Up MY Leg Czar

SmallGovtGuy on September 7, 2009 at 9:28 PM

Buy one, get one free.

Shy Guy on September 8, 2009 at 12:38 AM

Did you here that Obama wants to talk to school children now?

disillusioned on September 7, 2009 at 10:28 PM

Repeat after me; spelling and grammar, spelling and grammer.

Johan Klaus on September 8, 2009 at 1:29 AM

Repeat after me; spelling and grammar, spelling and grammer.

Johan Klaus on September 8, 2009 at 1:29 AM

I have to amuse myself somehow hear.

disillusioned on September 8, 2009 at 1:44 AM

The point of a Senate confirmation hearing is to make sure that power isn’t being wielded by officials whom the public would consider unsuitable or irresponsible; if the White House wants to bypass that process, the least it could do is make some sort of cursory inquiry towards the same end. the obvious conclusion is that the White House wants that power to be wielded by officials whom the public would consider unsuitable or irresponsible.

One plus one equals two.

————-or————-

The One plus one equals screw you.

hillbillyjim on September 8, 2009 at 2:07 AM

I hope somebody is filing FOIA for information on his vetting. I don’t know if this stuff is exempt somehow as a personnel matter but it would be well worth the effort to see what comes out the other end.

DaMav on September 8, 2009 at 2:30 AM

Was the FBI check only aimed at criminal history?

As a college teacher, I’ve been interviewed over a dozen times by FBI investigators, getting information on former students who, for whatever reason, in their new jobs need some sort of security clearance. None of the questions have ever dealt with criminal history or criminal behavior — I assume because they could obtain that information far more reliably from someone else.

But they still interviewed me, and asked a lot of questions about a lot of distinctly non-criminal issues: Did he have a girlfriend/boyfriend? Did she smoke cigarettes? Did he ever make use of your office hours? What did you and she discuss during your office hours? Did this student ever ask for your opinion on questions regarding US foreign policy?

I’m assuming most of the questions were merely to check the applicant’s veracity in their own interviews.

notropis on September 8, 2009 at 3:45 AM

Team Obama is too busy vetting the previous administration to check up on their own new hires.
TN Mom on September 7, 2009

Me think ya nailed it!

Along with the previous administration, we must include

“Operation RushBo”

“Operation Palin”

“Operation Glenn”

“Operation Fox news”

DSchoen on September 8, 2009 at 5:13 AM

Letting the grassroots do your job for you demonstrates that the GOP IS ineffective, cowardly, and detached. Not each member of the Incumbistani delegation, but by far and wide enough of them to put the party into that position.

Which is why I’m not a Republican.

They don’t know how to fight back, wear a ‘Kick Me’ sign on their pants and say that its so bad that taxpayer supported ‘Kick Me’ signs get attached to people and that perhaps the system ought to be better managed to distribute those signs more widely. Never try to get rid of the horrific system, itself, just ‘manage’ it better. Yes ineffective, cowardly, and detached is the concept, here. And if they have to let the grassroots lead, then they should step down and get out of the way for them and end any self back-patting going on for being wallflowers in a fight.

ajacksonian on September 8, 2009 at 6:51 AM

There are only two choices here – ether they knew and approved or they were ignorant and incompetent.

These “organizers” knew and were philisophilcal soul mates with theis racist Marxist radical. Forget the rainbow Obama folks -it’s a hammer and sickle that is their symbol.

Don L on September 8, 2009 at 7:45 AM

“of complete and unswerving loyalty to the United States.”

Well Mr. Jones actually fit with this administration, because he was following the ideas and values of what President Obama wants for America. :-)

JeffinSac on September 8, 2009 at 7:57 AM

Question 61 reads as follows: “Have you had any association with any person, group or business venture that could be used – even unfairly – to impugn or attack your character and qualifications for government service?”…

Oh, for Heaven’s sake, Van Jones WAS IN PRISON, ORGANIZING AMONG INMATES FOR COMMUNISM **AND** ADVOCATING VIOLENCE UPON LAW ENFORCEMENT.

To repeat that, he circulated intensely among prison inmates who shared in those interests.

It’d undoubtedly be a real task to try to compose a list of the actual names — The Wratchet, Al the Goon, Bib Boomer of Death and the like — but the point that Van Jones served prison time and did his “community organizing” IN THAT ENVIRONMENT would more than answer that “Question 61″ even without him filling out the blasted form.

This is clearly a case of the Obama Admin. wanting Van Jones involved and them casting aside any and all restrictions in order to accomplish that. If anyone from “the FBI” is today trying to maintain that they screened this guy, well, I’m sure they’re handy spokespersons for People Who Want To Keep Their Jobs.

So now Van Jones and Obama are dragging the Bureau down, too. What else is next…

Lourdes on September 8, 2009 at 8:11 AM

This is just pitiful by Barack Obama, Axelrod, Emanuel, Jarrett: now they’re blaming the FBI…

As IF they thought Van Jones was just putting bouquettes of daisies together for the past thirty years, or, rather, that the public expected that that’s been his life time experience.

