Pardon my grumblings . . . but . . .
The next thud White House staffers hear will be the administration bus rolling over the political corpse of green jobs czar Van Jones, Jones soon to join a distinguished roster, including Bill Ayers, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Father Pfleger, Tony Rezko, and a an A-list of sundry administration functionaries with legal and I.R.S. problems. For those on the bus, it's becoming a bumpy ride. For those watching it pass by, the reality is beginning to dawn: this is Chicago politics after all, fitted with leftist ideological blinders, and with a disturbing twist of Saul Alinsky's strategic dissembling throw in for good measure.
For those interested in the work of René Girard, it is worth noting that the now all-too-familiar metaphor of throwing politically embarrassing former political allies under the bus is a quintessentially "sacrificial" and "scapegoating" metaphor -- the bus containing the smiling community of those for whom an occasional thud as the bus rolls over the latest disposable former-colleague is a small price to pay for the restoration of political self-righteousness and the cheerful media-led sing-a-longs that keep the passengers from dwelling overlong on less agreeable matters.