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(The Grio) — For a time, it looked like the debt “super committee” wouldn’t exactly be super-diverse. As the names began to surface for the Democratic and Republican lawmakers who will be part of the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction, called for in the compromise legislation that raised the debt ceiling, it became increasingly obvious that the committee did not look like America. By Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner, picks had surfaced: Democratic Senators Patty Murray of Washington (who will serve as co-chair), John Kerry of Massachusetts and Max Baucus of Montana, Republican Jon Kyl of Arizona, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania (former head of the anti-tax Club for Growth) and Rob Portman of Ohio; and House Republicans Dave Camp (the House ways and means chairman) and Fred Upton Michigan and Jeb Hensarling of Texas. Those picks certainly represent a geographic cross-section of the country — but not a demographic one.
Seventy-year old Democratic Leader James Clyburn has seen a lot of racism in politics. But even though he barely uses the word, he’s fighting accusations that he blamed racism for most of President Barack Obama’s problems.
BlackAmericaWeb reports that last week, a news article in The State newspaper of Columbia, South Carolina set off a “firestorm” because it claimed that Clyburn, the highest ranking black in Congress, blamed most of President Barack Obama’s political problems on racism. The State posted a letter on their opinion webpage Monday with Clyburn’s response to the news article. In it, Clyburn said that he “never uses the word,” as he believes it is “lethal” and was offended that a reporter would twist his words in such a way.
However, the post didn’t deny that Clyburn believes “the president’s problems are in large measure because of his skin color.”
“When he sees his face put on a chimpanzee’s body, do you think he doesn’t see that?” Clyburn said, referring to an email created by Marilyn Davenport from California’s Orange County Republican Central Committee.
While Clyburn insists race is a factor and an issue the nation must not shy away from addressing, he notes that it is not the only issue that defines Obama.
Though White House officials seldom address the topic of race, Clyburn’s comments may be the strongest proclamation made by a black elected official about the impact of race on Obama’s presidency.
(McClatchy Newspapers) — House Assistant Democratic Leader Jim Clyburn, the highest-ranking African-American in Congress, on Wednesday blamed most of President Barack Obama’s political problems on racism. Clyburn, who’s from South Carolina and is a close ally of the president, offered his views in response to a question about Obama’s re-election prospects next year. “I think they’re improving every day,” Clyburn said. “I think the president has been a good president, a great commander in chief.” Clyburn, who met his wife at a 1960 court hearing after spending a night in jail for having engaged in a civil rights protest in Orangeburg, S.C., then brought up Obama’s race as the first black president.
(Washington Post) — As Rep. James E. Clyburn settles behind his desk on the first floor of the Capitol, the view behind him — of the office buildings across Independence Avenue — is less than commanding. His office is high-ceilinged but narrow, and the walls are bare. Multiple aides are crammed into an adjoining room. It’s a far cry from the spacious third-floor suite the South Carolina lawmaker occupied when he served as majority whip. But now that Democrats have been relegated to the minority, Clyburn is fortunate just to have an office in the Capitol and, more importantly, a place at the leadership table.
After their electoral drubbing in November, House Democratic leaders played an unusual game of musical chairs in which, rather than leave someone standing, they simply decided to add another seat. Thus was born Clyburn’s current title — assistant Democratic leader. The post was created after it became clear that Clyburn couldn’t beat Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (Md.) for the minority whip position, but he also didn’t want to unseat either of the two men below him on the leadership ladder: Democratic Caucus Chairman John B. Larson (Conn.) and Caucus Vice Chairman Xavier Becerra (Calif.)
(AP) – The top-ranking African-American in Congress called on President Barack Obama Friday to sharpen his focus on hard-hit minority communities in his plans for bolstering the economy. Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., said the recession has devastated communities of color, leaving them with extraordinarily high unemployment rates. He said previous government recovery programs have left minorities behind and called on Obama to broadly incorporate a so-called “10-20-30” policy directing at least 10 percent of any recovery efforts into communities with 20 percent poverty rates for 30 years.
(Washington Post) — After a meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, representatives of theCongressional Black Caucusindicated that they are inclined to support her plan to maintain her position. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) said he is satisfied that Minority Whip James E. Clyburn (S.C.), who will take the title “assistant leader” when Democrats become the minority in the next Congress, will continue to play a substantive role in the party’s leadership. Describing Clyburn’s job, Cleaver said “this is not a black position. Jim Clyburn is not put in this position to represent the CBC.”
(NPR) — On the eve of House Democrats’ vote Wednesday on whether to keep Speaker Nancy Pelosi as their leader in the next Congress, the Congressional Black Caucus is still threatening to block her path unless she takes care of one of their own. House Democratic leaders have yet to satisfy the demands of African-American lawmakers that Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina be given real authority as the third-ranking Democrat under Pelosi once the party returns to the minority in January. Some caucus members have suggested that they might side with moderate Democrats in a vote to restrict Pelosi’s power if she doesn’t clearly define the proposed role she has created for Clyburn, the highest-ranking African-American lawmaker in Congress.
(CNN) — The Congressional Black Caucus has decided to withhold its approval for the House Democratic leadership team, denying Speaker Nancy Pelosi full support of the 42-member organization as she campaigns to remain leader. After a nearly two hour long meeting on Monday night, chairwoman Barbara Lee of California said the group only will endorse caucus member James Clyburn of South Carolina for a leadership position. The causus first wants to know what his role will be in the Democratic leadership before backing the full slate.
(News One) — The founder of Black Entertainment Television is warning Democrats that pushing Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) out of leadership means losing black voters. Robert L. Johnson sent a letter to the House leadership and the Congressional Black Caucus underscoring why Clyburn should be whip over House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.). To be clear, Johnson has no vote, and this leadership position will be determined by private ballot in a closed Democratic caucus meeting. But the Johnson letter seems to be more of a public relations effort on Clyburn’s behalf.
(Bellingham Herald) –The battle over who will be the No. 2 leader of weakened House Democrats in the next Congress took on racial overtones Monday as Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, who is white, and Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, who is black, battled for supporters. Rep. Barbara Lee of California, who chairs the 41-member Congressional Black Caucus, told colleagues in a letter that it’s important to keep an African-American on the party’s House leadership team. Rep. Bobby Rush, an Illinois African-American, sent a separate letter backing Clyburn for the post.