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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, June 20, 2007

Bloomberg Quits Republican Party, Cleared For Run

Seen as Prelude to ’08, ‘Although My Plans For Future Haven’t Changed’

By Josh Benson
The New York Observer

A little past 6 p.m. on the evening of June 19, Michael Bloomberg’s press office sent out the following statement:

“I have filed papers with the New York City Board of Elections to change my status as a voter and register as unaffiliated with any political party.”

And just like that, all the theories about the Mayor’s independent candidacy for President in 2008 became not so theoretical.

Yes, that innocent-sounding statement was followed by a ritualistic denial by the Mayor about how his plans for the future hadn’t changed.

But what does that mean?


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