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Pelosi Makes Up New Job For Jim Clyburn

From the Politico:

Status quo: The Democrats’ new change

By: Jonathan Allen
November 13, 2010

House Democratic leaders maneuvered Saturday to lock down a lineup that would look exactly the same in the minority as it did in the majority, even as junior and disaffected rank-and-file lawmakers clamor for change at the top.

That is ‘hope and change’ for you. It is also the ‘honest leadership and open government’ we were promised.

Outgoing Speaker Nancy Pelosi averted a Wednesday showdown between her top two lieutenants by announcing that she will create a new post for Majority Whip James E. Clyburn (D-S.C.), who was expected to lose a race for minority whip to Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.). Clyburn would become "assistant leader" and would remain the third-ranking person in the Democratic leadership, Pelosi said in a letter to caucus members.

Can a House member just decree that there will be a new position? Where is that in the Constitution? And why should we the taxpayer pay for this made-up position and its lavish perks just to soothe some pampered party hack?

And what has been cut from spending elsewhere to pay for it? (Under PAYGO.)

That may help Pelosi avoid a revolt from black lawmakers anxious to make sure that Clyburn, the highest-ranking African American in Congress, isn’t booted from the leadership or demoted in rank. Moreover, the deal does little to alleviate the frustrations of a scattered but sizable set of junior Democrats who believe Pelosi and her senior allies exercise too much control over caucus structures, including campaign, policy and committee-assignment apparatuses. Those lawmakers are working to rewrite internal rules to take power away from the septuagenarians who run the party.

"You have a bunch of senior citizens at the buffet at closing time, fighting over the last piece of meat," said one veteran Democrat who talked about the "frustration of the younger generation" of talent that’s upset at the prospect of keeping "the status quo." …

Boy, talk about respect. Still, who can deny that the Democrat leadership have earned this kind of respect?

[Congressional Black Caucus] Chairwoman Barbara Lee said in a statement that the group was reserving judgment until Monday on Pelosi’s proposal to make Clyburn assistant leader, though initial reaction was positive

Sure, as long as Mr. Clyburn gets an important sounding title, a corner office and a nice car, everyone will be happy.

But just think, there was a time when blacks were above such obvious ‘tokenism.’

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, November 15th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “Pelosi Makes Up New Job For Jim Clyburn”

  1. Astravogel says:

    Sounds like a Rudolf Hess position. Perhaps
    he’ll steal an aircraft and fly to Venezuela.

  2. proreason says:

    Your mission, should you choose to accept it, will be to be the token Negro on the Dimocratic Leadership Team.

  3. NoNeoCommies says:

    I want one of those phoney baloney jobs!
    It will have to pay a lot in order to assuage my guilt.

  4. Right of the People says:

    Once the Queen Botox loses her plane in January, will she be racking up the frequent flyer miles in coach? I mean how can we expect her to fly with the “common” people and have to be subject to an arbitrary schedule the airlines use. Oh the humanity of it all!

  5. untrainable says:

    “…Driving Miss Pelosi…”
    – Rush Limbaugh

    Prediction confirmed yet again.

  6. JohnMG says:

    Note to Clyburn: What Pelosi has just done to you is the equivalent of picking you last for the softball team at noon recess. You done been “Pelosi-whipped, chump! (Thanks, Steve. I’ve been using that quite a bit since you coined the term) :-}

  7. Liberals Demise says:

    I have to ask the question……”What is Nancys’ infatuation with Mr. Clyburn; sauna boy / Mandingo?”
    She certainly holds this one close to her top button.

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