Incoming White House senior advisor John Podesta’s supposed apology for his statement comparing House Republicans to the cult led by Jim Jones – who poisoned hundreds of his rabid followers with cyanide in Guyana in 1978 – suggests we’re in for yet more truth shading from the Obama White House.
“They need to focus on executive action given that they are facing a second term against a cult worthy of Jonestown in charge of one of the houses of Congress,” Podesta said of Obama’s advisors in an piece published in Politico today.
What’s the big surprise here? We already know that Podesta is a brutal partisan who will do whatever it takes to advance Obama’s agenda, and that his appointment was made to reduce cooperation with Republicans and help Obama rule by fiat from the White House.
Caught expressing a view common among Obama insiders – and Democrats in general – Podesta today issued a fake apology via Twitter:
Let’s break this nonsense down.
My snark got in front of my judgment. Notice he doesn’t say the statement was incorrect. He laments his “judgment,” which could easily refer to his judgment in saying something insulting out loud that he nevertheless believes.
I apologize to Speaker Boehner, whom I have always respected. So? Boehner is not considered by Democrats to be among the GOP jihadists. They think he’s trying to control the crazy people in his caucus. By apologizing to Boehner, Podesta is pointedly NOT apologizing to the conservatives he meant in his original insult.
Podesta, an old Washington hand, knew exactly what he was doing with this “apology.” It’s deceitful, and it’s the kind of stuff we can expect this White House to continue to disgorge once Podesta arrives.