Van Jones And The Race Card

by Patrick Appel

A reader writes:

Your "partisanship rises, ctd." letter was illustrative of a distressing tendency of Obama's defenders to play the race card.  To describe the Jones incident as racist requires some stretching that I'm not prepared to engage in. What happened to Van Jones is hardly unprecedented in Washington.  Bad associations and dumb remarks have been tripping up political appointees since there have been political appointees.  The real blame here goes to the Obama Administration, who have today admitted hat they did not properly vet Jones -- a process that usually includes questions about potentially embarrassing associations.  If Team Obama had given Jones the same scrutiny they might gave a guy delivering pizzas, they would have spared themselves -- and him -- unnecessary humiliation.

I don't think that what ultimately sunk Van Jones, the trutherism connections, was racist in any conceivable way. On the other hand, the WND coverage of Jones played upon racial fears. Some criticisms of Jones were undoubtedly racist, but it was the 9/11 truther petition that did him in.