Deer Park, That's Good Water.. Call Him House Majority Jipped !!
I was taking a trip along Congress.org - the top info directory on Congress, when I came across a most interesting tidbit. The Power Rankings.
They rank all 535 members of the House and Senate, based upon their influence, ability to pass legislation, and a slew of other data. Now, it is pretty standardfor many of them. Speaker Nancy Pelosi is the Top Dog - pun intended. Majority Leader Steny Hoyer is No. 2 , so one would think that Majority Whip Jim Clyburn would be Number 3, right? Not quite. He isn't number 3, or number 4 , or 5, or even Number 10. He's Number 30. Yep, thirty - three zero !!
It might be a bit understandable that he's behind crucial committee chairs like Charlie Rangel, David Obey, Harvey Waxman and John Conyers. After all, Clyburn has never had a chairman or key leaership position on any committee, except for heading the Congressional Black Caucus. But, he beat Rahm Emanuel for the Whip spot last year, and Emanuel is ahead of him (No. 10). He's even behind useless mouthpieces like John Murtha (13th) , Maxine Waters (18th), and my favorite hyphnated Congresswoman, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (24th).
How can a guy whose sole job is to organize the party to unite on their votes, be ranked so low? Well, it looks like his influence is not as high as he would like to believe. It makes sense. After all, the Democrats have been unable to really do much in the 1 1/2 years since they assumed command of the Capitol. It appears that his failure in that job has caused him to drop to a position much lower than he should be.
Knowing Clyburn's lack of experience in actual leadership seems to be showing. How did he get the job then. My guess is that , much like Greg Brady getting the Johnny Bravo gig - he fit the outfit. More bluntly, he fit the Democrats rainbow leadership goal than others who may have done a better job. They had the woman, the white guy, the hispanic, and they needed an African-American to complete the coalition. Clyburn , having more ambition than Lucifer, gladly shopped for and accepted the job.
It was pretty stunning to me to see Jim ranked so low, but Congress.org is an independent group. No doubt Clyburn ranks himself a lot higher than that - but he's always had an exaggerated sense of self. Just another example of him making himslef out to be more important than he actually is.