Lourdes on September 8, 2009 at 8:14 AM

An administration official said special advisers to the president, or czars, are not required to fill out the questionnaire that runs 7 pages and contains 63 questions.

The entire questionnaire, the official said, is reserved for appointees who must win Senate confirmation…

Question 61 reads as follows: “Have you had any association with any person, group or business venture that could be used – even unfairly – to impugn or attack your character and qualifications for government service?”…

An administration official said Jones never hid his controversial associations or remarks from the White House.

D’oh! There likely as not was a clear intent to NOT have Van Jones fill out that or much of any other “form” for obvious reasons.

Lourdes on September 8, 2009 at 8:17 AM

Van Jones is now being outed as having AGREED WITH the terrorists responsible for the 9/11 acts. Van Jones is now being found to hold the opinion that he thinks the “U.S. deserved it” — WHICH MEANS Van Jones agrees with the terrorists (who engaged in their evil deeds because they believed the U.S. deserved it), which means Van Jones agrees with Al Quaeda.

And this is the guy that Obama’s Key Advisor thinks is so neat?! And Arianna Huffington is hot over?

Fools, the whole lot of them, fools. And that goes for Barack Obama, too, except for him, he merits far more serious a judgement.

Lourdes on September 8, 2009 at 8:20 AM

So who is Obama’s “Wipe My A%s Czar”…?

Seven Percent Solution on September 7, 2009 at 9:14 PM
I heard Chris Matthews is applying for the “position”…

lovingmyUSA on September 7, 2009

For Crissy, it will only require a simple reach-around.

SKYFOX on September 8, 2009 at 8:20 AM

Woops, not supposed to call others “fool” — so, instead, allow me to rephrase: evil, the whole lot of them, evil.

Lourdes on September 8, 2009 at 8:21 AM

the first African American to write a best-selling environmental book

I’m not trying to be mean, but this stuff gets really tedious. What next, the first African American who bought an iced latte at Starbucks?

MobsterinVA on September 7, 2009 at 11:33 PM

Ha, yeah, agreed.

I’m willing to bet that the old fisherman on Lonely Bayou, Louisiana knows more about “the environment” than Van Jones does, AND the old guy is Black.

Lourdes on September 8, 2009 at 8:23 AM

Now they need to get rid of the former Weather Underground fella who helped write the stimulus bill. I dont think he works for the administration, so why is he helping to write a bill?

becki51758 on September 8, 2009 at 8:36 AM

So who is Obama’s “Wipe My A%s Czar”…?

Seven Percent Solution on September 7, 2009 at 9:14 PM

- – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – -
Thats a shared responsibility between David Azelhead and the Dodge Ram.

bluegrass on September 8, 2009 at 8:38 AM

He also accused Clinton of going to war to cover up his Lewinsky scandal.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/1998/08/22/MN81729.DTL

“This is using dead Third World bodies to cover up his own unzipped pants,” declared Van Jones, director of Bay Area PoliceWatch, an organization that until now has focused on alleged misconduct by law enforcement officers. Jones spoke at a demonstration at Powell and Market streets in San Francisco that drew 400 people, according to police estimates.

The theme that Clinton took military action to distract public attention from the Monica Lewinsky affair was highlighted in a protester’s sign in Palo Alto that read, “Don’t let a wartime incursion be Clinton’s diversion.”

sarainitaly on September 8, 2009 at 8:56 AM

Everyone should be THANKING Glenn Beck. He is not finished, he has put out there everything we need on the other czars to take them out. It just has to be FORCED to the front the way Van was by constantly putting up articles, and videos of their communist, radical statements until they can finally ignore them no more and step out.

patriotparty1 on September 8, 2009 at 9:01 AM

The question didn’t specifically ask if he was a crazy truther.

t.ferg on September 8, 2009 at 9:18 AM

A very important questionnaire, except when its not.

Are questionnaires just for the unknown Marxist, little people then?

Speakup on September 8, 2009 at 9:55 AM

The White House knows about the backgrounds of his czars. That’s why he hired them. They don’t even try to hide the backgrounds of their radicals, because they think everybody thinks that way.

I mean, really. Who hasn’t thought that white people were intentionally poisoning inner cities?

hawksruleva on September 8, 2009 at 10:23 AM

So now Van Jones and Obama are dragging the Bureau down, too. What else is next…

Lourdes on September 8, 2009 at 8:11 AM

Glenn Beck gave them that little loophole opening and they’re happily squirming through. I kinda see Levin’s point about toning down the histrionics and not giving them any benefit of the doubt at all. These folk are much too devious for that.

RepubChica on September 8, 2009 at 10:24 AM

I want a White House job as a Czar Screeer.

After an exhaustive million dollar study I’ve created a White House Czar Application Form.

Question 1
. Are you now or were you ever a Communist.

Question 2.
Are you now or have you ever been a radical, calling for the overthrow of our government.

