We all knew it was coming, the only question was when.
It seemed the Obama Administration decided to let Van Jones go in the middle of a holiday weekend when few people were paying attention. The White House announced his resignation in the wee hours of Sunday* on Labor Day weekend:
Jones, an administration official specializing in environmentally friendly “green jobs” with the White House Council on Environmental Quality was linked to efforts suggesting a government role in the 2001terror attacks and to derogatory comments about Republicans.
And true to form, this man who much maligned the Bush Administration left swinging, saying in his resignation statement:
On the eve of historic fights for health care and clean energy, opponents of reform have mounted a vicious smear campaign against me. . . . They are using lies and distortions to distract and divide.
Sounds like he’s describing the tactics of some of his former White House colleagues and their special interest allies working to help pass the President’s various big-spending initiatives.
Kudos to the numerous conservative bloggers, notably Jim Hoft, who investigated the issue while the MSM ignored it. Independent bloggers did their research for them. Finally, their posts generated enough chatter that the MSM finally picked it up.
This story shows how much new media have changed the world. In the past, a Democratic White House may have been able to get away with hiring a former Communist with radical views and an undiplomatic vocabulary.
At the GayPatriot brunch yesterday in Denver, we were all certain Jones would step down and were speculating about the time. I believe one person said he would step down before the Sunday talk shows** while another said he’d step down just before the President’s talk to schoolchildren to draw attention away from that controversial address.
In any case, he did step down — and sooner than most anticipated. Despite the Administration’s best efforts, people are paying attention. They can now see that the man who put himself forward as a level-headed moderate in the fall campaign, eager to hold the line on federal spending (in the third debate) and agreeing with John McCain on national security issues (in the first debate), has staffed his White House with numerous radicals, cut from the same cloth of his many questionable associations over the past two decades.
Associations which we and other conservative bloggers questioned in the campaign, but which left-wing bloggers dismissed as irrelevant and which (thanks to MSM silence and scorn) most Americans ignored.
Not any more.
*Other reports say, he resigned Saturday night.
UPDATE: Ed Driscoll observes:
As Andy Levy Of Fox News’ Red Eye show notes on Twitter, “Won’t it be weird when people who don’t get their news from the internet or FNC have no idea who the guy who resigned is?”
UP-UPDATE: Blogger bfwebster almost perfectly pegged the time of the resignation, “it’s pretty clear he’s on the way out. I suspect it will be within 24 hours, or in other words, by late Saturday afternoon.” Well, he was a few hours off. Read the whole thing to see why he suspected a departure “before the Sunday morning talk shows.”