Rep Jim Clyburn has taken some grief by noting when asked about John (Drop my Trow) Conyers that unlike a Matt Lauer or a Harvey Weinstein, they were elected and thus put there by the people and I had some fun teasing Ana Navarro when she lamented the fact that while many in the News and entertainment industry are out, pols she dislikes (Trump, Moore and Clyburn) are still either in office or running for one.

Ironically both Navarro & Clyburn are half right there seems to be a different standard for pols but that standard is different because their bosses aren’t a single board that can act at any time but the voters who only get to make a call every two to four years and thus only express their will at that time, except in extraordinary circumstances.

Yet unless if voters had no idea about this kind of thing going on or allegations of same then they didn’t make an informed choice.  This is exactly the situation with Senator Franken and Rep Conyers.

Fortunately there is an easy solution , if they maintain (as does Rep Conyers) that allegations are false or have expressed contrition (as does Senator Franken) the thing to do is resign AND run in the special election that follows.

By doing this they give the voters the chance to make an informed decision and decide if:

  1.  They think the charges are true and want him out
  2.  They think the charges are true but, for whatever reason think they’re not disqualifying
  3.  They’re unsure about the charges but prefer a change
  4.  They’re unsure about the charges but prefer to stand pat
  5.  They think the charges are false but prefer a change
  6.  They think the charges are false and are sticking with their guy.

Ironically this is exactly the position that both President Trump and Judge Roy Moore were put in. Unlike Franken and Conyers who as liberals were protected with all their might by the press, because of the “R” next to their names that same media made sure that voters were intimately acquainted with allegations against President Trump and Roy Moore come election time.

In the case of President Trump either rejected the charges as partisan BS (like me) or decided that Felonia Von Paintsuit was such a danger to the country that she must be stopped (like many others) and elected him anyways over Ana Navarro’s objections.

In Alabama voters are going to get that same chance with Roy Moore, if potential Moore voters think the accusations as they stand are disqualifying (I don’t as I’ve already explained here) or that Moore is lying and choose to reject him they can do so, but if they think the charges are either false, unproven, not disqualifying, or a political hit they can reject them and choose to elect him over Ana Navarro’s objections.

I think the voters they represent deserve that same chance, not only on Franken and Conyers, but on every single congressman who had a settlement paid by taxpayer funds for harassment. They should be exposed at once, resign and if they think they still deserve their seat run for it and make their best case to the voters they represent.

That way like NBC or Miramax or PBS those in charge are in a position to make an informed decision without waiting for November in an even-numbered year and if Jim Clyburn or Ana Navarro or even I don’t like that decision, well that’s just too bad because the call and the responsibility isn’t ours it’s theirs.

I guess we can conclude that Nancy Pelosi’s attempt to pacify James Clyburn did not work:

The Congressional Black Caucus has decided to withhold its approval for the House Democratic leadership team, denying Speaker Nancy Pelosi full support of the 42-member organization as she campaigns to remain leader.

After a nearly two hour long meeting on Monday night, chairwoman Barbara Lee of California said the group only will endorse caucus member James Clyburn of South Carolina for a leadership position. The causus first wants to know what his role will be in the Democratic leadership before backing the full slate.

I guess they want to see the walking around money before they vote.

Live by the special interest, die by the special interest.

Nancy Pelosi seeing the fight between Jim Clyburn and Steny Hoyer for Minority Whip has demonstrated the ability she showed all during her time as speaker to make the tough decisions to solve problems.

In a statement released late Friday night, Pelosi signaled an end to the ongoing battle between Clyburn and Democratic Leader Steny Hoyer (Md.) to be the next House Minority Whip — the second-ranking leadership position in the minority.

“Should I receive the honor of serving as House Democratic Leader, I will nominate Congressman Jim Clyburn of South Carolina to the number three leadership position,” Pelosi said in a statement sent to reporters at 11:01pm.

Number 3 position? She is not bumping John Larson as caucus chairman so what exactly is this #3 position that I’ve never heard of. What does it do? I’m sure Politico can tell us

Clyburn’s title and responsibilities were not specified in the announcement from Pelosi’s office, and Democratic leadership aides scrambled to explain the deal to reporters.

So let me get this straight. The Democratic Party faced with making an actual decision between two presumably qualified candidates for

South Park has the Democratic leadership pegged
the job that Jim Clyburn (who happens to be black) currently holds have agreed to put Steny Hoyer (who happens to be white) in Mr. Clyburn’s job and to invent a job, presumably with staff and offices paid via government funds, with no title and no specific duties for Jim Clyburn.

Who said that democrats didn’t know how to create or save jobs?

Hmmm let’s think about this, a totally unneeded job suddenly created for a member of a racial minority to avoid a conflict in an organization. What is the word that people have for a person who gets such a job for the sake of appearances. Oh I know, TOKEN.

I guess self-respect doesn’t come into play when power is involved.

Update: Separate but Equal? OUCH!

Bob Schieffer just asked Clyburn if he goes higher in the leadership with Pelosi will it make the Democratic Party in the house more liberal.

Clyburn said he defied labels pointing out that he campaigned in more bluedog districts than progressive ones and said people are calling him liberal based on the color of his skin.

I guess no fact and no election will allow some people to drop the race card, let me educate the congressman (who knows these things but is spinning)

1. He was invited to more blue dog districts because those were the seats in danger.

2. He was invited to those seats to energize the black vote that is totally de-energized, so if anyone was basing their judgment of him based on skin color it was his fellow blue dogs.

3. To say in one breath that he is not liberal and then defend health coverage as a fundamental right can only be done when you have a safe seat and an interviewer who will not challenge him.

Let’s be blunt, he owes his election to the fact the district is majority minority (Whites only make up 40% of the electorate) and has the largest percentage of blacks, who vote monolithic democrat, in the state.

No wonder he plays the race card even here. Without that card ironically played by the Republicans in the statehouse to concentrate the black vote as much as possible, he likely doesn’t have the power he holds today.

What a joke.