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Racial undertones haunt battle for House Democrats' No. 2 post
McClatchy Newspapers ^ | 11-9-10 | James Rosen and David Lightman

Posted on 11/09/2010 5:53:49 AM PST by WOBBLY BOB

WASHINGTON — 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.

Thirty House Democrats — none of them black — sent colleagues their own letter soliciting support for Hoyer, who has served in Congress for three decades.

The internal leadership contest between Hoyer, a convivial lawmaker from Maryland, and Clyburn, a South Carolinian who is the highest-ranking black member of Congress, was sparked by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's decision to seek the House minority leader job in the new Congress. Because her party will no longer be in the majority in January, she'll lose her speaker's position.

"With our country and our party at a crossroads, it is important that we have a leadership team in place that recognizes the strength and diversity of the Democratic caucus," Lee wrote in her appeal for Clyburn.

The 30 Hoyer supporters include seven Hispanic members.

"You may find the politics of race dictates a lot of what happens," Michael Franc, an analyst at the Heritage Foundation think tank in Washington, said.

(Excerpt) Read more at twincities.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: democrats; election; house; race; racial

1 posted on 11/09/2010 5:53:52 AM PST by WOBBLY BOB
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To: WOBBLY BOB

“They can come along for the ride, but they will have to sit in the back.” - Obama


2 posted on 11/09/2010 5:56:40 AM PST by stocksthatgoup
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To: WOBBLY BOB

MLK’s dream has been shattered by the libs. They’re still judging based on the color of skin and not the content of character.


3 posted on 11/09/2010 5:56:50 AM PST by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: MEGoody

You truly believe any of these Democrats are of good character? Color perhaps is the only viable consideration.


4 posted on 11/09/2010 5:58:56 AM PST by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR PRESIDENT!)
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To: stocksthatgoup

Democrats are all racist, who’d a thunk it.


5 posted on 11/09/2010 5:59:17 AM PST by muddler (Diligentia, Vis and Celeritas)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

What difference does it make who is running the Democrat party? They are all communists, regardless of skin color.


6 posted on 11/09/2010 6:00:44 AM PST by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

The priority of the National Black Caucus is obvious.


7 posted on 11/09/2010 6:02:46 AM PST by ladyjane
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To: pnh102

Some communists are more equal than other communists, especially if they have ancestors that became shark bait on the trip over.


8 posted on 11/09/2010 6:03:01 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Rearranging deck chairs.....

Just keep the witch in charge.


9 posted on 11/09/2010 6:05:56 AM PST by Seruzawa (If you agree with the French raise your hand - If you are French raise both hands.)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

We’ve always known Jim Clyburn is a racist.


10 posted on 11/09/2010 6:11:18 AM PST by Finop (Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Notice how dems talk a good game about inclusion, but when it gets to nut-cutting time, they go tribal.


11 posted on 11/09/2010 6:11:38 AM PST by ScottinVA (The West needs to act NOW to aggressively treat its metastasizing islaminoma!)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Welcome to Obama’s “Post-Racial America”, where race proudly trumps all other considerations in public matters; including intellect, ability, experience and judgment.


13 posted on 11/09/2010 6:18:32 AM PST by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Looking forward to Barbara Lee extending open arms to Allen West.


14 posted on 11/09/2010 6:26:05 AM PST by C210N (0bama, Making the US safe for Global Marxism)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Starting with LBJ every one of our high level political leaders has perverted our culture to discriminate in favor of blacks. Blacks have been taught that their skin color trumps everything else.

The Pavlovian conditioning is now essentially complete and it is a rare black (or “Progressive”) who can make an honest judgement call where blacks are concerned.


15 posted on 11/09/2010 6:26:33 AM PST by Iron Munro (Buy Ammo, Food and TP - You cannot consume what no one has produced.)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Go, Dems, go. Tear yourselves up bickering amongst yourselves. In the meantime, Republicans will be leading the nation out of the gargantuan hole you’ve dug.


16 posted on 11/09/2010 6:42:07 AM PST by DrC
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To: Finop

It’s the white socialists who are the racists.


17 posted on 11/09/2010 6:57:33 AM PST by SeaHawkFan
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To: SeaHawkFan

Yep! I was wondering how long it would take for all of the rules, regulations, quotas and goals to get caught in their own racist trap. This should get interesting.


18 posted on 11/09/2010 7:18:32 AM PST by MotherRedDog
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To: SeaHawkFan
“We’ve always known Jim Clyburn is a racist.”

http://blog.pappastax.com/index.php/2009/09/20/jim-clyburn-race-hustler/

http://datechguy.wordpress.com/2010/11/07/did-i-just-hear-james-clyburn-suggest-thats-its-racist-to-call-him-liberal/

http://michellemalkin.com/2010/03/25/clyburn/

So pardon my earlier faux pas... Lets give credit where credit is due... We've always known Jim Clyburn is a “professional” racist. Any questions?

19 posted on 11/09/2010 7:42:39 AM PST by Finop (Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.)
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To: muddler

Dems ARE racist. Try L.A. where honestly, it’s a segregated city. Whites talk with whites, etc. These same ole white Dems on the other hand, claim to be for multiculturalism but they do NOT have a single non-white friend in their circle.


20 posted on 11/09/2010 8:10:02 AM PST by max americana (Hoax and Chains, Dopeychangey)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Pass the popcorn please.


21 posted on 11/09/2010 8:15:21 AM PST by Ronald_Magnus
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To: SatinDoll
You truly believe any of these Democrats are of good character?

I didn't say that. :)

22 posted on 11/09/2010 9:21:37 AM PST by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Democrat party unity,who said a few years ago he would be serving us coffee?.

Democrats and MSM are the first to call Republicans racist.


23 posted on 11/09/2010 9:36:45 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: WOBBLY BOB
The internal leadership contest between Hoyer, a convivial lawmaker from Maryland...

Hoyer's about as convivial as a rattlesnake.

During a recent debate, Hoyer punched his opponent Charles Lollar - not once, but twice !

24 posted on 11/09/2010 12:06:53 PM PST by jimt
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