Way to empower uber-racist Glenn Beck, Mr. President. You don't really think he's going to stop with Van Jones, do you? Because if you do, you might as well kiss the rest of your staff good bye.
The AP reports that after weeks of constant attacks by the right wing, Van Jones has resigned as Special Advisor for Green Jobs at the Council on Environmental Quality. Below is the letter he sent to chair Nancy Sutley:
I am resigning my post at the Council on Environmental Quality, effective today.
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.
I have been inundated with calls - from across the political spectrum - urging me to “stay and fight.”
But I came here to fight for others, not for myself. I cannot in good conscience ask my colleagues to expend precious time and energy defending or explaining my past. We need all hands on deck, fighting for the future.
It has been a great honor to serve my country and my President in this capacity. I thank everyone who has offered support and encouragement. I am proud to have been able to make a contribution to the clean energy future. I will continue to do so, in the months and years ahead.
Once again, the White House throws progressives under the bus simply because it's politically expedient. Since Beck first started his rabid . . . and totally bullshit . . . campaign against Jones three weeks ago, he's lost 57 advertisers to Color of Change's boycott. And the White House, instead of seeing this as progress against the institutional racism that still seethes under the surface of this country, turns tail and runs. Nice.
Pareene sums up Jones' career and the subsequent right-wing hissy kabuki.