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Bully Pulpit

The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

RE: Running from Democrats & Sheehan

To be honest, Estrich is the first liberal Democrat I've heard to denounce Sheehan.

Right, and that's my point. Estrich is plugged in pretty high in the national Democrat organization. I think you're seeing the test market for the Democrat's next position on Sheehan. She is starting to become a liability, so Democrats from top to bottom will start trying to shake her off like gum stuck to their shoes. The Robertson gambit failed because Republicans and/or conservatives refused to come to his rescue and stand by his remarks. If what Estrich is doing fails, you may even hear Howie Dean start making anti-Sheehan noises.

The more the public learns of Sheehan, the less they like her. Look behind what Estrich is selling. Sheehan's remarks weren't all that anti-semitic. They were stridently anti-Israel, though. With the recent events in Gaza, American Jews are very sensitive to anti-Israeli sentiment just now. That's a liability Democrat's can't afford, especially since polling indicates Jews are leaving them in droves because of their pro-Palestinian, anti-Israel positions.


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