UPDATE:  Van Jones resigns today (9/5).  Obama jettisons one more “distraction.”

Kit Bond, sensing blood in the water,  has joined the hue and cry raised by conservative talk show hosts over the alleged involvement of a top Obama official with the so-called “Truther” movement, which holds the Bush administration responsible for 9/11. Bond, is calling for an investigation of Van Jones’ fitness to serve as Special Advisor for Green Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation at the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ):

… “Today, news outlets are reporting that Van Jones signed a petition from the so-called ‘Truther’ movement which suggests that the Bush administration ‘may indeed have deliberately allowed 9/11 to happen, perhaps as a pretext to war.’  I can imagine few sentiments more repulsive to our brave fighting soldiers and the victims of the 9/11 terror tragedy than to think the U.S. government deliberately allowed the events of 9/11 to occur.

Nor does it seem that the already bloodied Obama administration can necessarily be counted on to come to Jones’ defense although he has publically disavowed Truther sympathies:

“I do not agree with this statement and it certainly does not reflect my views now or ever,” Jones said in the statement.

Too bad the Obama folks don’t seem to have the stomach to stand up to the never-ending stream of accusations from the fringer chorus and their Republican congressional enablers. If they want to know how to do it, this comment on Bond’s statement that there are “few sentiments more repulsive … than to think the U.S. government deliberately allowed the events of 9/11 to occur,” effectively expresses the contempt that such hypocritical invective deserves:

How about this repulsive thought, “President Obama wants to kill your grandmother!”

Senator Bond, have you disavowed your wing of the Republican party that has been repulsively calling President Obama a “baby killer,” a “Goebbels” and a “Mengele?”