Debra J. Saunders

Of course, in the Bay Area, Jones' politics aren't all that unusual. He could easily fit in with the San Francisco Board of Supervisors (which passed a resolution naming a day in Abu-Jamal's honor). But inside the Washington Beltway, only amateurs and extremists believe it is acceptable to assert that the Bushies chose not to prevent the attacks on the twin towers or that Abu-Jamal -- who was found with a gun and a gun-wound to the chest at the scene where Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner was fatally shot in 1981 -- is a political prisoner.

Those who vetted Jones for the Obama administration may not have seen those views as problematic before, but they know better now.

Don't cry for Jones. His co-believers already are framing Jones as a victim and a martyr. No doubt he will become a darling on the far left's speaking circuit. Sooner or later, every ideology gets its very own Miss California.

Debra J. Saunders

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