"The rumblings in the blogosphere tell me Valerie Jarrett
Is fast becoming a liability. She could soon be the next
Van Jones" – NetRightNation.com Exec. Dir. Adam Bitely
New StopJarrett.com Website Draws NRN Record Hits
Nov. 3, 2009, Fairfax, VA – Conservative bloggers nationwide have begun turning their attention to top Obama aide Valerie Jarrett in recent days in what one top blogging expert says, "could send shock waves through the entire Obama Administration."
According to Adam Bitely, Executive Director of NetRightNation.com, which tracks blogging trends in its daily publication, The Overnights, "I have rarely seen the kind of fire building in the hinterlands that I am now seeing over Valerie Jarrett. I'm not sure what set it off – though I know Michelle Malkin has hit the issue several times – but I do know that the rumblings in the blogosphere tell me that Valerie Jarrett is fast becoming a liability."
"She could soon be the next Van Jones," adds Bitely.
Bitely says he first started noticing the "rumblings" in late October, when bloggers began asking probing questions about the Obama confident the President has described as being "like a sibling to me." Since then, the number of blogs – and the disclosures about what bloggers consider Jarrett's questionable background and tactics – have begun to multiply.
Jarrett's title is the bureaucratic sounding "Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Liaison." But, long-time political observers contend that there is little bureaucratic about the White House insider's ability to cut through the red tape and quickly get what she and the President want.
According to Obama's top South Carolina political director in the 2008 campaign, "If you want something done, there are two people he's not going to say no to: Valerie Jarrett and Michelle Obama."
While this may have escaped some in the mainstream media, Bitely says it is becoming abundantly apparent to conservative bloggers nationwide, who have carefully amassed a wide range of controversial material about the top advisor. And they are sounding the alarm over what they consider Jarrett's wheeling-dealing and radical mindset.
"Oddly enough, what seems to have triggered the onslaught is a Boston Globe video from way back in June of 2008," Bitely says. "That most recently resurfaced in the blogosphere about a week or so ago, and since then, what started as a trickle has become a torrent."
The Globe video, entitled "Presidential Hopeful. Residents' Complaints," depicted squalid conditions at Chicago's Grove Parc Plaza low-income housing development, including: collapsed roofs and fire damage, mice scampering through the halls and apartments, broken windows and doors, and sewage backing up into kitchen sinks. According to the video, Jarrett was the CEO of the government-funded private company, The Habitat Company, which received millions of dollars to manage the development.
"The video is stark," explained Bitely, "and it apparently opened a lot of bloggers' eyes to the type of activities in which Ms. Jarrett has long been involved. Then, as they started putting the pieces together, an even more sordid image emerged. Those pieces, according to Bitely, included:
- According to American Spectator author, The Prowler, Jarrett was the driving force behind many of the more radical Obama Administration appointments, including Van Jones, Cass Sunstein, and FCC Czar Mark Lloyd.
- According to FrontPage.com's American Daughter blog, Jarrett recently orchestrated an August 10 White House conference call in order to use the federally funded National Endowment of the Arts artists to recruit artists to promote the Administration's political agenda.
- According to Michelle Malkin's blog, Jarrett used her position at the White House to promote the ill-fated Chicago Olympics bid in order to use the Olympics to pay off Chicago political cronies who had donated to Democrat causes.
All of this, says Bitely, is just the tip of the iceberg in what he describes as a "growing crescendo of blogosphere revelations." He says that the conservative blogosphere is now pulling material from a wide variety of sources, like Glenn Beck, the New York Times, and other lesser known media, that in the past have touched on one aspect of the Jarrett saga and then moved on.
"This is bad news for Obama, Jarrett, and the Democrats," says Bitely. "Bloggers are now bringing all the material together. The picture that is emerging could trigger a major scandal in the Oval Office. We're collecting it all at StopJarrett.com, and it is growing at a rapid pace every single day."