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January 13, 2009

Black Democrat House Whip James Clyburn Places Race Card

One thing that has been apparent for the past year or so is the increasing ability of Democrats and their sycophants to play the race card and get away with it. The latest example of this is reported on by the Wall Street Journal's John Fund in today's Political Diary (subscription required):

Mark Sanford, South Carolina's GOP governor, is having a smackdown with House Democratic Whip James Clyburn over the need for oodles of more federal spending for their state.

The dispute began after Governor Sanford wrote in the Wall Street Journal that he feared the stimulus package being assembled on Capitol Hill would be stuffed with pork. Mr. Clyburn responded by telling the newspaper Roll Call that he favored having federal money bypass governors' offices such as Mr. Sanford's and go directly to the home districts of members of Congress. Mr. Sanford answered by suggesting the Clyburn proposal was merely a way of preserving pork barrel spending "under a growing Christmas tree of earmarks."

Those comments, in turn, stirred the House Democratic leader to say that Mr. Sanford "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" of the federal government.

Governor Sanford thinks those comments went over the line. "It steps way past not only the truth but any kind of rational explanation of the earmarks [that Mr. Clyburn] is in favor of," he told The Hill newspaper. "You're playing the race card as your way of trying to defend stimulus packages and deficit spending out of Washington, D.C."

Mr. Sanford says the federal spending supported by Mr. Clyburn is anything but free. "The people who will be disproportionately hurt [by the economic damage from excessive deficit spending] are mid-income and low-income people," the governor claimed, saying Mr. Clyburn was "ripping off the very grandparents and grandkids he alleges to support. . . . A deficit is a future tax."

In scoring the exchange, Mr. Sanford wins when it comes to rational argument but points go to Mr. Clyburn for the most clever playing of the race card since, well, Roland Burris trumped Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid last week even while denying he had played the card. Everyone knows that it was Democratic fear of being branded as resistant to a black Senator's appointment that prompted Democrats to cave and allow the Blagojevich appointee to be seated later this week.

Rep. Clyburn is black, by the way.

Expect to see much more of this during the Obama Presidency. Not only will absurdly racist statements such as this by the intellectually and allegorically challenged Rep. Clyburn be both commonplace and allowed to take place unchallenged by the drive-by media, but any criticism of anyone black, especially Obama and any minority member of the Democratic leadership, will be deemed racist.

Welcome to Obama Nation!