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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, September 26, 2008

McCain's Going to Debate Tonight

(Fox News) - John McCain is resuming his campaign activities and will debate Barack Obama Friday night in Mississippi, McCain’s campaign announced two days after he said he would suspend his campaign to deal with a financial rescue plan being debated in Washington.


Anonymous Brown Hornet said...

It will be interesting to hear people's reactions over tonight's debate because I think they are thinking they (McCain & Obama) will be debating the financial crisis we are in, but in reality, tonight's debate is focused on foreign policy/national security. That's one of the reasons McCain suggested postponing tonight's debate because people will be tuning in to hear about bailouts, when instead, they will hear about Iraq, Iran, Russia & North Korea.

Friday, September 26, 2008 2:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Rick Moran said...

From the American Thinker:

It doesn't matter what the debate is ostensibly about (foreign policy). The first question to McCain will be something like "Why did you decide to attend the debate after promising not to until a bailout agreement had been reached?" It's a trick question because there is no answer McCain could give that would pass the smell test. His gambit has failed and I suspect (although the polls may surprise me) that McCain has been hurt by the whole affair.

I might also point out that McCain's prep time for this debate has been severely limited so the chances of some major league gaffe have risen greatly. Obama will have canned answers all memorized so he will come off presidential and relaxed. Besides, just between you and me, I suspect many stories declaring Obama the hands down winner of the debate have already been written.

Friday, September 26, 2008 3:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Thomas Lifson said...

From the American Thinker:

Once again I see things differently from Rick.

There is every reason to expect that the debate will be about the bailout bill. McCain can state that it is important for the American public to understand what went on in the meeting he and Obama attended, because the Democrats have been lying about it. Obama led, as the Reid and Pelosi deferred to him. He attacked the Republican counter-plan that had been sent to him in advance, and the meeting erupted into a shouting match. The Democrats are blaming McCain, who didn't speak until the end (as inadvertently acknowledged by Reid).

He can then say that the House Democrats have the ability to pass the bill without Republican support. In fact, Republicans couldn't stop it if they tried. Once the House passes it, the bill will be on the Thomas website, and everyone can look at it, as he joins Senator Obama in the Senate debate.

If the Democrats think the bill is sound, they should "put country first" and pass it. Nevermind the politics. They will get the credit if it works. And like President Bush, accountability if it doesn't work. Senator Obama should call on Speaker Pelosi to expedite the bill, if he thinks it is sound. (Put Obama on the spot.)

He might then mention the earmark for ACORN buried in the bill, referenced by his friend Lindsay Graham.

Let Obama deal with the material minus a teleprompter.

The whole nation will be watching.

Friday, September 26, 2008 3:38:00 PM  

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