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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.

Friday, March 30, 2007

McCain Almost Switched Sides?

(Fox News) - Democratic lawmakers say Republican Sen. John McCain was close to leaving the GOP in 2001, right before Vermont Republican Jim Jeffords made the switch that gave Democrats control of the Senate.

The Hill newspaper reports former Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle and others had meetings with McCain, and that things such as committee assignments and seniority were discussed. McCain was said to be frustrated as a result of his loss to George W. Bush in the 2000 presidential primaries. But McCain denies that he ever considered leaving the party.

Still, his chief political strategist, John Weaver, tells the paper that McCain did indeed talk to Democrats about moving across the aisle.


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