Let us be honest, Jim Clyburn of South Carolina is angry because someone called him out within the Democratic Party.
A few years ago, Clyburn had a chance to become the number two power within the Democratic ranks, right behind Nancy Pelosi. The problem is, Pelosi did not want Clyburn in the number two spot, she wanted her friend Steny Hoyer. They promised Clyburn a new title, a new office and a driver, and he took it.
When I saw that happen even though I am not part of the Democratic Party, I called it out and I have been doing that ever since. I felt that Clyburn took the figurehead position which did not have any power because he was pressured to do so.
Now it seems the chickens are coming home to roost and someone has spoken that scenario and it got back to Clyburn who is now having a hissy fit. I asked Clyburn about his decision so many times on Twitter that he blocked me, so I knew I was barking up the right tree.
Rep. Jim Clyburn of South Carolina on Tuesday accused detractors of using racially-charged “dog whistles” to undermine his bid for the No. 3 slot in House Democratic leadership.
Clyburn, the current assistant Democratic leader and highest ranking black lawmaker in Congress, told McClatchy race was being injected into the competition for House majority whip.
He didn’t offer names.
“I don’t know where it’s all coming from,” Clyburn said in an interview with McClatchy. “But someone came to me over the weekend and told me that (they heard), when I was whip before, I was a figurehead.”
Suggestions that, as the only black member of the leadership team, he was a token and not an effective leader, were tantamount to “the little dog whistles that have been floating around this side for a long time,” Clyburn said.
“What do you mean, I was a figurehead? Nothing could be further from the truth,” he added.
The truth is he is a figurehead. Clyburn has no power. He is not the number one and he is not the number two. Clyburn just has a title and a driver that was created so that they would be no issues when Hoyer became the number two.
Again I am not a Democrat but I watched it materialized a few years ago and I thought it was a very weak move by aging Congressional Black Caucus member. Anybody else probably would have fought Hoyer for that number two position and told Pelosi to stuff her request, except Clyburn.
With Pelosi possibly becoming the Speaker of the House and Hoyer becoming the majority whip, what is Clyburn’s role? Exactly.
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