Sunday, September 06, 2009

Van Jones Goes, But Not Gracefully

Obama 'green jobs' adviser quits amid controversy

"On the eve of historic fights for health care and clean energy, opponents of reform have mounted a vicious smear campaign against me," Jones said in his resignation statement. "They are using lies and distortions to distract and divide."

The fact is that Jones' own words sunk him; no lies, no distortions and nothing taken out of context. That he is claiming otherwise, now brands him as a liar in addition to being a racialist radical.

Some people are incapable of admitting fault, even in the face of overwhelming evidence. To them, it's always the misinterpretation of others rather than their own words. In their minds, they are forever misunderstood martyrs, rather than hate mongers being held to account for their own statements and beliefs.

Van Jones' horizons have always been viewed through the prism of race and this setback will do nothing to clear his vision. Alas, we have not heard the last of him and his future statements will likely be no less impolitic than those of his past.

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