Okay, so not only is this guy a proud Communist, a radical enviro-socialist and an overall prick, but he also believes that the federal government was responsible for the attacks of September 11, 2001. Hats off to the folks at Gateway Pundit for doing more vetting than the Obama administration cared to do.
Or, on second thought, maybe the White House did in fact vet Jones. Maybe that’s the reason they wanted him. He hates America, he’s a socialist — gosh, he’s like a beefier, bespectacled version of the Commander in Chief.
Personally, I like Allahpundit’s explanation of the Van Jones pick over at HotAir:
[A]t this point I think Jones’s hiring is best explained not as a breakdown in vetting but as a goof by Obama to see just how much crap the media will let him get away with. “Hey Rahm — bet you 20 bucks I can get a Truther communist appointed to an environmental oversight position.” … I’ve been trying to come up with a joke all morning about what sort of leftist lunatic might be next on O’s hiring list, but I simply can’t top “Truther communist.” Congratulations, Barry: You’re now parody-proof.
It kind of reminds me of the selection of Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court.
For the life of me, I couldn’t put my finger on why the president would nominate a woman of such questionable credentials and with such a colorful past to replace the retiring Justice David Souter. My first inclination was that Sotomayor was a Harriet Miers-like trial balloon, suggested only to pave the way for a future candidate less desirable idologically but with otherwise decent credentials on the bench, but the Democrats had the votes to push anybody by that they saw fit anyway, so that didn’t make sense. My second thought was that the administration still couldn’t vet anybody properly, but seeing that Sotomayor’s membership in La Raza and such was so readily available, that didn’t seem to be the case.
Finally, I settled on the simplest possible reason, that the president looked at Sonia Sotomayor, saw the Latina mirror image of himself, and was just arrogant enough to figure that he could slip her by an obedient media. It made sense — Sotomayor is a minority, she has an extraordinary story starting with an unconventional childhood, she could care less about the Constitution, and she deems “social justice” more important than the rule of law.
Van Jones is the same way. Barack Obama knows all about this guy, but he doesn’t care. Jones was selected for his position because Obama sees himself in him, and in an office which did not demand Senate confirmation, Jones would be free to say and do all of the things Obama himself would like to say and do but cannot because of the high profile of the presidency.
So it doesn’t surprise me that Jones is a 9/11 ‘truther.’ It disgusts me, for sure, but all I can do is add that to the list of things which disgust me about Jones and this administration. Thankfully, the American people seem to be waking up for this nonsense, and it’s only a matter of time before the president will no longer be able to get away with anti-Americanism by proxy.