Obama and the New Cronyism

posted at 9:28 am on June 29, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

When Rep. James Clyburn gave his superdelegate endorsement to Barack Obama at the beginning of June, it gave a mild shock, as Clyburn had been insisting on neutrality, despite his supposedly close friendship with Hillary and Bill Clinton.  People assumed that Clyburn wanted to bring an end to a divisive primary, and especially to the ugly racial and gender tension stoked by both candidates.  Clyburn only wanted to get the era of Hope and Change and the New Openness started in Washington, we were supposed to believe.

Yeah, right:

An influential endorsement from Clyburn, a civil rights hero and top member of the House Democratic leadership, would have been welcomed by former President Clinton, who worked closely with him in the 1990s and thought they were close friends.

But the down-South campaigning got a little rough and, as The Ticket noted here, Clyburn didn’t help his old ally. In fact, he started to quietly tilt toward Obama, whom he eventually endorsed after the primary. And Clyburn and the ex-president are not talking much anymore.

Last week, tucked inside a short announcement of White House nominations being sent to the Senate for confirmation was a little-noticed line: “Mignon L. Clyburn, of South Carolina, to be a Member of the Federal Communications Commission for a term of five years.”

Clyburn is the eldest daughter of James Clyburn and a member of South Carolina’s Public Service Commission.

Recall that Obama ran on the campaign pledge to clean up that one-horse town of Washington DC, including the nepotism and influence peddling that locks out talent and fresh ideas.  As Andrew Malcolm notes, the reality is less Utopia and more Chicago Machine.  Obama has made the federal government his personal patronage system, and not for the first time, either.


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She looks like comdian Sykes. The vulgar one that makes Oblahma laugh at crude insults.

seven on June 29, 2009 at 11:20 AM

clears throat.

Let’s review. Obama is a crook and a liar. If his mouth is moving, he is lying. He lies with ease. He lies with moxy. He lies constantly, and never means anything he says. If he says one thing, you automatically know he will do the opposite. Believe nothing he says. He has a very dark agenda, yet sells himself as the smiling nice guy. His outer persona hides an angry, nasty guy with a huge chip on his shoulder. This guy will say and do ANYTHING to accomplish his agenda. He is a consummate liar.

marklmail on June 29, 2009 at 10:51 AM

Yes indeed. I would add consequences be damned.

LSUMama on June 29, 2009 at 11:24 AM

Yeah, and his son is named FatBack. Funny how they think they give their kids a ‘sophisticated’ name when all it does is reinforce the stereotype.

godhelpus on June 29, 2009 at 11:24 AM

Liars lie.

Why is anyone surprised? This liar is taking part in everything he admonished the Washington elite for in his campaign.

We only have the liberals and the wishy washy mentally defunct moderate left wingers and the racist cretins to thank for what’s happening to our country now.

I wish we could brand all their foreheads with a flaming red O.

Spiritk9 on June 29, 2009 at 11:24 AM

2010 lets trash all of the incumbents for some good ole boys that don’t need the money

Col.John Wm. Reed on June 29, 2009 at 11:31 AM

2010 lets trash all of the incumbents for some good ole boys that don’t need the money

Col.John Wm. Reed on June 29, 2009 at 11:31 AM

Add me to the list

izoneguy on June 29, 2009 at 11:54 AM

“Mignon L. Clyburn”

Gird your tenderloins!

DamnCat on June 29, 2009 at 12:03 PM

Yeah, and his son is named FatBack. Funny how they think they give their kids a ’sophisticated’ name when all it does is reinforce the stereotype.

godhelpus on June 29, 2009 at 11:24 AM

Actually, “mignon” is the French word for “cute”, as applied to a man. For a woman, it should be spelled “mignonne” (the feminine form), but Clyburn wasn’t “sophisticated” enough to know that.

Steve Z on June 29, 2009 at 12:16 PM

Obama and the New Cronyism?

Obama’s administration looks like a solid proponent of the “old” cronyism to me.

18-1 on June 29, 2009 at 12:35 PM

Sing along with me !
I dance a little side step.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mNDHTfdn1A

:D

ColdWarrior57 on June 29, 2009 at 12:40 PM

At my previous job, the VP was the trophy wife of the President, and he pretty much let her run the place. Her people skills were horrible…she thought she was such a good manager…but when you have turn over like they do, you have to start looking in the mirror.

I’m with you…I won’t ever work for family members again.

ladyingray on June 29, 2009 at 9:36 AM

Seriously, ladyingray, do we work for the same company? Same deal — wife of boss who commits astounding feats of incompetence and, putting it nicely, is a bitch.

macummings on June 29, 2009 at 1:03 PM

2010 lets trash all of the incumbents for some good ole boys that don’t need the money

Col.John Wm. Reed on June 29, 2009 at 11:31 AM
Add me to the list

izoneguy on June 29, 2009 at 11:54 AM

stacy on June 29, 2009 at 1:04 PM

oooops….meant to finish with add me to the list too!!

stacy on June 29, 2009 at 1:05 PM

I’m not a racist, but I’m not blind either. I take every individual as just that, an individual regardless of race. Unfortunately this doesn’t seem to be the case among most people. Pointing out the overt racism as practiced by what appears to be a majority of minorities in this country is not racist, it’s true. It’s a white thing…you wouldn’t understand.

cjk on June 29, 2009 at 2:09 PM

Actually, “mignon” is the French word for “cute”, as applied to a man. For a woman, it should be spelled “mignonne” (the feminine form), but Clyburn wasn’t “sophisticated” enough to know that.

Steve Z on June 29, 2009 at 12:16 PM

Trust me, Clyburn didn’t name his daughter Mignon because it’s French for “cute”. If he had, it would be spelled properly.

uncivilized on June 29, 2009 at 4:03 PM

Because many recognize Obama as Green, they are considered racist!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

bluegrass on June 30, 2009 at 9:06 AM

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