House Majority Whip James Clyburn today accused Andrew Breitbart of being either “mean or sick.” Here’s what he said:

Which explains why Jim Clyburn held his strongest criticism for conservative activist and blogger Andrew Breitbart. Breitbart released the edited video Monday. He told FOX he obtained the video from an “individual in Georgia.” However, the shorter portions of the video only portrayed Sherrod in a negative light.

“This guy is so mean. Mean or sick,” Clyburn said of Breitbart. “I know what point he’s trying to make. That’s how idiotic he is.”

It’s true that Ms. Sherrod helped the Spooners keep their farm, which is the most important thing she could do. Still, that doesn’t make her a saint. Ms. Sherrod didn’t hesitate in bashing FNC in an interview with Media Matters even though FNC showed the proper restraint with the story, as evidenced by Sr. VP Michael Clemente’s email directive:

After a news meeting Monday afternoon, an e-mail directive was sent to the news staff in which Fox Senior Vice President Michael Clemente said: “Let’s take our time and get the facts straight on this story. Can we get confirmation and comments from Sherrod before going on-air. Let’s make sure we do this right.”

Clyburn’s comments about Andrew Breitbart aren’t warranted, either. As he said in his interview with Sean Hannity, the video that he posted on Big Government highlighted the bad behavior of those attending NAACP’s banquet. It wasn’t a statement about Ms. Sherrod.

Rep. Clyburn can yap all he wants but his diatribe is scripted. It fits this week’s Democrats’ script perfectly. History proves that the Democrats can’t thrive without a boogeyman. Newt Gingrich was the first post-Housecleaning villain. The next liberal boogeyman was Dick Armey, followed by Tom DeLay.

This isn’t surprising. Democrats can’t compete on the battlefield of ideas. Clyburn’s diatribe indicates that Democrats are worried about this year’s elections. I don’t think Clyburn or Pelosi understand the level of people’s frustration with government. I don’t think they understand how livid people are with the bills Congress has passed, especially the finreg bill, health care and the stimulus.

The Democrat leadership’s strategy is to run on those bills. This November, they’ll find out just how upset America is with their agenda.

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Cross-posted at California Conservative

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