As noted by John Stephenson of NewsBusters, much of the media has been ignoring the enormous Van Jones controversy. However, Joe Garofoli, the politics writer and blogger for Jones' hometown newspaper, the liberal San Francisco Chronicle, has just written about the toxic effect of Van Jones and who is standing by their Van and who isn't in his Politics blog:
The Bay Area's Van Jones -- the Special Advisor for Green Jobs at the White House Council on Environmental Quality -- just finished apologizing for calling Republicans "a-holes" when he got something else to start explaining: How his signature got on a 2004 petition asking for an immediate "inquiry into evidence that suggests high-level government officials may have deliberately allowed the September 11th attacks to occur." Van said he didn't carefully review the petition before signing it "certainly does not reflect my views now or ever."
Van Jones doesn't review the petitions he signs? Did he also not read the philosphy of communism to which he professed a belief in during the 1990s?
Garofoli notes a "bad sign" that the White House won't stand by their Van:
Bad sign: When asked if Jones still enjoys the confidence of the President Friday, White House flak Robert Gibbs said "he continues to work in this administration."
Yes, it certainly is a bad sign but Garofoli does provide a very very thin bit of cover for Jones:
While Jones' lefty past gets a shrug in many parts of liberal SF, it doesn't in much of the rest of the country. A quick gander at the list of signatures with Jones reveal an All-Star cast of Bay Area lefties: Code Pink co-founder Medea Benjamin, Global Exchange co-founder Kevin Danaher, Smith and Hawken founder Paul Hawken, Daniel Ellsberg and musician Michael Franti. But Jones didn't work for the White House then.
So just because Jones didn't work at the White House at the time he signed the Truther petition that somehow ameliorates his lunacy? Also any petition with the name of Medea Benjamin should set off nutcase alarm bells right away. The Van Jones toxicity seems to have also spread beyond just the Obama administration as Garofoli points out. It seems that San Francisco mayor and gubernatorial candidate, Gavin Newsome (in photo with Van Jones), has decided to stand by his Van even if the White House won't:
"Yes. Van Jones and Mayor Newsom are good friends, and the mayor stands by him," Newsom spokesperson Nate Ballard said.
Although you won't read about it in much of the media, there is currently a lot of speculation in the blogosphere about if the White House will soon toss Van under the van. My DUmmie FUnnies "co-conspirator Charles Henrickson has written a parody song on this possibility called "Stand By Your Van" to the tune of Stand By Your Man:
Sometimes it's hard to be Obama
Backin' all the czars at your command
You'll have commies
Wipin' out your castles in the sand
But if you love him you won't dump him
Even though he's messin' up your plan
And if they throw stones
Oh, don't let go Jones
'Cause after all he's still your Van
Stand by your Van
Give him your imprimatur
Don't be a wimp about it
When whites attack your brother
Stand by your Van
And show Glenn Beck you back him
Keep backin' Jones--oh, yes you can!
Stand by your Van!