Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Van Van!

"The resignation of White House environmental adviser Van Jones has revealed a lapse in the administration's vetting procedures."

Scott Wilson and Juliet Eilperin, "In Adviser's Resignation, Vetting Bites Obama Again," The Washington Post, September 7, 2009.

Maybe. I'm still puzzled by this flap. Can any of us remember all of the petitions we've signed -- or read before we signed? A lot of people, including a few neoconservative elders, belonged at one time to defunct, radical organizations of different stripes. And the "A-hole" rant -- silly and stupid.

All of this gets clothed in talk of not wanting to become a diversion, Saturday midnight resignations and tight-lipped press-office comments.

So, I'm puzzled. Most community organizers have a checkered past of one sort or another. That's what makes them exciting -- they've been out in communities doing stuff, maybe caring too much, not career planning.

This is all too bad -- passionate advocates frequently are the first to exit progressive administrations. Is it really about vetting?

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