U.S. House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn took his “Poverty Pimpin'” on the road to Charleston, S.C. last weekend, giving the commencement address to 136 graduates of the much-maligned Charleston School of Law.
From the AP:
U.S. House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn told graduates at the Charleston School of Law to not be afraid to fail.
The Democrat told the more than 130 graduates Saturday that he lost his first three bids for elected office before winning his U.S. House seat in 1992.
Hmmm … if we’re not mistaken, 1992 was the first election after the Supreme Court mandated that South Carolina create a majority-black U.S House District. Which it did.
So basically, what Clyburn is saying is “if at first you don’t succeed, wait until somebody changes the rules.”
Needless to say, the irony of Clyburn making such a pronouncement at the Charleston School of Law – which has benefited in the past from some Court-mandated “line redrawing” – strikes us as pretty thick.