Joe Biden owes his entire presidency to one man, who is now calling on Senate leaders to end the filibuster.
House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) is publicly calling on President Biden to endorse ending the Senate filibuster so he can ram through a radical agenda even though Republicans hold 50 of the chamber’s 100 seats.
Biden could “pick up the phone and tell [Sen.] Joe Manchin, ‘Hey, we should do a carve-out.’” Clyburn tells POLITICO referring to the West Virginia Democrat senator skeptical of ending the filibuster. “I don’t care whether he does it in a microphone or on the telephone — just do it.”
Clyburn’s comments are notable because he’s not just the #2 Democrat in the House, he singlehandedly saved Biden’s presidential campaign.
That gives Clyburn a tremendous bargaining chip should he need a favor from Biden, a favor Clyburn has yet to cash in.
As American Action News reported in January:
Initially the front-runner after entering the race, the losses in Iowa and New Hampshire took their poll on Biden, who trailed Vermont socialist Senator Bernie Sanders among Democrats by 11% nationally for the presidential nomination.
Biden’s lead in South Carolina had fallen to 8% and many speculated he could end up losing the state and all hope of winning the nomination.
As a 14-term congressman, the House Majority Whip and a key figure in the Congressional Black Caucus, Clyburn’s endorsement carries huge weight among South Carolina’s largely black Democrat electorate.
“I know Joe Biden. I know his character, his heart, and his record. Joe Biden has stood for the hard-working people of South Carolina. We know Joe,” Clyburn said in a tweeted endorsement of Biden. “But more importantly, he know us. In South Carolina, we choose presidents. I’m calling on you to stand with @JoeBiden.”
Armed with Clyburn’s endorsement and assistance, and a recharged performance in a nationally-televised debate, Biden won the South Carolina Democrat primary by a crushing 48% to 19% margin over second-place finisher Sanders.
Biden won all 46 counties in the state and the blowout win among black voters all but ended the presidential campaigns of Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren.
The win recharged Biden’s campaign and vaulted him to the nomination, with many crediting Clyburn’s political machine for crowning the winner.
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