(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.*

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”).

Only another Congressional listing shows he received a Bachelor of Science degree, and it was from South Carolina State College (“SCSC”).

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.

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!

(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.)

Read more:

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.

And his name is not listed among the distinguished SCSU alumni honorees from 1979-2006.

Or in USC’s notable alumni.

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.



Campaign literature 2009 “Clyburn for Congress” says SCSU Bachelor’s Degree History.  Says, first won election after “reapportionment.”


  1. Michelle says:

    Another amazing article. They have so many lies going on they are having a hard time keeping them straight. Lies, cover-ups, pay-offs, phony degrees. No wonder I’m dizzy.

    Michelle: Thank you; but wait till you see the real piece I wanted to write! This video I found is incredible. In April 2007 Jim Clyburn is effectively announcing his support for Obama, a full 9 (nine) months before the SC primary. And he is framing that support in terms of race. I hope this video goes viral. As for Mr. Clyburn’s dubious background, well, it’s all there, in black and white, isn’t it. ADMINISTRATOR

  2. Michelle says:

    jbjd-they are unreal, your article reminded me of Mr. Hastings charming statements.
    “but wait till you see the real piece I wanted to write!” As usual, can’t wait.
    There ain’t no rules here, we’re trying to accomplish something. . . .All this talk about rules. . . .When the deal goes down . . . we make ‘em up as we go along.
    I’d say this video is “unbelievable,” but it’s not unbelievable that members of the most corrupt Congress in the history of the known universe don’t care about laws, rules, procedures, or our Constitution. Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL), who you might remember as a disgraced former judge who was impeached (by a Democrat Congress) for taking bribes.

    “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
    Those of us who were in the Civil Rights movement when we were kids are just heart-broken-content of character is the key part of the message, I see we Civil Rights workers have more work to do-and Civil Rights are for all people. Martin Luther King was pure of heart, these people are not, that is why his message resounded with everyone.

    Michelle: Alcee Hastings (D-FL). OMG, I forgot about him. Impeached as a federal judge for taking bribes and so, runs for the House AND GETS ELECTED! Voters in FL’s 23rd District are absolutely entitled to elect anyone they want to represent them; but why would they? Especially when his history demonstrates, given the position and power to do so, he will sell them and us down the river, for the right price? ADMINISTRATOR

  3. bob strauss says:

    The civil rights voting division of the justice dept seems to be corrupted by the Obama/Holder administration according to testimony by Adams, and Coats.

    Isn’t this the division of the Justice dept in charge of addressing the illegalities you write about, which took place during the 2008 election?

    I fear the people have no representation when it comes to dealing with this criminal regime. It seems they have planted their people in all of the strategic positions of government in order to circumvent any legal challenge to what they are doing during this usurpation by Obama, and the DNC. The key to their survival lies within the corruption of the justice dept.

    Very scary times we live in presently. I hope the upcoming election will stifle some of the corruption,or we are in for another two years of misery.

    bob strauss: I am so glad you asked this question. The answer is, mostly no but partly yes. The Civil Rights Division was implicated in the LULAC lawsuit against the TDP (Texas Democratic Party) for failing to receive pre-approval of its delegate allocation plan under the Voting Rights Act. LULAC did not accuse the TDP of discrimination in its delegate allocation, even though under the TDP plan, votes from black districts proportionally result in more pledged delegates appointed than in Latino districts. The suit only alleges, the TDP failed to obtain prior approval. (Interestingly, the TDP argued, ‘we are not a governmental entity and, therefore, need not obtain such approval for our delegate allocation plan.’ The federal courts in TX ruled, given that the function of allocating delegates per voting district mimics a traditional state function, for the purpose of delegate plans, the TDP is a government entity.

    No conduct at the caucuses, however despicable, implicated voting rights because these are private club affairs. (I often repeat this distinction throughout the blogosphere, trying to educate the public as to the distinction between state action and private conduct. But, the few people who have made a living publicizing the ‘fraud’ at the caucuses keep drowning me out, with considerable nasty barbs for my efforts.)

    Has your state enacted a law requiring Electors to only vote for a President after confirming s/he is Constitutionally eligible for the job? ADMINISTRATOR

  4. […] at South Carolina State University.”  (In his campaign advertising, Mr. Clyburn claims SCSU is his alma mater.) What he didn’t say is that he began securing funding for transportation related research […]

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