by AARON KRAGER
|“We have to give the American people a|
coherent alternative,” Van Jones says. “The
America we thought we were voting for in
2008.” (Photo by: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
You were demonized by the right and forced out of your job. Do you think progressives should use similar tactics (with the truth, rather than lies) against conservatives?
I think that we should be willing to tell the truth with the same audacity that they are willing to tell their lies. That said, I don’t think we are ever going to out-ugly our opponents. I think that what we need is a tough-minded idealist—a Bobby Kennedy. Somebody who won’t back down from a fight but who is clearly motivated by higher ideals than just being in the fight.