You have NO room to talk, Rep. Clyburn (UPDATE: MATT YGLESIAS LIES)

Posted by: ST on March 12, 2009 at 6:03 pm

Oh please – spare me the “outrage”:

House Minority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) told me he thinks S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford’s quip comparing President Obama’s stimulus package to Zimbabwe’s economic policies are “beyond the pale” — and suggested they might carry a racial subtext.

“For him to compare the president of this country to Mugabe. … It’s just beyond the pale,” said Clyburn, who has sparred with Sanford over the Republican’s refusal to accept all the state’s stimulus funding.

Asked if his “beyond the pale” comment implied a racial overtone to Sanford’s remarks, Clyburn replied:

“I’m sure he would not say that, but how did he get to Zimbabwe? What took the man to Zimbabwe? Someone should ask him if that’s really the best comparison. … How can he compare this country’s situation to Zimbabwe?”

Sanford didn’t explicitly mention Mugabe -— among the most despotic and incompetent leader in Africa — when speaking with reporters in the Palmetto State on Wednesday. But he likened the stimulus, pushed by Obama administration and congressional Democrats, to the disastrous hyper-inflationary policies of Mugabe’s regime.

“What you’re doing is buying into the notion that if we just print some more money that we don’t have, send it to different states — we’ll create jobs,” Sanford said. “If that’s the case, why isn’t Zimbabwe a rich place?… Why isn’t Zimbabwe just an incredibly prosperous place. ‘Cause they’re printing money they don’t have and sending it around to their different — I don’t know the towns in Zimbabwe but that same logic is being applied there with little effect.”


UPDATE: “Rep. Clyburn always plays the race card,” shot back Sanford spokesman Joel Sawyer, who said his boss has also compared the stimulus to failed government policies in Germany and Argentina. “This policy will result in hyper-infaltion. … [Clyburn] is ripping off the people he purports to represent.”

Just a few weeks ago Clyburn accused Sanford and other Southern GOP governors of racism for considering not taking the stimulus money.

Jason Zengerle at the liberal TNR blog responds:

With the stipulation that Obama’s stimulus package bears no resemblance whatsoever to Zimbabwe’s economic policy, I assume Sanford got to Zimbabwe because, if you’re going to allege that the stimulus package will lead to inflation (as Sanford did), then Zimbabwe–with its annual inflation rate of 89.7 Sextillion percent–makes for the ultimate unfavorable comparison. Granted, it’s a stupid comparison for Sanford to make, but I assume he was making it because of Zimbabwe’s hyperinflation, not because of its racial make-up.

Sounds like he got it right.

Update – 11:27 PM: This is an outrageous lie. Sanford did NOT compare Obama to Mugabe. Matt Yglesias should be ashamed of himself. He wasn’t like this until he started writing for “Think Progress.” Oh well.

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6 Responses to “You have NO room to talk, Rep. Clyburn (UPDATE: MATT YGLESIAS LIES)”


  1. Neo says:

    With the Democrats already talking about a 2nd stimulus, it seems that only the Europeans are the only barrier saving us from another round as they see “debt” for what it is.

    The only remaining question is whether Obama will take unilateral action.

  2. yo says:

    ignore the race mongers.

    we’re in the bottom of the barrel and trying to fight our way out by saying, “oh no, I am not a racist” is just plain stupid. let those twits say anything they want and lets just stick to our game plan. now, if we just had a game plan.

  3. Russ says:

    Isn’t Beyond the ” Pale ” a racist comment agianst white people

  4. beachrat says:

    I’m a melanin-challenged American, and Rep Clyburn needs to apologize for his racist characterization of Sanford’s statement as “beyond the PALE”.


  5. Carlos says:

    Clyburn is simply using the old, tiresome, tried and true tactic of transference. A race-baiter, and a racist, at the very core of the definition.

    Eventually, the truth will out and Clyburn, Sharpton, Jackson et al will be recognized for what they are, greedy socialist demagogues dependent upon the continued friction (or perceived friction) between all races.

  6. Marshall Art says:

    My last out of state vacation was to Charleston, S.C. (with a stop in N.C. to visit my step-daughters’ half-sister—don’t ask). I loved the place and it immediately became a place close to my heart. I was further enthralled to learn of its fine governor, Mark Sanford, and thought, “my, what a great place to retire!”

    But then there’s Clyburn. Damn, I’m from Illinois and y’all know who came from here…plus, we’ve got Dick Durbin.

    We’ve just gotta get Congressional control back to conservatism. Wasn’t that two weeks after the Contract With America great? What the hell happened?