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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, June 09, 2011

GOP Picks Penalty Over Play

It would have been better for Democrats to work out a compromise on voter ID. Republicans will be happy to replay this down, again and again.

RALEIGH (By John Hood, Carolina Journal Online) –
If you’re the captain of a football team whose opponents have just been flagged for a penalty, you usually get a choice of two outcomes: the penalty or the play.

Often, it makes sense to pick the penalty. You allow the opposing team to replay the down but it has to give up yardage. If the play was bad for you, or the penalty involves 10 or more yards, the decision is an easy one.

Sometimes, though, it makes sense to decline the penalty and let the play stand. If the play was good for you – you stopped the other team on third down or got a turnover – that decision is also an easy one.


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