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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.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Perdue Predicament

The best option Democrats have right now is for the governor to recover her footing and make a serious contest out of what now seems a foregone conclusion.

HENDERSONVILLE (By John Hood, Carolina Journal Online) – I’ve been traveling westward from Raleigh today, making speeches and talking with local political activists and news reporters. Big surprise: outside of the immediate vicinity of the state capitol, few North Carolinians are paying a great deal of attention to latest votes in the General Assembly or the latest maneuvers of Gov. Beverly Perdue.

Within the downtown Raleigh cocoon, it might look like Perdue’s recent vetoes and veto threats have given her some political traction. Outside it, however, the governor is in huge trouble – and picking fights over ObamaCare, corporate welfare, charter schools, and the voter ID bill has only made things worse.

North Carolina swing voters don’t much like the first two. Perdue is defending them. Swing voters do like the latter two. Perdue is attacking them.


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