This man can speak.
Update 3/15/09 from Grist:
Good Job! Speaking of effective spokespeople, the green economy movement has a few. OK, a very few. And one of them is Van Jones. So we're giving a provisional thumbs up to the Obama administration for bringing Jones into the fold. Maybe he can teach them how to talk about this stuff in a way that doesn't sound weasely.
But this thumb can turn to a finger in a heartbeat. (Don't make us!) Jones' primary strength is his ability to communicate and inspire. If the administration puts him at a desk pushing paper, it will have removed one of the movement's few effective voices, for little gain. The Obamans need to use Jones as an evangelist. Take those pinheads Geithner and Orszag off the teevee and put Jones up there, making the case for smart carbon policy in a way that connects beyond the pinhead demographic.
The administration has picked up a bazooka. They better start firing it!