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Howard Dean Strikes Out in Defending 9/11 Truther Van Jones

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Posted on September 6 2009 4:30 pm
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Comedian Dave Chappelle satirizing Vermont Governor Howard Dean's most famous moment

On Fox News Sunday today former Vermont Governor Howard Dean stepped up to the plate to defend President Barack Obama’s former Green Jobs Czar Van Jones.

Dean’s first argument was a strike:

“This guy’s a Yale-educated lawyer, he’s a bestselling author about his specialty. I think he was brought down.”

And Noam Chomsky‘s a distinguished professor at MIT. People can go to Ivy league schools and still embrace anti-American conspiracy theories and crackpot Marxism. You’re in trouble if the best thing you can say about someone is that they went to an Ivy league school.

Dean’s second argument wasn’t much better. Trying to explain why Jones would sign a 9/11 Truther statement Dean said:

He was told by the people waving those clipboards around that he was signing something else.

He didn’t know what he was signing? What’s next? Was President Clinton told that he was sticking his cigar into something else?

The argument reminds me of the kind of BS excuses I’d hear on the phone when I used to be a debt collector for student loans. People would actually try and argue that they didn’t know what they were signing when they filled out their promissory note. The inability to accept personal responsibility irritated me then and it’s even more frustrating when it comes from “Yale-educated” public servants paid with my tax dollars.

Well, Jones’s debt to America has come due. Those of us in the blogosphere did our due diligence to collect on it. And we got our resolve with his resignation.

And finally, Dean’s strike out:

I don’t think he really thinks the government had anything to do with causing 9/11.

What Dean actually means is “I don’t want him to think the government had anything to do with 9/11 because then it compromises his mission to use the power of the federal government to remake America into a leftist utopia.”

But sorry Dean, face reality: Jones probably does. If he embraces Hurricane Katrina conspiracy theories and cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal conspiracy theories then it’s a pretty safe bet that he’s a Truther.

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