(UPDATE 09.23.10 at end)
© 2010 jbjd
I had wanted to write an article featuring the role played by House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn (D-SC) in orchestrating the race-baiting campaign that catapulted Obama post Nevada and New Hampshire away from becoming just another also-ran in the Democratic Party’s primary and caucus contests; and into position to steal the nomination. If this was that article I had in mind, I would have opened with this video of Mr. Clyburn’s famous annual fish fry, from April 27, 2007.
But this is not that article. Because before I examined his role in enabling the Obama Presidency and exposed the reasons behind his race-baiting routine, I wanted to introduce the Representative to you through a brief biographical sketch. But getting a handle on the educational background of James E. Clyburn proved so slippery, I decided to tackle the piece I originally had in mind, at another time.
First I read the Biography on his Congressional web site. (I always begin my research with .gov sites since I am paying for these, anyway.) Mr. Clyburn’s official House site contains no reference to the fact he even attended college, let alone that he (09.23.10) obtained a degree.* http://clyburn.house.gov/clyburn-biography.cfm
However, his 2009 “Clyburn for Congress” campaign web site reports, he was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree in History from South Carolina State University (“SCSU”). http://www.clyburnforcongress.com/about-jim-clyburn.cfm
Only another Congressional listing shows he received a Bachelor of Science degree, and it was from South Carolina State College (“SCSC”). http://www.congressmerge.com/onlinedb/cgi-bin/newmemberbio.cgi?lang=&member=SC06&site=congressmerge
Project Vote Smart tells voters the incumbent candidate received a BS in Social Studies from SCSC in 1962 and attended the University of South Carolina Law School from 1972-1974. http://www.votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=H3673103
An AP site repeats he earned a Bachelor’s degree from SCSU but calls it a BA and not a BS; and now claims he actually received a JD (Juris Doctor) from USC! http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/external/pre-election/bios/1414.html?SITE=WSJVTVELN&SECTION=POLITICS&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT
(A Bachelor’s from SCSU and a JD from USC? Well, that would explain this 2007 blurb from The State:
Today, Clyburn will play in the Rudolph Canzater Memorial Classic, a charity event played on five Santee-Cooper courses that honors the memory of his late friend and fellow “golf instigator,” and has raised $370,000 for scholarships to S.C. State and USC, Clyburn’s alma maters.(Emphasis added by jbjd.)
Except that the Clerk of the House, whose web site defines a lawyer as anyone holding a JD, doesn’t list Mr. Clyburn as one of the lawyers in the 111th Congress. http://clerk.house.gov/library/reference-files/RFD_111_Lawyer_Apr.pdf
And his name is not listed among the distinguished SCSU alumni honorees from 1979-2006. http://www.scsu.edu/alumnifriends/distinguishedalumni.aspx
Or in USC’s notable alumni. http://www.mycarolina.org/s/842/twocol.aspx?sid=842&gid=1&pgid=970
But as you will see, while I am completely lost as to who is the real Jim Clyburn – BA or BS; SCSC or SCSU; law school drop-out or JD – I am certain as to the reason he carried out a well-developed plot based in race, to rig Obama’s nomination…
(Note: I want to thank FranSC; Dawn; and azgo for their contributions to this series of articles featuring Jim Clyburn.)
*UPDATE 09.23.10: A reader on NoQuarter pointed out, Clyburn’s House web site does mention, he attended SCSU. GEESH, even I am confused! (Actually, the excerpt was in the background material for the article but I ‘lost’ the note during the transcription.) But here’s the thing. Why do you suppose the Congressperson mentioned on his official House web site he went to school but did not list a degree? I can only conclude, he did not obtain a degree. Because I believe the Congressman. That is, he only claims he is a college graduate on paid campaign advertising but not on his official House web site, where such ‘misstatements’ could trigger an ethics inquiry under the Rules.