Question 3. Are you lying now?

Jeff from WI on September 8, 2009 at 10:45 AM

Copping to incompetence in the background check is less politically damaging than copping to putting a Truther on the payroll with full knowledge of his past,

If anyone was a sucker, they’ve already figured out who gave them the short end.

Copping to incompetence has already been done too many times, Obama leaving too many holes in that bag to hold any water. The public opinion is that Obama’s wee wee is worn out. People are sick of hearing just how incompetent or ignorant or STUPID this administration is, as in NO MORE BAD!

I disagree that its less politically damaging. Nothing is worse than utter incompetence. Don’t sugar coat complete incompetence with good intentions and tell me its really forgivable to ruin our nation on that inexcusable reason. And don’t sugar coat malicious intentions with supposed “incompetence” and expect me to swallow the poison. There are obvious things that are as bad as incompetence, yes; but not necessarily worse. And this administration’s incompetent body is rooted from the unvetted POTUS, the root for all other non-vetted incompetents or saboteurs amid Washington’s appointed Leftist authoritarian Socialists, i.e. communists and fascists, vetted or not.

Get to the bottom of it.

maverick muse on September 8, 2009 at 11:09 AM

For better understanding of what is happening to us let me translate:

1) community organizations were known in the USSR as local soviets and in the satelites as block committees;

2) What we call the White House czars were known in communist dictatorships as komissars.

Are the things getting clearer?

.

ms on September 8, 2009 at 11:11 AM

to quote USSR Vladimir Lenin:

” The way to crush Capitalism is to grind them between the millstones of Taxation and Inflation”.

Fight for our Freedom, our Constitution, our Free Enterprise System and our Way of Life.

AMERICA IS IN GRAVE DANGER!

.

ms on September 8, 2009 at 11:15 AM

Time to file that Freedom of Information Act request for all things vetting for Van Jones… SHOW US ALL THE PAPERWORK!!

I can’t wait until 5 pm for Glenn Beck to come on… MUST SEE TV!

Khun Joe on September 8, 2009 at 11:41 AM

Valerie Jarrett, Obama’s main adviser, said the White House had RECRUITED Van Jones for an important role on the team. If they were not aware of his anti-American radicalism, on what grounds was he chosen to be on board as a czar? This is so obvious, the lies smell of desperation. The speech to the school kids was reversed from its original intent because of the communist nature of Jone’s background causing his leaving. Given in its original form would have been gas on the fire.

volsense on September 8, 2009 at 1:28 PM

Mr. Sirota is speaking for many on the movement left who believe they helped to elect Mr. Obama and therefore deserve seats at the inner table of power. They are increasingly frustrated because they are discovering that Mr. Obama will happily employ “movement progressives,” but only so long as their real views and motivations aren’t widely known or understood. How bitter it must be to discover that the Fox News Channel’s Glenn Beck, who drove the debate about Mr. Jones, counts for more at this White House than Mr. Sirota.

Schadenfreude on September 8, 2009 at 2:55 PM

The FBI vetted Van Jones, the same FBI that Obama appointed to “vet” the CIA.

maverick muse on September 8, 2009 at 4:02 PM

I don’t believe a word of what they are saying.

highdesertman on September 8, 2009 at 4:21 PM

Glenn Beck was on Fox and Friends this morning and he obviously will be revealing something big this week on his show and he said people will be going to jail.

silvernana on September 8, 2009 at 4:25 PM

GLENN IS ON NOW AND HE’S TRYING TO TELL US MORE ABOUT OBAMA AND JONES AND THE ADMINISTRATION!

Bambi on September 8, 2009 at 5:24 PM

Of course, the failure of the Green Jobs initiative will now be due to the evil GOP racist plot against Van Jones.

Not the fact that Green jobs are largely non-existent. Say you train all of those unemployed RV folks in Elkhart to build wind turbines. Who’s putting in that big order for wind turbines? Until someone with money wants to build stuff, learning how to build it isn’t very useful.

hawksruleva on September 8, 2009 at 5:33 PM

Czar is just another word for Traitor!

Marco on September 8, 2009 at 5:33 PM

Are you ‘Real Americans’ still going on about some low-level Obama staffer?? How sad. I guess the Party of No has to have something to oppose and whine about at all times.

Hey, how about that Dow!

simplesimon on September 8, 2009 at 8:35 PM

Again, I’ll say… I was vetted extensively for my job now with Veterans Affairs… may these czars go to jail because they are all poison.

MNDavenotPC on September 8, 2009 at 9:40 PM

The reverse of the of CYAWP coin , is do not create a paper trail .

borntoraisehogs on September 9, 2009 at 11:05 AM

simplesimon on September 8, 2009 at 8:35 PM

Keep sucking on your sour grapes–we know you are upset because we knocked off one of your boyfriends. We will pick each czar off, one by one. Just as we will pick up congress seats in 2010. We can be patient–and we will prevail.

lovingmyUSA on September 9, 2009 at 11:40 AM

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