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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, January 25, 2008

From the Left: The Clinton Chronicles continue

(The Patriot Post) - Former President Bill Clinton told the media that he personally witnessed voter intimidation by Culinary Workers Union supporters of Barack Obama at last week’s Nevada caucus. Obama and Hillary Clinton split Nevada with 13 and 12 delegates, respectively, which was probably what led to the baseless accusations of intimidation. After all, the Clintons believe that Hillary should just be anointed as the Democrat nominee, and any loss that she suffers must be the work of fraud. The Las Vegas press has yet to find any evidence of voter suppression or intimidation in the Nevada contest, and the Obama campaign has urged the Clintons to file complaints if they have evidence. Obama’s people certainly realize that the Clintons don’t work that way. For them, it’s not about evidence; it’s about what kind of story they can spread in the media.

In another story, it appears Bill’s post-presidential work as a financial consultant for longtime supporter Ron Burkle, a billionaire investor, could net him a cool $20 million. Clinton was an adviser in Burkle’s Yucaipa investment group, which reaped hundreds of millions of dollars in profits from large domestic sales in recent months. Clinton has been looking to cash out of the deal to remove any potential conflicts of interest with his wife’s White House candidacy. The extent of Bill’s involvement with Yucaipa still remains unclear and, based on the Clintons’ history of questionable business dealings, is worthy of further public scrutiny.

Finally, Hillary Clinton accused Barack Obama in the latest debate of “practicing law and representing your contributor, [Tony] Rezko, in his slum landlord business in inner city Chicago,” a nasty shot that one could read as racially bigoted. Well, what do you know... a photo of Clinton with Rezko surfaced. Hillary pulled out the old standby “I don’t recall...” when questioned about it. “I probably have taken hundreds of thousands of pictures. I don’t know the man. I wouldn’t know him if he walked in the door.” Maybe true, but with Clinton, who knows?


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