Not quite a month ago, the Washington Post published Lois Romano’s admiring profile of the former Obama administration green jobs commissar Van Jones. Romano takes the green jobs con straight while conceding the difficulty of selling the concept. In light of the recent revelations about Jones, one might say that Romano missed virtually everything of interest about this Marxist nutjob.
Despite the limitations of her profile, Romano made one interesting observation:
His career path was not unlike President Obama’s. After graduating from Yale Law School, Jones worked as a community activist in Oakland, Calif., and founded the Ella Barker Center for Human Rights. A few years ago, he saw an opportunity to combine his commitment to racial and economic parity with work to solve the environmental crisis. He soon became a hero of the green movement as he talked about “greening the ghetto,” appearing on hip shows such as “The Colbert Report” and sending out his message on YouTube.
Romano’s statement that Jones “saw an opportunity to combine his commitment to racial and economic parity with work to solve the environmental crisis,” with its subscription to the party line implicit in Jones’s presentation of himself, is almost comic in in its cluelessness. Almost.
Try to count the axioms planted in that sentence, which could fairly be translated as “Jones saw how he might combine his racial hustle with his Marxist claptrap to seize on purported concern for the environment as the path to power.”
I don’t suppose that Romano will be revisiting the observation that Jones’s career path was not unlike President Obama’s any time soon.
The transcript of Romano’s interview with Jones is posted here, the video here. The video displays the chummy air between Romano and Jones. It explains a lot.