By some strange coincidence, the Democrats, again, force a black to the back; who could have figured it..... Representative James Clyburn, serving since 1993, dearly wished to be the Democrat minority whip....but it was not to be: a white Democrat, it seems, always receives precedence. Under an arrangement reached two days ago, Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the current majority leader, would get the No. 2 job of minority whip come January. Clyburn, now majority whip, would hold the post of assistant leader, newly created for the purpose of heading off a contest for the whip position. Democrats Agree on Leadership as Clyburn Settles for No. 3 Post - BusinessWeek Where, oh where, did the idea come from that Democrats are sensitive to the wishes of their black constituents? 1. In 2005, the Democrats did not name Donna Brazile to head the Democratic National Committee. They chose Howard Dean. 2. Gov. David A. Paterson defiantly vowed to run for election next year despite the White Houses urging that he withdraw from the New York governors race. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/20/nyregion/20paterson.html 3. President Barack Obama has kept mum on the fate of Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) for days -- but he tells CBS News that it's time for the embattled 80-year-old former Ways and Means Chairman to end his career "with dignity." "I think Charlie Rangel served a very long time and served-- his constituents very well. But these-- allegations are very troubling," Obama told Harry Smith in an interview to be aired on the "Early Show." and first broadcast on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric. Obama: Time for Rangel to end career "with dignity" - Ben Smith - POLITICO.com 4 Harold Ford told not to run for Senator from New York: From the start, Mr. Fords potential candidacy angered national Democratic Party leaders by disrupting plans for what was planned as a seamless Gillibrand nomination. Harry Reid of Nevada, the Senate majority leader, called Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg to discourage him from supporting Mr. Ford, and Senator Charles E. Schumer of New York met personally with Mr. Ford to argue against his candidacy. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/02/nyregion/02ford.html 5. As state comptroller, [Carl] McCall earned the distinction of being the first African American ever elected to a statewide office in New York. Four years later voters overwhelmingly supported McCall over Republican Bruce Blakeman 64.75 to 32.1%. McCall's reelection in 1998 may have given him the confidence he needed in order to pursue the governor's mansion .The McCall campaign had the support of the Democratic Party; whether or not McCall had the party's full support has been the subject of much debate .Still one wonders just how committed the party was to McCall's campaign .shunned by some of the state's most respected Democrats McCall blamed his money woes on the national Democratic Party, claiming that the party had abandoned his campaign . H. Carl McCall for Governor: a lesson to all black high-profile statewide office seekers. - Free Online Library 6. And, most telling, Bill Clintons remarks about the black candidate for the presidency: [A]s Hillary bungled Caroline, Bills handling of Ted was even worse. The day after Iowa, he phoned Kennedy and pressed for an endorsement, making the case for his wife. But Bill then went on, belittling Obama in a manner that deeply offended Kennedy. Recounting the conversation later to a friend, Teddy fumed that Clinton had said, A few years ago, this guy would have been getting us coffee. Teddy's anger - Ben Smith - POLITICO.com 7. Three staffers working for embattled Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) were asked by security officers to leave an event in downtown Washington on Thursday after they tried to display large campaign signs just as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was about to speak. .. Waters told The Hill afterward that the staffers had been displaying the signs at the annual legislative conference for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, which was held at the Washington convention center a few blocks away. It aint about Nancy. Its about black people, Waters said. Waters aides expelled from Pelosi event - TheHill.com 8. And what Governor of Arkansas made the Saturday before Easter "Confederate Flag Day"? The Arkansas Code, Section 1-5-107. Confederate Flag Day. (a) The Saturday immediately preceding Easter Sunday of each year is designated as "Confederate Flag Day" in this state. No person, firm, or corporation shall display any Confederate flag or replica thereof in connection with any advertisement of any commercial enterprise, or in any manner for any purpose except to honor the Confederate States of America. Any person, firm, or corporation violating the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be fined not less than one hundred dollars ($100) nor more than one thousand dollars ($1,000). 9. Do Democrats in Congress support blacks by practicing affirmative action in their hiring and of course this would be our of moral convictions, as they are legally exempt from affirmative action requirements. More than passing interesting, the National Journal, a survey of congressional staffers revealed that Democrats hired black employees at the same rate as Republicans: 2 percent. The Racial Breakdown of Congressional Staffs, National Journal, June 21, 2005 a. Schweitzer, Do As I Say, p. 9 10. Clinton pushed black candidate to drop out of Florida race: Bill Clinton sought to persuade Rep. Kendrick Meek to drop out of the race for Senate during a trip to Florida last week and nearly succeeded Clinton did not dangle a job in front of Meek, who gave up a safe House seat to run for the Senate, but instead made the case that the move would advance the congressmans future prospects, said a third Democrat familiar with the conversations. Clinton campaigned with Meek in Florida on Oct. 19 and 20, and thought he had won Meek over. But as the week wore on, Meek lost his enthusiasm for the arrangement, spurred in part, a third Democratic source said, by his wifes belief that he could still win the race. Clinton spoke with Meek again at weeks end, three Democrats said, and again Meek said he would drop out. Read more: Bill Clinton pushed Kendrick Meek to quit Florida race - Ben Smith - POLITICO.com Quite a few coincidences, eh?