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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

On Skipping Tonight's Presidential Debate

If McCain is looking at the current drama on Wall Street as an opportunity to skip out on a debate w/ Obama so he can pose in Washington as a uniter — cutting through corruption or whatever — then I say, sure, just do it. But take Obama with you to the Senate floor for an unmoderated "debate" there. (Talk about real drama.)

In this day and age, someone who flies on government-owned private jets everywhere they go can be in Washington one minute and in Mississippi the next. Presidents should be able to multi-task; that means taking care of business in Washington, then making it to your next commitment to the Americans who will (or won't) be voting for your ass.


Anonymous Andy W. Rogers said...

Ah, I see you got the Obama talking points for today. McCain said he's going down to Mississippi to debate Obama tonight, so don't let your heart be troubled. :-)

Friday, September 26, 2008 11:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Ed Morrissey said...

From Hot Air:

The debates themselves are nothing more than political stunts. They pit two candidates against each other to discuss complicated issues, and give them each 120 seconds to discuss them. The debates exist to produce sound bites, not public policy. They’re a game show aimed at people who don’t pay attention to policy and make up their minds by determining who delivers the best comeback.

If the presidential race featured two Governors rather than two Senators, then the debate could go on. Governors would have no role in developing public policy to address the crisis. However, Senators already have a job in Washington, and actual policy should take priority over a television show, especially since we still have more than five weeks in which to reschedule it.

Barack Obama and John McCain already have jobs, and in a crisis, that’s where they should focus.

Friday, September 26, 2008 1:35:00 PM  
Blogger Strother said...

Ah, I see you got the Obama talking points for today.

Weak, Andy, weak. Do you actually have a problem with anything I said, or just that I'm saying it?

Maybe McCain intended to debate this whole time? He tested the waters, heard reasonable people from all sides groan, then decided to do the right thing. Regardless, at least he came to his political senses.

On the bright side, maybe these two can stop posturing so much now that it's debate time. (But that's probably not going to happen.)

Friday, September 26, 2008 2:10:00 PM  
Blogger Andy W. Rogers said...

Strother: "Weak, Andy, weak. Do you actually have a problem with anything I said, or just that I'm saying it?"

I was just pointing out you're saying the same things Obama and his supporters have said during their morning rounds on the news shows before McCain announced he would be debating tonight. It's not weak... It's an observation. :-)

Friday, September 26, 2008 2:37:00 PM  

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