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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.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Rush Limbaugh's Morning Update: Inflammatory

When the effort to reform campaign financing was underway, I warned everybody it would weaken Republicans' ability to freely speak to voters. I also predicted it would not take the money out of politics, it would merely redirect it -- and all that has happened.

Now there's another effort underway aimed at restricting campaign speech. It's the ad produced by the North Carolina Republican Party questioning the judgment of two Democrats running for governor who support Obama. The ad uses clips of Obama pastor Jeremiah Wright to illustrate the extreme liberalism of Democrats. This has been deemed too "inflammatory" by two North Carolina Drive-By TV stations in Raleigh and Charlotte.

Senator McCain, of course, has denounced the ad -- and a few weak-kneed Republicans, apparently trying to curry favor, have joined the condemnation.

Now, for over 40 years, conservatives have been accused of horrible things: starving kids, hurting the elderly, racism, sexism -- you name it. These liberal themes are part of the Drive-By narrative. Liberal groups run ads all season long, always on the attack.

Yet whenever Republicans raise a sharp, truthful issue about Democrats and liberals, there is an uproar -- especially if Democrats can haul out the race card. Voters have a right to know who their candidates are, and with whom they associate; it leads to knowing their character. What should be regarded as "inflammatory" is the effort to suppress the political speech of those who merely point out the truth.

Read the Background Material on the Morning Update...
AP: North Carolina GOP Leadership Divided Over Obama Ad


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