Skip to comments.Racial undertones haunt battle for House Democrats' No. 2 post
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.
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“They can come along for the ride, but they will have to sit in the back.” - Obama
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.
You truly believe any of these Democrats are of good character? Color perhaps is the only viable consideration.
Democrats are all racist, who’d a thunk it.
What difference does it make who is running the Democrat party? They are all communists, regardless of skin color.
The priority of the National Black Caucus is obvious.
Some communists are more equal than other communists, especially if they have ancestors that became shark bait on the trip over.
Rearranging deck chairs.....
Just keep the witch in charge.
We’ve always known Jim Clyburn is a racist.
Notice how dems talk a good game about inclusion, but when it gets to nut-cutting time, they go tribal.
Welcome to Obama’s “Post-Racial America”, where race proudly trumps all other considerations in public matters; including intellect, ability, experience and judgment.
Looking forward to Barbara Lee extending open arms to Allen West.
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.
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.
It’s the white socialists who are the racists.
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.
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?
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.
Pass the popcorn please.
I didn't say that. :)
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.
Hoyer's about as convivial as a rattlesnake.
During a recent debate, Hoyer punched his opponent Charles Lollar - not once, but twice !