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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, April 11, 2007

Duke Charges Dropped

Meet Crystal Gail Mangum. The North Carolina woman, a 28-year-old college student/exotic dancer, last year claimed to have been sexually assaulted by a trio of Duke University students after she performed at an off-campus party attended by members of the school's lacrosse team. This afternoon, North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper announced that he was dropping all charges against the men, saying that there was "no credible evidence" against the "innocent" trio. Cooper said that, in fact, evidence gathered by investigators contradicted the accuser's claim, adding that the woman herself has "told many stories" that were themselves contradictory.

Roy Cooper is calling Nifong a "rogue" prosecutor. The irony is that Nifong step-laddered his political career on this case and now Roy Cooper is doing the same for his gubernatorial aspirations.

And people wonder at the comparisons between politics and prostitution.


Blogger Andy W. Rogers said...

Roy Cooper has said he's not running for governor... Who knows, he might run against Elizabeth Dole next year or Richard Burr in '10.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007 8:11:00 PM  

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