Ha, Ha !! You Thought You'd Have a Choice When Jim Retires ........
I thought I had nothing to write about today..... but Jim always gives us something to chat about here. I came across a clip of Clyburn on MSNBC's 'Morning Joe' with Joe Scarborough, and old Jim gave us a doozy of a comment.
They were interviewing him about the Jeremiah Wright - Barack Obama rift, and right off the bat, Jim talks about the progress he has made in his life, and how things need to continue to allow his daughter Mignon to 'take it to the next level'. Now , for those of you who don't get the translation there, we'll spell it out for you. Your next Congressperson will be Clyburn's daughter - you have NO CHOICE.
In case you're unfamiliar with his daughter, here's a brief synapsis of her accomplishments: she graduated college, tried to run a magazine that her daddy bankrolled, before it ultimately failed. then daddy got her a gig on the Public Service Commission at $77,000 annually for an essentially part-time job. Now, she's going to be your next congresswoman. Like we said - you have no choice - it is already bought and ready for shipping.
Like many congressional districts, the child or spouse of the former Congressman takes over, whether they're qualified or not. Clearly, Mignon Clyburn is not qualified to serve in Congress. She has not successfully worked in the real world, and would not be seriously considered for the job if her name were not Clyburn. But she does have her Dad's notorious taste for power.
There is no doubt that this scenario playing out would devastate the 6th District. This reminds me of something that I see in the car business all the time: The Idiot Son/Daughter who takes over the dealership. Dad works hard, is creative, and manages to build a successful business over the course of a few decades - the Junior comes along, takes over, and runs the store into the ground in two years. But they were the most qualified, right? After all, Hunior worked in the parts department in between frat parties while at State.... It's all the same, but instead, you will be stuck with someone in DC who will clearly be in over their head.
To quote the Maitre'd in 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off', "I Weep for the Future". Here's the whole clip.