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alp227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-10-11 01:24 AM
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by Ben Pershing

As Rep. James E. Clyburn settles behind his desk on the first floor of the Capitol, the view behind him of the office buildings across Independence Avenue is less than commanding. His office is high-ceilinged but narrow, and the walls are bare. Multiple aides are crammed into an adjoining room.

Its a far cry from the spacious third-floor suite the South Carolina lawmaker occupied when he served as majority whip. But now that Democrats have been relegated to the minority, Clyburn is fortunate just to have an office in the Capitol and, more importantly, a place at the leadership table.

After their electoral drubbing in November, House Democratic leaders played an unusual game of musical chairs in which, rather than leave someone standing, they simply decided to add another seat. Thus was born Clyburns current title assistant Democratic leader.

The post was created after it became clear that Clyburn couldnt beat Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (Md.) for the minority whip position, but he also didnt want to unseat either of the two men below him on the leadership ladder: Democratic Caucus Chairman John B. Larson (Conn.) and Caucus Vice Chairman Xavier Becerra (Calif.)

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Or on Tuesday's Washington Post.
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