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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.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Obama Plays Race Card: Rallies Blacks, Latinos For '10 Upset

"It will be up to each of you to make sure that the young people, African Americans, Latinos, and women, who powered our victory in 2008 stand together once again."


Anonymous Ed Morrissey said...

(Hot Air) - Well, at least we know who the DNC 'doesn’t' want around in the midterms by subtraction: older white and Asian men. At least, that’s a fair interpretation of the President’s otherwise dull speech to the faithful.

It’s not exactly playing a “race card,” which usually means some claim of either victimization or super-credibility for a particular argument, but it’s a little more frank than usual about the motives of political organizations. No one doubts that both parties approach electoral politics on the basis of demographics; both Democrats and Republicans make quite a show of it, especially when talking to groups that find their basis on ethnicity or religion. What they normally 'don’t' do is frame it in such an exclusionary way as Obama does in this video. Is this election really dependent on overwhelming the demographics that he leaves out of his appeal?

In a word, 'yes'. Obama won’t top this ticket, and with his approval ratings heading steadily south, it’s questionable whether he would help or hurt the national Democratic ticket anyway. As Smith notes, he needs that surge from 2008 to reappear this year, but Obama’s really addressing the wrong groups if he wants that to happen. His big problem is that independents have peeled away from the Democrats — and this isn’t exactly the way to bring them back into the fold.

Monday, April 26, 2010 12:26:00 PM  

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