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Conceding nothing to Glenn Beck, the resignation of Van Jones as White House special adviser on green jobs, enterprise and innovation may actually turn out to be the best and greenest decision of all. Never mind that Beck and other right-wing blowhards such as Newt Gingrich and Rush Limbaugh will continue to go head-hunting for liberal appointees of President Barack Obama; they were and are going to do that anyway. Make no mistake, I believe that Beck’s smearing of Jones was inspired by racism and a fear of black people in power, but whether Jones was right or wrong to sign the petition asking for an investigation into the 9/11 attacks (a petition that seemed to suggest the Bush administration was complicit in those attacks), or whether he was scandalously offensive in calling Republicans “a**holes” are all moot debates now. What matters is if there is any value for progressives in Jones’ resignation. The prospects of a post-Jones White House signals yes.

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