Clyburn Is the Perfect Ally for Obama

Dem whip brings consensus-building record to campaign
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 19, 2008 1:56 PM CDT
Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco, left, House Majority Whip James Clyburn of S.C., center, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., in Washington, Tuesday, June 19, 2007, to discuss Hurricane Katrina recovery...   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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(Newser) – Jim Clyburn is exactly the kind of ally Obama needs. A pioneer in his own right, the first Southern-raised black majority whip has a strong record of building consensus among blacks, whites, Hispanics, and people of all faiths. He's the action to complement Obama's lofty words, reports Politico—and holds credibility among voters not impressed by the candidate.

A veteran of the Civil Rights movement, Clyburn sees an "awakening" this election cycle not seen since the days of King and RFK. And where he saw stark divides between Democrats and the faithful in 2004, the whip holds hope this year. “I have an obligation to help my caucus to get through this thicket,” he says.