I first met Van Jones when he was honored last year by the Campaign for America's Future at their gala dinner. He was being swarmed by all of the liberal institutional elite, who just could not be more full of praise for the impressive environmental leader and prison reform organizer. Everybody wanted Van Jones on their board. Everyone wanted him at their fundraisers. Everyone wanted a piece of his formidable limelight.
You remember all those campaigns by the unions, by the online groups, by liberal economics and finance organizations pushing the Senate to take it up?
Where are they on health care? Why aren't they running ads against the AMA, the hospitals, the insurance industry barons who have $700 million in stock options, PhRMA, the device manufacturers and the White House for doing back room deals with all of the above?
Because they are participating in those deals, instead of trying to destroy them. Well, that and funneling millions of dollars in pass-throughs to their consultant friends that they are supposed to be spending on the health care fight.
Fortunately (or not, depending on your POV) Obama's got three more years to adjust his current course, which is represented by his (in)actions on torture accountability, gay marriage, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, healthcare, climate change, economic and financial policies, and an assortment of other campaign promises on which he is addressing too slowly for Progressives. Are the Jane Hamshers of America too impatient? Time will tell....
(Note: edited 9-14-09)