Van Jones was a favorite of White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett. “Ooh. Van Jones. We were so delighted to recruit him to the White House,” Jarrett told a conference of left-wing bloggers in 2009. “We were watching him … for as long as he’s been active out in Oakland.”
Jarrett had secured Jones an appointment in the Obama administration as the “green jobs czar” in the rosy dawn of the Age of Obama. Given Jones’s background, that should have been “green jobs commissar” or the like. In 1994, for example, Jones was one of the founders of STORM, a Marxist-Leninist group whose hero was Chinese Communist dictator Mao Tse Tung.
“But what did Mr. Jones in,” Jack Kelly recounted in an entertaining retrospective column on Jones’s departure from the Obama administration, “was the revelation that in 2004 he had signed a petition calling on then-New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer to investigate whether the Bush administration had been behind the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.”
Not to worry though. Jones landed on his feet. Indeed, Jones’s friends in the mainstream media have found him a sage source of political commentary. In a recent interview with Jake Tapper on CNN, Jones declared DNC chairman wannabe Keith Ellison the man for the job (video below, less than a minute). I doubt that Jones’s public support is helpful to Ellison’s cause — I’m pretty sure Ellison has the Marxist/Leninist brigade locked down already — but many Power Line readers support the vindication of Jones’s hope in this case for their own mischievous reasons.