When you’ve lost the guy who put you in the White House, you’ve really lost everybody.
House Majority Whip James Clyburn (S.C.), the third-ranking member of the House Democratic leadership, says he’s not commenting on whether President Biden should run for reelection until he sees the results of the Nov. 8 midterm elections.
“I have no idea. Until this election is over, I’m not going to focus on ’24,” Clyburn said at a campaign event in Charlotte for Democratic Senate candidate Cheri Beasley.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) have also sidestepped questions about whether Biden should run for a second term.
Pelosi and Schumer ducking isn’t surprising, but Rep. Clyburn dragged Biden through the primaries and handed him the black voters who got him the nomination. In return, Clyburn got a lot of his allies appointed to high positions. Biden promised Clyburn a black female VP and Supreme Court justice. While he got those in the general sense, specifically, Biden rejected Clyburn’s relatively moderate SCOTUS nominee in favor of a pro-pedophile leftist backed by the Left.
Is Clyburn still angry about getting stiffed? Maybe. But he’s also enough of a political operator to know a dead horse when he sees one. Clyburn could mobilize black voters to drag Biden through a crowded primary where the main competition was Commissar Bernie, Senator-Speaks-With-Socialist-Tongue and Alfred E. Neuman, but gay. Biden still does best among black voters, but he’s down there and it would take a whole lot more work.
Biden has given Clyburn a lot. Black voters are the administration’s top priority. But even Clyburn isn’t willing to say that he would back a second term. That means no one is.