Who knew the CBC and Clyburn could be bought off so easily.
The exact responsibilities of the post of "assistant leader" -- not to mention its staffing, funding and office allocations -- remain murky, but two high-ranking CBC members said they are satisfied that the position is suitable for Clyburn, who is the highest-ranking African American in Congress.
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) said it will include duties as a liaison to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and to the House Appropriations Committee, where Clyburn served before entering House leadership. Clyburn is currently the majority whip, but when the new post was announced by Pelosi, he abandoned a bid to fight Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) for the minority whip position when Republicans take control of the House in January.
As Hot Air points out.
That’s it? Clyburn gets to act as liaison to the DCCC and Appropriations? The DCCC has been until now run by Chris Van Hollen, one of Pelosi’s close lieutenants in a position that is itself the fifth-ranking leadership position in the caucus. Van Hollen will likely be replaced, but apparently not by Clyburn, who won’t even have that much authority over its actions. He’ll just liaise on Pelosi’s behalf.
The relationship with Appropriations is even more threadbare than his liaison to the DCCC. Appropriations is a full House committee, not a Democratic caucus, and Clyburn will be at best just another member (if he even gets assigned to the committee). In the next session of Congress, Democrats won’t control any committees; Republicans will set the agenda in the House, especially on spending. What kind of power will Clyburn wield over its direction, given that he will only be liaising for Pelosi to the Democratic minority?
It’s a make-work position, nothing more. It’s a bid by Pelosi to keep the CBC from challenging her grip on power by ensuring a soft spot for Clyburn.