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How Did the Van Jones Vetting Go Wrong?

posted at 7:46 pm on September 6, 2009 by

As Allah says, there is every reason to believe that Team Obama never imagined Van Jones — whose “czar” gig didn’t require a Senate confirmation hearing — would be subjected to any serious level of public scrutiny. On the other hand, maybe it wasn’t such a good idea to outsource the vetting process to Leonardo DiCaprio :

When Van Jones was tapped to serve as special adviser on green jobs at the White House Council on Environmental Quality earlier this year, the appointment was heralded as a significant development for the green movement. . . .
In less than two years, Jones has risen from local grass-roots organizer to shepherd of a national movement to build an inclusive green economy — one that connects the people who most need work to the work that most needs to be done. . . . Steadily — by redefining green — Jones is making sure that our planet and our people will not just survive but also thrive in a clean-energy economy. . . .
Leonardo DiCaprio, Time Magazine, “The 2009 Time 100

Hat-tip to Tim Blair.

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I would argue that trooferism and communism aren’t considered to be that unusual by Team Obama. If we could get more members of his administration to try a little in vino veritas you’d find a lot more.

I’m sure the media will look into Obama’s flunkies right after they finish checking all of the footnotes in McDonnell’s graduate thesis.

18-1 on September 6, 2009 at 7:57 PM

Why didn’t this brand-new czar position require Senate approval? Some czars apparently do. For example, the Drug Czar went through the Senate.

see-dubya on September 6, 2009 at 8:00 PM

One has to be vetted before it can go wrong…

Note to self: vet next time!!

Khun Joe on September 6, 2009 at 8:48 PM

Leo DiCaprio, noted scientist and scholar. What other veting needs to be done?

conservativegrandma on September 6, 2009 at 9:13 PM

Khun Joe on September 6, 2009 at 8:48 PM

Yeah, that usually helps. How many other Czars in Comrade Obama’s administration have similar issues?

David Block on September 6, 2009 at 10:01 PM