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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.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

It Takes a Hillage

By David Boaz
Cato Institute

More than two million people have viewed a video on YouTube that mocks Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton as an Orwellian Big Sister. It's a "mash-up" of the 1984 Super Bowl commercial that portrayed IBM as Big Brother. In the new version, Hillary is on the big screen, droning on about "a national conversation" and "we're all part of the solution...the American team" until a young blonde woman throws a sledgehammer into her giant image.

The creator of the video was anonymous. But he was discovered to be an employee of the company that created Sen. Barack Obama's campaign website. The company fired him, presumably for creating a much more effective anti-Hillary ad than anything the campaign and its consultants had produced officially.

The image of Hillary Clinton on a giant screen reminded me of one of the proposals in her book, It Takes a Village.


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