“Go to your bosom; knock there and ask your heart what it doth know that is like my brother’s fault.”
- Measure for Measure, Act II, Scene ii -
Congressman James Clyburn was asked by MSNBC’s non-partisan Newt-hater, Mika Brzezinski, what he thought of Gingrich’s recent surge in the Republican polls. Clyburn said, with a perfectly straight face, that he doesn’t miss Newt in the house because the ex-speaker will “say anything just to get a charge.”
In a city of teeming with hypocrisy, Clyburn’s charge has to rank at or near the top. Here’s an excerpt of what I wrote about Clyburn in September of 2009 in James Clyburn, Race Hustler:
House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-SC) recently roused House Democrats into reprimanding Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC)for calling President Obama a liar during his healthcare address two weeks ago implying, if not explicitly saying, that Mr. Wilson’s opposition to Obamacare was racially motivated.
I did some research and was able to find three unrelated instances in the last year and a half where Mr. Clyburn had accused members of his own party and members of the Republican party of racism.
From Sean Wilentz of the Huffington Post – April 29, 2008 – James Clyburn happy to play his familar part once more
The latest round of charges about the Clintons have come from a familiar source, Representative James Clyburn of South Carolina, the highest-ranking black leader in Congress. In January, after the Obama campaign suffered stunning defeats in New Hampshire and Nevada, Rep. Clyburn, although nominally uncommitted, joined a chorus of concerted complaint about Hillary Clinton’s supposed denigration of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his contributions to the 1964 Civil Rights Act because of her observation that President Lyndon Johnson had played a crucial part in guiding its passage. (Clinton’s actual remarks, rarely reported, praised King enormously and were historically accurate.)
Hillary is not just any Democrat. She happens to be the wife of the man many blacks considered to be the “first black President.” Obviously a person’s track record of supporting civil rights, affirmative action and other black causes is completely irrelevant to a race-baiter like Clyburn when he’s foaming at the bit.
Think about how silly this is accusation is. I mean, if the Clintons and David Duke are racist, can the word have any meaning at all?
My guess is that Clyburn doesn’t care what the word really means. He calls others “racist” merely to stifle dissent and extort others into supporting his policies. The only important thing about the word for him is that it retains the power to frighten others.
When it loses that power, he and race-traders like him will cease to exploit it.
From Neal Boortz of Boortz Blog - January 13, 2009 – Clyburn uses the race card over earmarks
Let’s set the cast of characters. Mark Sanford is the governor of South Carolina. He is opposed to any sort of bailout for the states. James Clyburn is a Representative from South Carolina. He is the House Democrat Whip, making him the highest ranking black lawmaker in the House. Oh … and Clyburn is a First Class Race Pimp.
So Sanford and Clyburn disagree about what constitutes an earmark. James Clyburn says that any federal money included in the stimulus should be sent back home to lawmakers’ districts. Sanford says that this is the same thing as an earmark, but without calling it an earmark.
Here’s Clyburn’s [thoughtful, fair and intelligent] response:
“[H]e happens to be a millionaire … He may not need help for the plantation his family owns, but the people whose grandparents and great-grandparents worked those plantations need the help in the form of federal money.
For Clyburn, mere disagreement with Obama’s stimulus plan (and thereby with him) means you are ipso facto a vile, racist, slave owner.
When I consider that my hard-earned tax dollars go to pay this serial moron’s salary it makes me want to projectile vomit.
From Jeff Poor of Business and Media Institute – February 20, 2009 – Clyburn: Stimulus Refusal a Slap in the Face of Blacks, Even if Unintentional
Adhering to fiscal conservatism is difficult in this highly charged political environment, especially when opponents are likely to counter your argument with “the race card.”
At a press conference Feb. 19, Rep. James Clyburn, D – S.C., suggested the possibility that some governors may refuse money from the $787-billion stimulus bill that President Barack Obama signed might be for racial reasons.
“It’s kind of interesting, because there’s a colored thread that ran through that,” Clyburn said. “The governor of Louisiana expressed opposition. Louisiana has the highest African-American population in the country. The governor of Mississippi expressed opposition. The governor of Texas and the governor of South Carolina – these four governors represent states that are in the proverbial black belt. I was particularly insulted by that.”
Mr. Clyburn is actually saying with a straight face that these governors want to hurt their constituents (and thereby lose votes?) merely for the sake of expressing their inner loathing of black people.
That Mr. Clyburn is even capable of uttering such an absurdity is proof that he is either militantly stupid or has balls with the word Brunswick written on them.
Whenever you hear James Clyburn accuse a white politician with whom he ideologically differs of being a racist, assume that Clyburn has plum run out of arguments. In other words, support the other guy - not because he’s white, but because Clyburn is a hypocrite who apparently doesn’t own a mirror.