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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.

Saturday, September 30, 2006

Foxx's claims just a fundraising gimmick

By Linda Brinson, Winston-Salem Journal editorial page editor:

A reader kindly sent us a copy of a fundraising letter from Rep. Virginia Foxx that he received at his home on Sept. 20. Todd Poole, who is managing Foxx's campaign for re-election to the 5th District congressional seat, confirmed that the letter was written by Foxx and mailed out by the campaign.
The letter claims that:
1. The Journal attacks Foxx almost daily in its editorial pages.
2. The Journal will not allow her to write a letter to the editor to set the record straight.
3. The Journal will not print letters from her supporters, either.
The rest is, in essence, a standard boilerplate plea for donations. The Journal is running against her, Foxx says, so she needs more money to buy ads on radio and television. When we stopped laughing, we decided to address a few of the more misleading and erroneous of her assertions...

Virginia Foxx really screwed up with her delusional comments regarding the Iraq War "going well," and now she's paying for it in negative letters-to-the-editor sent in to the WSJ. Of course the editorial staff of the WSJ are thrilled to tears, but regardless of that fact, Foxx still said what she said. She made herself look like a delusional dumbass — or a pathetic, party line-towing shill, take your pick — and she really can't blame anybody but herself.

The sad part is that she'll still win re-election and no one even gives a sh!t who’s running against her. This week, she could probably gain new fans at the Dixie Classic Fair wearing a full clown suit and singing show tunes as long as she was at the Republican Party booth. In a district that primarily votes straight Republican, this is not surprising. I can only wonder why people are so dogmatic in their voting habits that they prefer to continue to elect complete jackasses just because they have an appropriate letter next to their name on a voting ballot. I could name other local examples, but you know them all already.


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