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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.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

NC Senator Kay Hagan refuses to answer how Health Care Mandate is Constitutional


Anonymous Ed Morrissey said...

(Hot Air) - Time flies when you’re having … to dodge a question you can’t answer. Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC) “scoots” almost as soon as the hosts of Rush Radio 94.5 (not affiliated with Rush Limbaugh) ask Hagan to justify a federal mandate to buy insurance under the Constitution during yesterday’s interview. Instead of providing an answer, Hagan starts talking about “free riders” and the costs to the insured, and then suddenly discovers that she’s needed elsewhere, 'right now'. The co-hosts are left laughing about her escape trick and note, correctly, that she never answered their question...

The ironic valediction is my favorite part of the clip. Hagan talks about the necessity of providing “financial literacy” to students in a run-on sentence that defies diagramming, all while resolutely refusing to expose her illiteracy of Constitutional theory and practice. If the entire display wasn’t so depressing, I’d be laughing, too.

Thursday, April 22, 2010 12:31:00 PM  

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