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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.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Republicans create own 'Frankenstein monsters'

It wasn't all that long ago that Republicans were looking to Arnold Schwarzenegger as a pumped-up version of Ronald Reagan, who but for the unfortunate fact of his Austrian birth, might have ridden the coattails of a Republican revival in California to an eventual victory in the White House. They spurned a man with genuine conservative credentials and spent much effort convincing Republicans in California and around the country that Arnold was a conservative at heart, his connections to Hollywood and the Kennedy clan notwithstanding.

And, in fairness, Gov. Schwarzenegger demonstrated that he does have some genuinely conservative inclinations. But a man's personal inclinations and his ability to stand by them in public are two entirely different things, especially when that public is hostile. It didn't take long for Arnold to capitulate to the girly men, of course, surprising no one except perhaps Hugh Hewitt, whose Panglossian approach to life must be envied.

Vox Day


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