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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, June 29, 2007

Demand grows for Thompson announcement

(The Patriot Post) - When WSMV-TV of Nashville reported this week that Fred Thompson would be making Nashville the home of his presidential campaign headquarters, there was an assumption that he would be formally announcing his candidacy for the White House. No such luck yet, but the buzz around this simple announcement is as sure a sign as any that his entry is both imminent and highly anticipated.

When Thompson does announce, the dynamics of the race for the Republican nomination will completely change. To this point, none of the frontrunners has captured the hearts of American conservatives. In particular, John McCain may have suffered irreparable damage due to his attachment to the failed immigration-reform bill. Thompson already ranks at or near the top of several nationwide polls without having made a formal announcement of his candidacy.

Even his ex-wife and some of his old flames in politics and entertainment have pledged to campaign for him. Country singer and former girlfriend Lorrie Morgan gushed, “I couldn’t think of a bad word to say about Fred if somebody put a gun to my head. Fred is a perfect example of chivalry. He’s the kind of man little girls dream about marrying...” It’ll be interesting to see whether Monica Lewinsky exhibits an equal measure of enthusiasm for Hillary’s candidacy.


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