POLITICS: Jim Clyburn too conservative? Signs of emerging Democratic divide

Posted by ANDREW SHAIN on December 14, 2013 

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Assistant Minority Leader James Clyburn, D-S.C., faces cameras outside the West Wing of the White House, following a meeting with President Barack Obama and members of the Democratic Caucus, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013 in Washington.

PABLO MARTINEZ MONSIVAIS — AP

U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn is used to political foes calling him liberal. They’ve been doing it for years. Now, though, prominent liberals are coming after him for being too conservative.

Several left-wing groups are criticizing South Carolina’s Clyburn, the No. 3 Democratic leader in the House of Representatives, for his relationship with one of the party’s influential centrist policy organizations.

The founders of that think tank, Third Way, attacked U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., last week for pushing tax hikes for the rich and increases in Social Security benefits, and for taking other stances that they said represented risky fiscal approaches and bad political strategies.

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