How Did the Van Jones Vetting Go Wrong?
posted at 7:46 pm on September 6, 2009 by The Other McCain
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.
Also in the Green Room: What the Van Jones Story Is Really About